Tuesday 5 March 2024

Misleading - Face The Psych (Album Review)

Release Date: 23rd February 2024. Record Label: Self Released. Formats: DD

Face The Psych - Tracklisting

1.Visual Tempo 07:05

2.Tutte le Nove Vite 07:39

3.Lenny's Gone 05:30

4.Spazio Nascosto 09:56

5.Tumbadora 06:33

6.Cheating Death 05:09

7.Egregore 12:13


Psych/Doom/Stoner Rockers Misleading return with their new album Face The Psych and it’s a trippy, cosmic and drugged out affair with the band hit many different levels mind-melting Psychedelic Rock with areas of seedy KrautRock having quite a heavy Acid Rock effect. The album runs for around fifty four minutes in length across seven tracks which has quite a dramatic and raw sounding quality within the production techniques used for the album.

Misleading is powered by the FUZZED UP effects of the WEEDIAN way. As the music has multiple moments where the volume of the whole album becomes LOUDER, LOUDER and LOUDER where it can be quite deafening in places. There’s a lot of Sonic and Distorted improvisation from Misleading with a subtle Drone based Space Rock sound which is heard through the majority of the tracks with excellent opening track Visual Tempo allowing the listener to get thrust into the band’s dark drug fuelled world. 

The record has moments of 1960’s Psychedelic Rock with screeching guitars that could easily come from the modern day with a flash of 1970’s Progressive Rock attitude. The vocals when they appear are chaotic and make some sense if you can understand what’s being said. Though, it’s the music and the band’s deft and highly imaginative creative touch that gives the album that extra layer of quality.

Misleading just run wild with their Glitchy and Psychedelic Rock ambitions where the levels of FUZZ and Amplifier Distortion remains key to deliver one hell of a good ride especially on tracks such as: Tutte le Nove Vite, Lenny’s Gone, Spazio Nascosto and the final epic song Egregore. 

Face The Psych has a very non-linear structure where the music doesn’t play out as you would expect it to. However, Misleading are excellent musicians with the wild and vivid style of Instrumental Jams and Extended Spaced Out interludes they play on the album. The Cosmic and Psychedelic noises work best when the band takes more creative risks with the most Doomed Out elements of the album. Everything becomes more FREAKISH and the subtle flashes of Blues Rock dominance gives way to some of the best moments of the album.

The album is perfectly named with this being a true standout from the Psychedelic Rock Underground Scene with Misleading having a fearless attitude from start to finish. Face The Psych is an absolute joy throughout which will keep you entertained for a long time to come especially if you dig your Psychedelic jams on the more daring side.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe


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