The lads in Dead Meadow must be an optimistic bunch. It takes someone with a pretty positive outlook on the world to think that what the record-buying world craves right now is a live album by a stoner/classic rock band and an accompanying film that is half live material and half sequences about “biblical Bedouins”. But there are also five new songs among the ones recorded at the end of a 2008 tour, and they stand up well. First single ‘That Old Temple’ is a languid, woozy slab of fuzz with some excellent drumming, and ‘Push ‘Em To The Crux’ has some lovely female vocal harmonies floating over the psychedelic rhythm. There is a lot of superfluous wah-wah riffing and, length-wise, it’s pretty testing, but if you like your mystic musings with slow-mo riffs and extra heaviness, this is for you.

By Matthias Scherer

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