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Rebel Powers

"Not One Star Will Stand The Night" CD

Strange Attractors Audio House

Genres: drone rock, ambient rock

Strange Attractors
PO Box 13007
Portland OR

Nov 3 - 9 2003

It takes around ten minutes to get adjusted to Not One Star Will Stand The Night, but midway through the twenty five minute epic "We Are For The Dark," you'll start to comprehend.  You'll understand that when Acid Mothers Temple members Kawabata, Makoto, Cotton Casino, and Kaoizumi Hajima and Telstar Ponies guitarist David Keenan entered London's Moat Studio together and, hours later, walked out into the daylight with only a two-track disc to show, there was something very special going on.  They had created music worth listening to.  Music that deserves to be listened to.

And this is it.  Droning, powerful soundscapes created only with guitar, percussion, sarangi, and vocals - noise that feels orchestral and yet forgoes unnecessary elaboration.  Of course, it takes a patient and open-minded person to appreciate what Rebel Powers have created; there will be many who don't understand, and there will be many who don't want to bother - but to drone rock enthusiasts, to ambient freaks, to those who dug GYBE! but were looking for something more abstract and experimental, Not One Star Will Stand The Night will prove to be a powerful, epic album not worth missing out on.

Meditative, moving, thought-provoking, mind-expanding - they're all words that are going to be used to describe this disc and, when all is said and done, they're also used to describe many other things.  But one of the allures of Rebel Powers' music - and likewise Acid Mothers Temple's and many similar drone rock bands' is that its beauty is inexplicable.  It's wonderful, but in an indescribable way.  But I'll spare you the philosophy and leave you with this - Rebel Powers' Not One Star Will Stand The Night deserves fifty minutes of your time.  Choose wisely.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 2 tracks, distributed by Forced Exposure, released 2003]