A compelling and very multi-layered record concerning ‘root essence’, occult layers of self, the Tarot and much more, Lux is a major moment for Denver’s In The Company Of Serpents. Pummeling sludge, dreamy wasteland hallucination and solar ego fat melt are all part of the experience.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero, the album is the most dynamic release yet from a band who, like Ufomammut or Bask, are content to stack up solid releases upon each other and let the work speak for itself rather than get cocky and big heads. Still, the band have to be feeling pretty stoked on some of this brilliant material. “The Fool’s Journey” is ten minutes of patient stage setting that then leads to one payoff moment after another. The essential statement examined on here is that all is sound, mind, light.
“The Chasm At The Mouth Of All” is probably my favorite, creeping along like Giant Squid was more desert rock minded with a craggy old wise man on verse vocals. I was definitely feeling the bleak country moments of that one.Ethan Lee McCarthy & Ben Hutcherson provide guest vocals on “Scales of Maat” and Paul Primus adds tasty viola to some interludes, giving this whole release the feeling of some dark film revealing moments of hope during a weary series of trials.
If you have slept on this band before this is a great place to start and you’ll be rewarded with plenty of huge riffs from the formidable trio as well as bellowing screams to counterbalance the more “open minded” moments. It’s a profound and killer record anyone from Neil Young to Mastodon fans could curl up next to a campfire with (while keeping a watchful eye out for deadly critters).