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 Post subject: Tia Carrera - The Quintessential
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:25 pm 
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Five mammoth jams on five different labels, not including singles and compilation tracks, culminate in spontaneous metallurgists Tia Carrera's The Quintessential for Detroit rock indie Small Stone Records. The barely harnessed monster-truck pull of the local trio's 2003 debut on Perverted Son, The November Session, a radioactive sandstorm (34-minute closer "J Bankston Manor"), ripened on the sweat-lodge doom of a vinyl-only follow-up for Emperor Jones before peaking on the deeply baked crop circles of 2006's eponymous Australian Cattle God bow. The Quintessential, then, most resembles 2007 Arclight Records EP Heaven/Hell, where two main movements split a half-hour. Here, needling sonic prologue "Home" and acoustic backwater "Hazy Winter" sandwich three main tracks, cauldron stewed by Jason Morales, Erik Conn, and Andrew Duplantis, bassist Curt Christenson subbing in for Son Volt's Duplantis on one track. The droning Persian accents of "The Unnamed Wholeness," sewn with Ezra Reyonlds' keyboards, loose Morales' serpent (Gibson) SG, which writhes to the primal summons of Conn's Bonham-esque toms. Kashmir, Tierra del Fuego, Saturn – feel the burn, layered lysergic phosphorous. At 22 minutes, it bottles one of Tia Carrera's quintessential jags. "Gypsies" mucks about at relative speed-metal length – six minutes – banding together Buddy Miles and Hendrix before disappearing into the quicksand of "New Orleans." Humid, bottomless, the 15-minute consumption can't match the sparks of "The Unnamed Wholeness," but its Southern sludge reeks pungently verdant. Quintessence: "The fifth and highest element in ancient and medieval philosophy that permeates all nature and is the substance composing the celestial bodies."

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October 30th, 2009
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 Post subject: Re: Tia Carrera - The Quintessential
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:25 pm 

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Was expecting more...especially after heaven & hell. I expect there next release to kick some major ass.


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 Post subject: Re: Tia Carrera - The Quintessential
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:30 pm 
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Their new album is more aggressive.


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 Post subject: Re: Tia Carrera - The Quintessential
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:51 pm 

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ham67 wrote:
Their new album is more aggressive.


Perfect. I certainly have not given up on this band, as they were/are my fav. instrumental outfit.


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 Post subject: Re: Tia Carrera - The Quintessential
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:37 am 
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Heaven & Hell is their finest hour so far, but The Quintessential is close. Can't wait for a new album.


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 Post subject: Re: Tia Carrera - The Quintessential
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:58 am 
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jmucke wrote:
Heaven & Hell is their finest hour so far, but The Quintessential is close. Can't wait for a new album.


I agree.
I'm really interested to hear what they're working on now.
More aggressive huh?


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 Post subject: Re: Tia Carrera - The Quintessential
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:35 pm 
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Yes, the new Tia album is less laid back then The Quintessential...


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 Post subject: Re: Tia Carrera - The Quintessential
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:10 pm 
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If "aggressive" means that Morales is using some of those Migas riffs, then I am 100% on board.

Hell, I'm on board either way.

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 Post subject: Re: Tia Carrera - The Quintessential
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:16 pm 
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Migas rules...


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 Post subject: Re: Tia Carrera - The Quintessential
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As great as The Quintessential is, Cosmic Priestess bests it on every level in my book...a classic in the making...


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 Post subject: Re: Tia Carrera - The Quintessential
PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 11:01 am 
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I dunno if it was because of my mile long boner for Earthless or just the material, but I couldn't get into the last Tia Carrera. Not so with this one. It's all good, start to finish. Even the 30 minute number.

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 Post subject: Re: Tia Carrera - The Quintessential
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Arzgarth wrote:
I dunno if it was because of my mile long boner for Earthless or just the material, but I couldn't get into the last Tia Carrera. Not so with this one. It's all good, start to finish. Even the 30 minute number.



Same here regarding the first comment.

Just picked up this new one though so I will see how it plays out.


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 Post subject: Re: Tia Carrera - The Quintessential
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Excellent band. I'm a big fan of Cosmic Priestess and very glad to have gotten to see them live a few times.

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 Post subject: Re: Tia Carrera - The Quintessential
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 9:05 am 
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Adam wrote:
Arzgarth wrote:
I dunno if it was because of my mile long boner for Earthless or just the material, but I couldn't get into the last Tia Carrera. Not so with this one. It's all good, start to finish. Even the 30 minute number.



Same here regarding the first comment.

Just picked up this new one though so I will see how it plays out.



So far it really seems like this just isn't a band that totally clicks with me. To me this album has the feel of straight up jam sessions. Were this a live album I would feel completely different about it but as a studio album I think I just look for something a little more crafted together. Earthless could feel like a jam too but they managed to be more focused and melodic. TC feels to me more in the moment, from the gut and while I would love to see them live it, recorded I would have loved to have seen them tweek things on the album a bit to tighten the songs up a bit and introduce more hooks.

I do like this album, tracks 2 and 4 for my immediate favorites, but in a year with some really strong instrumentals (i.e. Atomic Bitchwax, Monkey3) this one I find to be a cut below, at least so far. IMO.


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