THE GRAND ASTORIA X MONTENEGRO “Split”

THE GRAND ASTORIA X MONTENEGRO
“Split”
([Addicted Label])

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This is a split between THE GRAND ASTORIA from the Russia and MONTENEGRO from Argentina. I am not the biggest fan of splits other than as collectables. As a fan I do want to have everything a band releases and that does at times include splits. I don’t oppose them because the music sucks as much as I oppose them as a concept. But the truth is that at times a split is an excuse for a band to release a song that they would not otherwise release, and therefore rendering the split musically useless. I don’t know if that is the case here, that the two bands feel they can be more experimental on this split. What I do know is that this is as far away from crap as it can be. The THE GRAND ASTORIA track is an 29 minute long excursion into the psychedelic stoner universe. MONTENEGRO are more bluesier on their 18 minutes track. Still with that stoner feel to it. As splits goes this is one of the cooler I have come upon recently. Dating back to 2014 this one fits right in there in my THE GRAND ASTORIA collection. Anders Ekdahl

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