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644 Manticore by Lowcraft


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On their lone obscure release, Lowcraft dial up the 70s glam vibe with 90s production on 1999's Manticore

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Aside from Suede and Spacehog, few bands in the 90s embraced the glam sound as wholly as Lowcraft. Except Lowcraft wasn't from the UK, instead claiming Portland, Oregon in the U.S. as their home. The one and only album, 1999's Manticore, is baked with the sound and feel of Marc Bolan and T. Rex, David Bowie, and Mott the Hoople. How exactly? Can certain guitar chords and riffs sound glam? Sure, but it helps if there is a big vocal from the likes of lead singer Nathan Khyber. But like many 90s albums, the extended runtime of the compact disc gives time for songs to go on too long, and what should have been a tight forty-four-minute LP turns ends up a flabby fifty-seven minutes.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - An Inch Away From Heaven
  • 13:32 - Transcendental Meltdown
  • 19:21 - Pornstar
  • 31:15 - One of Us
  • Outro - Happy in My Pants

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