Label: Heavy Psych Sounds Records
Dzjenghis Khan is a band with an interesting story. Formed in 1977 in San Francisco, the acid-rock formation went through massive line-up changes, and the self-titled album was originally released in 2007 by the independent label Motorwolf. It featured the bassist Carson Binks (also in Wild Eyes and Saviours), drummer Tommy Tomson and guitarist Lane Rider. However, shit happened in between as the label went corrupt and so it took a while – namely more than 10 years- for the self-titled album to be re-released.
Considering the band has an interesting musical career and story, the album does not live up to the expectations sadly. The composition is rather dull, the production is average and the release overall does not offer any interesting elements in this acid-rock style or any twists or turns – in the form of riffs or melodies for instance- that will keep the listener hooked. The interesting but rather sad story of the band is also reflected in the music a bit as I got the feeling that the spirit of the release is rather worn out….and you might guess what the music of a worn-out band and sound might feel like.
One highlight I can mention is the rawness of the record; there is a sincere and organic approach in the sound as it will feel like you are hearing the band live rather than listening to a studio album. This rawness might as well be their only strength. That being said, the band has the spirit but they have a long way to go to get back on track, find the inspiration, lift up their spirit to come up with a rather strong release.
01. Snake Bite
03. The Widow
04. No Time For Love
05. Avenue A
06. Against The Wall
07. Black Saint
08. End of the Line
10. Sister Dorien