Recorded by vocalist and guitarist Kazuo Tsubouchi on Sundays and Cybele's 2016 European tour, Enter the Time Mirror is an intense here-and-now document of one of Japan's most exciting young psychedelic rock bands giving it all they've got. Culled mostly from the band's show stopping performance in Newcastle Upon Tyne, the set-list here highlights what are perhaps the band's most popular two releases, the 2013 acid-soaked double album Gypsy House (which was reissued in abridged form last year on Guruguru Brain Records by the band's good friends Kikagaku Moyo) and 2015's US debut Heaven. Wrapping up the tape is something of a bonus track in a pounding take on "Black Rainbow," recorded in Tarnac, France and one of Kazuo's personal favorite cuts from this tour.
For those new to the band, we're talking seven explosive cuts of deep contemporary psychedelia situated somewhere between the ominous night-music of Les Rallizes Dénudés and the expansive kosmische rock-and-roll of prime-era Amon Düül II. Whereas the group's studio albums have always had a sense of controlled burn, onstage they are not afraid to let their hair down, Kazuo's guitar pyrotechnics storming the way as the rhythm section of Shota Mizuno and Shotaro Aoki keeps a tight groove (more organic than motorik) locked down beneath the madness.
Note: also be sure to check out the band's upcoming new studio album on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records, "Chaos and Systems," due this coming February: