35007

35007


1. Herd
2. Soul Machine
3. Short Sharp Left
4. Undo
5. Big Bore
6. Vein
7. 66
8. Power Truth
9. Locker
10. Zero 21

"During their time together, it was said that Netherlands-based progressive heavy rockers 35007 were "a state of mind". That’s fair. A lot of bands have slogans. Looking back on their catalog now, nearly a decade after the 2005 release of their final album, "Phase V", their discography seems less a state of mind than a world to be explored. Germany's Stickman Records, which was the band's label home for most of their tenure, has continued to foster that exploration since 35007's dissolution, both in making their studio outings available to those bold enough to find it and in fostering other European heavy prog acts like Motorpsycho, whose legend and catalog seems to grow each year. In a grand gesture of reverence, Stickman has recently reissued three of 35007's albums on vinyl: 1994's "Especially For You" debut, 1997's sophomore long-player "35007", and 2002's "Liquid".

"Each release is different, and it's important to remember that we're spanning eight years of the band, different lineups, a developing approach, but what unites all three is the bleeding-out passion with which the reissues are executed. Not just time, effort and money put into them, but love. It's evident in the gatefolds of "35007" and "Especially For You", or in the way the color of the vinyl matches the album artwork for all three — black and red on "Especially For You", white on "35007" and blue on "Liquid". These are 180g treasures for a group who, if they'd come along a decade later than they did, would still probably be considered among the forebears of modern European heavy psychedelia. In presentation and in the sound of each of these, the spirit of honoring the band is obvious and palpable, and while that might intimidate the novice or someone less familiar with 35007's work, the music itself is so consuming that one can't help get immersed, first time listener or not."

"It would be difficult to mess with the low-end fuzz that underscores the breathing tension of "35007" opener "Herd", and you won’t hear me try. I'll again compare it to Astrosoniq's propensity for opening to a chorus, but it's really just the tip of the weird futuristic submarine racing apparatus when it comes to 35007's second album, also known as "Into The Void We Travelled". Issued three years after their debut as their first outing on Stickman, it's immediately more cohesive stylistically, a bruiser riff in "Soul Machine" finding accompaniment in the keys and psychedelic undercurrents, the two sides playing off each other rather than competing as they sometimes seem to be on "Especially For You". Of course, the ambient vibe isn't absent either, as "Short Sharp Left", which rounds out side A takes hold with a swaggering, almost Western, guitar line and drum stomp only after a stretch of ambience that picks up directly from "Soul Machine", making it impossible to tell on the LP where one ends and the other starts. A lot of what 35007 accomplishes on this album is laid out in the first of its four sides, but the thrill of the journey and hearing where the band takes its now-more-solidified approach — be it the plus-sized riffing of "Big Bore" on side B or the subsequent Zeppelin-in-space acoustics of "Vein" — shouldn't be discounted either."

"Undo" explodes to start out side B prior to the farther-out method expansion of "Big Bore" and "Vein", but it's side C and D that seem in hindsight to show where 35007 were really headed, and among these albums, the divide between the two halves of the self-titled is most stark. Songs like "Herd" and "Soul Machine" and "Big Bore" have an experimental or proggy edge to them, no doubt about it, but with "66" and "Powertruth" on side C and "Locker" and "Zero 21" bled together on side D, the band shifts first into organ-laced '70s weirdness before moving into head-down prog chug and keyboard interplay on "Powertruth" — listening right after "Especially For You", the song seems in direct conversation with parts of "Slide", but it's ultimately more straightforward — building to a rushing head before being carried out by its frenetic keyboard line. Similar impulses drive "Locker" and "Zero 21" — a flair for capturing the "let's try this" moment — but the closing duo come across most as the moment where 35007 found their niche in a psychetronic (now almost entirely) instrumental blend of heaviness and atmospherics, starting so quiet and patiently evolving the movement over the two songs to the record's blood-stirring apex. This was a crucial transitional phase in the band, and in terms of harnessing where they were coming from and where they were headed, it brings together the best of both worlds."
The Obelisk

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