Third time around for Jess and the Ancient Ones sees them take a magical mystery trip to the dark side of the sixties as seen through the eyes of modern-day occult rock musicians. This time the band went for an organic and human approach and produced a very old fashioned album, 9 songs and 34 minutes, recorded and mixed together with their live sound engineer. Groovy, heavy, psychedelic beat music? Hard death rock? Occult head-exploding meltdown? All of them and more. “I cannot put a label on it, I just make it as it comes”, says band guitarist and composer Thomas Corpse, who also created the lysergic cover art to The Horse and Other Weird Tales.
Back in 2012, the Jess and the Ancient Ones debut album was an essential part of what was known as the occult rock revival. The band’s progress has since then ventured beyond such sub-genres, but the debut remains a cult classic, with its triple guitar NWOBHM-influenced melodies and furious vocal delivery. This reissue adds four bonus tracks to the original album. Three tracks taken from early singles and one previously unreleased song - a cover version of Anthem by Roky Erickson. The entire album has been remastered at Orgone Studios.
Although it’s been only nine months since the release of their brilliant and spellbinding debut album, Finland’s Jess and The Ancient Ones have already moved on. Once again recorded with Swedish sonic wizard Tore Stjerna of Necromorbus Studio in their hometown Kuopio, ‘Astral Sabbat’ sees them pushing forward the boundaries of the sound established on their first full-length and forging their own path, as personified by the rather unusual choice of cover song: ‘Long And Lonesome Road’, originally written and recorded by Dutch rock outfit Shocking Blue, mostly known for their mega-hit ‘Venus’.