Temple of Bon Matin

Bullet Into Mesmer's Brain

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The Philadelphia noise rock collective Temple of Bon Matin's third album, 1998's Bullet Into Mesmer's Brain, is a challenging collection of untitled improvisations that finds the pummeling quintet augmented by four members of another local group, the Tibetan Bowlers, an improvisational ensemble straddling the line between free jazz and completely unstructured noise. This gives this album a much wilder edge than the more standard Hawkwind-style space rock of earlier Temple of Bon Matin releases. The addition of turntables, saxophone, and flute to the guitar, synth, and drum explosions (not to mention leader Ed Wilcox's incomprehensible screams), along with the overall cacophony of nine players going full-tilt all at the same time, makes Bullet Into Mesmer's Brain one of the most completely out-there rock releases since the early days of the Red Krayola.