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Thursday, February 18, 2016

MEN FROM S.P.E.C.T.R.E. - CLAW on Stoned Karma Records

The Men from S.P.E.C.T.R.E. are a Swiss outfit consisting of Mario JANSER (organs), Gerry GERMANN (Guitars), Robert EBLER (Percussion), Stefan SAURER (drums) and Rolf KELLER (bass).

The band has been exiting the ears of enthusiastic listeners with their unique blend of mighty hammond, pounding drums, catchy bass lines, and hard hitting percussion, topped by psychedelic fuzz and wah-wah guitars since 1997. 

I personnally shared the stage with these guys way back in my heydays as an axeman for The VICE BARONS and for The MIGHTY GORDINIS and everytime I played with them I was amazed by their ability to write incredibly catchy instrumental tracks, and believe me, this ain't no easy task.

A couple of months ago, the long awaited fourth album „CLAW“ was released on vinyl and CD on the German label Stoned Karma Records from Düsseldorf .  The Men from S.P.E.C.T.R.E latest album delivers eight psychedelic and groovy gems, filled with cosmic effects and haunting sounds recorded in one breathless session. 

My personnal favorite tracks are all in the second half of the CD and these four tracks alone are worth the price of admission. "Holy Smoke" sounds like the ideal soundtrack for a mid sixties spy movie. "Jungle food" starts with a very groovy bass line and wild percussions before the guitar starts a menacing riff and then switches to wha-wha. "Dirt Track": More percussions but this time with heavy organ and the whole track brings to mind Santana's first album in 1969 and in particular their Woodstock anthemic "Soul Sacrifice". "The End": even more hammond organ and a perfect album closer from a perfect band.

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By the way, while you're at it, take a moment to check the incredible  VIBRAVOID - 2001 2CD DELUXE EDITION 
that includes
- the full album re-stored and re-mastered 
- unreleased demos and live recordings from 1990 - 1999 
- op art gimmick sleeves and op art foil 
- 16 pages booklet 

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