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The Astroglides - Penetrate With...dotdotdotdot
artworkFinally, the Astroglides' album is out. Issued on 12 inch (and CD-R for media), this is sure to turn some heads. It's a monster of a release, with ultra dark vocals and menacing howling surf instrumentals. the Astroglides are based in Tel Aviv, Israel. They base their music in surf and punk in unusual ways, using surf tone, nasty dark sound, and a wailing theramin. Completely unique in both punk and surf circles, this is well worth seeking out.
Picks: Dark Surf, Omar Shariff Ballad, Sewerpipe Ride, Kabbalah Fucker, Horsepower, Eli, Time Bomb, Batman, Moment Of Truth, Mystic Sphinx-ter

Track by Track Review

Dark Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ultra heavy dark surf eerily comes your way via a nasty double picked lead, reverbed and powerful over an intense howl from a wailing Theremin. Strong drums and bass, and an overall evil texture. Intensely personal in a damaged and dangerous way.

Omar Shariff Ballad dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Non melodic, dark assaultive and powered with mean doubled picked guitar over insane wailing Theremin. It invokes images of insane asylum surf rides around Aldebaran, with the white coats in hot pursuit. Very hostile.

Sewerpipe Ride dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sewerpipe Ride" is menacing dark surfcore with evil chord progressions and disturbing Theremin howls. The warlike sound is intense. Yikes!

Kabbalah Fucker dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vial epithets open... so beware. Once past, "Kabbalah Fucker" becomes a monstrously evil surf ride. Huge tone, and howling wails. This is a desert war at machine gun speed, fought against aliens of other worlds.

Horsepower dotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surfcore (Instrumental)

Great galloping heavily reverbed storm surf for the end of time... not melodic, but utterly destructive of serenity. Monster sounds and high powered bashing. Howl onward, oh Theremin the great!

Eli dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Eli" is a very dramatic number, with a big drive and mind bending wail. It's hard to imagine surf this dark, but here it is. Charge with power and drive.

Time Bomb dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Raging drums and flying double picked low-E guitar deliver an image of disaster... a melodic all be it evil riff and just plain impaling speed... man-oh-man.

Batman dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Neil Hefty certainly didn't expect this sort of thing. Nearly every other cover of the theme from the TV show is silly or playful, or dry witted at best. This is hugely nasty, with that maniacal Theremin and the throatcore chorus. Too much!

Moment Of Truth dotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surfcore (Instrumental)

An immense pummeling of the Original Surfaris' best known tune, taken to the edge of the darkness of space, where only the inverted insane can understand, and where outlanders truly rule. Immense!

Mystic Sphinx-ter dotdotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surfcore (Instrumental)

What, a slower piece? Yeah, but with demented string bending and weird tone... but then, the fast thundering power of the tune takes off on a machine gun ride... sure wish I could see these guys live!