Megaritual is the solo project of Australian multi-instrumentalist Dale Walker. His latest offering which was released recently on Dirty Filthy Records, Dreamfeeder, was previously only available in a digital format but now the vinyl pressing features two exclusive tracks. The LP was recorded in its entirety at Walker’s home studio in New South Wales, Australia. As well as this solo project Dale is also the drummer in the band Drug Cult and releases music under the name Sun Of Man.
Title track ‘Dreamfeeder’ opens with a haunting sitar riff that immediately captivates before the track descends into a fuzzed-out guitar anthem that could be construed as organised chaos but is actually a carefully choreographed work. The track constantly changes track, keeping the listeners attention throughout. The world music influences prevail as it continues and there is so much going on it takes a few listens to appreciate all the finer nuances. There is a seamless move into ‘Persian Drug’ which as its name suggests contains a heavily Eastern influence. It once more starts melodic before moving into a heavier countenance that falls firmly in the space rock arena. ‘Eternal Return’ is an overall more controlled piece, with less changes and a central focus on the harmony that prevails.
‘Holy Sheesha’ is the shortest offering of the tracks and is an instrumental track par excellence, with intricate Eastern rhythms overlaid by a jarring riff that evokes Arabian nights. ‘Dreamfeeder (Slight Return)’ is the perfect track to follow, offering a balance between the heavier elements of the album and the more blissful ones. The vocals are evocative and inspiring, its hard not to drift away listening to something like this. ‘Noche Oscura’ opens with the muezzin call to prayer before traversing the realms already explored previously but with added interplay in places that intrigues and the concluding ‘Sky Burial’ draws the experience to a close nicely.
This is something a little different from the other releases that have emerged this year and this is refreshing. The diverse range of sound and instrumentation employed create a sound that could fall within many genres and thus the appeal of it will be high.