Saturday 9 November 2019

Sons Of Alpha Centauri - Buried Memories (Album Review)

Release date: November 8th 2019. Label: H42RecordsRobustfellow Prods. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Buried Memories – Tracklisting

1.Hitmen [Justin K. Broadrick Mix] 08:32
2.Hitmen [Jesu Remix] 09:00
3.Hitmen [JK Flesh Remix] 09:34
4.Warhero [James Plotkin Mix] 09:13
5.Remembrance [James Plotkin mix] 02:43
6.SS Montgomery [James Plotkin - Remix] 06:38


Marlon Aaron King - guitars
Nick Hannon - bass
Stevie. B - drums
Blake - textures


UK Post-Rock/Stoner Rock collective Sons Of Alpha Centauri (SOAC) return with their new album Buried Memories. This album is a continuation of the journey they first started with 2018 album Continuum. Though this album is more of a Post-Rock/Post-Metal sounding odyssey compared to their previous efforts. The album is more of a collaborative effort as well with Drone/Doom/Sludge Metal legends Justin K. Broardrick and James Plotkin lending their talents to 3 songs each on this album.

The first 3 songs is different variations of the same song called Hitmen with Justin K. Broadrick bring his musical genius and know-how to the party with his own remix for the first song, Jesu for the second and JK Flesh for the third.

All versions of Hitmen sound similar but also vastly different with each song moving incorporating elements of Industrial Meal, Doom, Sludge, Post-Rock, Psych and Ambient based sounds. The JESU version has to be my favourite. As it’s more nuanced and has a lot more going for it. It’s really cool to hear and experience every version of Hitmen. Each version takes you on a different journey with dark ambient sounds leading the way.

James Plotkin takes over for the final 3 songs Warhero, Remembrance and SS Montgomery which featured on their classic debut album under the title of 23. These songs sound very different to what SOAC are known for as James manages to include his own Drone/Doom based identity into SOAC’s music and change it into a more nightmarish world.

Warhero has to be the standout track of the final 3 songs. As it’s more familiar to long-time fans of the band. The song moves at a cracking pace which allows elements of Psychedelic Spaced Out Rock to fully take over with strands of Ambient Rock, Post-Rock and Stoner Rock appearing at the very last moment.

Overall, Buried Memories is a deeply rich and very mysterious album which does take time to fully appreciate. This isn’t your typical Sons Of Alpha Centauri album and may disappoint some of their established fan-base with the many different styles of music that we haven’t heard from the band before. I say give this a chance as this is another winning record for the ever elusive band.

Words by Steve Howe