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The Grand Celestial Purge

by Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura

Defixiones 22:28
Black Rain 15:43


"There’s really no way around the fact that this release, a sprawling four LP box set clocking in at almost three hours in length, is deeply rooted in the spirit of Jerry Garcia. Seriously, there’s even a couple of Garcia allusions right there in the song titles, including the cleverly coined “Old & Out The Way.” Now, this doesn’t mean DSdV is appropriate gift material for your Dead Head aunt and uncle, for this is not a collection of free-spirited, sunshine daydream dance jams. Instead, it’s a compelling extension of Garcia’s far reaching and meandering explorations, as well as those cacophonous and deconstructed “Dark Star” kind of moments. You know, those parts of the set that casual listeners make comments like “this is garbage” or “that’s just a bunch of noise.” This is not old hat for DSdV, and it’s rather surprising that they have gone in this direction. After all, the group has been long known for wildly convulsive free-form instrumentals in excess of twenty minutes. Imagine Comets on Fire just playing guitar solos over and over again. These elements are still present; they’re just more strategically placed and less self-indulgent than in the past. The song length is still there, but there is more intention to the direction. And instead of charging ahead in a full paced rage, there is a wider array of tempos, and as a result, an increased range of emotion. With all of that said, if you think this is a good fit for your Dead Head family members, go for it. It’ll be one of the most unique gifts you’ve ever given, and the long strange trip will be as strange as it has ever been." Psych Out, WXNA, Nashville

“Sweet fancy moses, a 4x lp boxset from the best rock band on the planet… GCP is DSDV’s most refined work yet, as they congeal into thee ultimate stoner psych band… this is straight up like BARDO POND plays LIVE/DEAD… higher than highest possible recommendation.” PSI LAB


released September 25, 2016


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