Cardinal Fuzz and Sky Lantern Records have come together to bring the world Soy Dios, an extraordinary offering from Manchester's Dead Sea Apes. Ringing out like wind across the Atacama, Soy Dios could easily function as the soundtrack to some lost Jodorowsky movie that only exists in our collective imagination. Sun-baked electric guitar twangs cut across a monolithic rhythm section on the first part of this four-song suite, while the second and third segments dissipate into ghostly drones, with dubbed-out echoes of what has come before occasionally blowing to the surface. As one might hope and expect, it's the last quarter of the record that begins to bring everything back into focus - until the finale swallows you up like a sandstorm.It is clear that these musicians not only know their craft, but have the sight and vision to use it to sublime effect.
From the very first listen it is clear that Soy Dios is a colossal opening statement of intent from this key UK underground group, and one that is sure to become a critical point of reference for years to come. The record will be released in a run of 350 copies on black vinyl, as well as in limited-edition CD and cassette versions.
Distributed in Europe by Cardinal Fuzz, and in the United States by Sky Lantern Records.
‘The songs [...] are willed into being by Dead Sea Apes and defined by the slow-build and the careful, nearly telepathic manner in which the band determines when to preserve their power while setting forth with a shimmering, reptilian slither, and when the exact moment arrives to replicate total consciousness-exploding, multi-dimensional rocketry, fuelled by the twin engines of distortion and riff.’ - Ryan Muldoon, Revolt of the Apes
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