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Despite only six songs on the release, there are a mass of mystical ideas on offer.

Wucan are from Dresden, Germany and they are the latest of the Female-Fronted Stoner bands to play the circuit. What sets them apart is not the fact they have a female singer, but a female singer that plays flute. Despite only six songs on the release, there are a mass of mystical ideas on offer.

'Father Storm' is a frantic Rocker, with some short bursts of flute thrown in for good measure. The influence of Uriah Heep and early Black Sabbath are all over the guitar chord progressions, while singer Francis Tobolsky has a moody attitude to her voice which suits the music perfectly. Seventies band Coven is the influence I heard in 'Owl Eyes', the song is a mixture of hard pounding grooves mixed in with some ruthless banshee vocals.

If Jethro Tull had been dabbling in the dark arts, I imagine they would have come up with 'Looking In The Past'. The guitar thrusts in and out of the song, leaving a trial of Funk-influenced grooves, it pulls in a great many directions, but always seems to arrive back at its starting point effortlessly.

The bizarrely titled 'Face In The Kraut' is by far the most accessible song on this release. Tobolsky's vocal is emotional and cuts through a mass of fuzz tone guitar work to leave a shining gem of a song.

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'King Korea' is incredibly close to some of Jex Thoth's work; whilst dark and mysterious during the beginning, the song then takes a u-turn into Garage Rock territory which kind of loses the vision.

'Wandersmann' clocks in at around sixteen minutes and is sung in the bands native tongue, it is an ambitious piece that really doesn't have enough strong musical ideas to warrant its length though.

Wucan pack a wealth of ideas into these six songs, and I imagine they will be a band that will stand out from the competition in the future.

Ray Paul

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