RIYL: Hawkwind / Stooges / MC5 / Monster Magnet

Label: Heavy Psych Sounds

Raw Power!

Ecstatic Vision returns with their 3rd proper full length, further expanding their potent brand of motorik, stoner/space rock. Heavy psych performed with the raw power of 70’s garage rock (Stooges, MC5), locked grooves in the vein of the krautmasters (Can, NEU!) and spaced out trips resembling early Hawkwind, all tapped into Spine Of God era Monster Magnet for a massive spike of attitude. Production is spot on, rugged and raw. The result is something else indeed, mindbending stuff!

There’s also a repress of their debut album “Sonic Praise” available in about the same numbers!

Heavy Psych Sounds is an EU based label (Italy), and has pressed up some sweet ltd variants for these, as well as standard Black. There’s also a few test pressings left of both if you are quick.


 The Splatter and Tests are supposedly HPS exclusive, but for now it looks like the US site has some available…

The Details

Philadelphia Heavy Psych quartet Ecstatic Vision (regarded as the second coming of vintage Hawkwind) returns with their new album “For the Masses!” After bursting onto the scene with their 2015 tribal-psychedelic LP, Sonic Praise, touring the USA with Yob and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, crushing Roadburn, then quickly releasing a for-heads-only, noisy, psychedelic-garage record to weed out the weak (Raw Rock Fury), Ecstatic Vision have pulled themselves out of the muck to deliver their finest album to date. Recorded in Philadelphia at Retro City Studios with Joe Boldizar and mixed/mastered by Tim Green (Earthless, The Melvins) at Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA, Ecstatic Vision's recent fuzzed-out sound has been sculpted it into a HI/FI psychedelic wonderland. This album is the closest the band has gotten to achieving the energy of their untouchable live shows on tape. EV took a simpler approach on the art this time, using the Spanish dream-team of Edko Fuzz and Bangalore Studios. "For the Masses" blends Tripped-out Synth, Semi-Catatonic Desert driving tunes, Afro-tribal Funkadelic Vibes, Troglodyte-Detroit Rock grooves, Acid Freak-Outs, Ethereal Psychedelic Hymns, and Mind-Altering Kraut Rock into Ecstatic Vision's outsider take on modern music. It’s like if Tangerine Dream jammed with Lemmy and the Asheton Brothers and decided to play some World Music and Free Jazz in 1971.

1 Sage Wisdom
2 Shut Up And Drive
3 Yuppie Sacrifice
4 Like A Freak
5 For The Masses
6 The Magic Touch
7 Grasping The Void
releases September 20, 2019

RECORDED by Joe Boldizar and Scythe Santiago at Retro City Studios in Philadelphia.
MIXED by Tim Green at Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA

Price $24

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