Bong are resurrecting some of their back-catalogue via their spiritual home, Ritual Productions. Mostly a live band, the band‘s studio recordings all follow the same live path, jams around a central riff and a basic structure, shunning any overdubs and with minimal post-production. Influences most apparent in the sound are 1970s psychedelic rock groups (especially Parson Sound) and doom staples such as Come My Fanatics -era Electric Wizard and Sleep‘s Jerusalem, Slow, chanting vocals and spoken-word sections are drawn from the lands of Lord Dunsany, Clark Ashton Smith and other dreamers‘ tales from the early 20th century, mirroring their stories of hashish-induced sojourns to outer worlds..
Their 2009 self-titled debut album was originally released on vinyl, limited to 500 copies and with just two edited album tracks, Wizards Of Krull and The Starlit Grotto. Ritual Productions are proud to unleash the album for the first time ever on CD and digitally, including the full versions of these tracks and one unreleased bonus track entitled Asleep.
This revitalised collection will remind people of Bong's beginnings, when their early meditative hymns were committed to wax. The bonus track is a rare treat too, witness Bong at their darkest, most mournful and most psychedelic.
Overall, a great collectible and an interesting comparison to their new material. These jams still sound so utterly entrancing.
1. Wizards of Krull
2. The Starlit Grotto
3. Asleep (Bonus Track)