Summer approaches and the hazy sounds of Bong creep in open waves along the floor of my apartment. The quietude of the still spring air, tinged with epic grey clouds, brooding in formidable formations beyond my town, stand as testimony to the frequencies grumbling from my speakers. Playing like a Grails number, only a lot slower, Bong begin two epic movements. Minimal, stretched and thick, the opening track rolls slowly but steadily – gaining speed over its 30minute life span. The chugging guitar motifs hang and repeat, whilst searching riffs, percussion and Shahi Baaja play individual dedications to the central idol. Guitar opens and bleeds as the third quarter pounds its trip-bones in shifting circles at molten-rock pace. Allow your head to open up and soak this one up. Although rain seems imminent outside, The music reeks of arid deserts of wide horizons and approaching night. All musicians collide with restrain to a gnawing end.
The second part to this epic daze sets in at almost 20minutes. It emerges with a similar feel, yet the pace shifts enough to add a sense of dramatic progression. Previously Om have had the ability to surpass the crowd and repeat minimal patterns, within the genre, with an affecting presence. Now Bong have matched them in the skill of driftwood tones and slow burning mires of sound. The subtle ascending mammoth marches forth with devastating percussion and head boggling guitar interplay. You can’t help but utterly loose yourself in a fierce head rocking. Trance-like I am consumed by this powerful finale. Late night jams to get you gone. Top artwork by Chris from Gnod is a nice extra too. 7/10 -- Peter Taylor (14 April, 2010)