White Manna return for another chance to prove just how deep is their thrust. Dune Worship, the Arcata, California group’s second album, follows on from last year’s self-titled debut with primal, outward-bound jams that reek of eternity.
“Transformation” channels prime-time Hawkwind, evoking a sense of zooming headlong in endless flight with every atom of your body buzzing. Like the best space-rock songs, it intensifies and ascends ever higher as it gives way to “X-Ray’s” staunch, towering riffs. This is White Manna’s idea of a power ballad… until it accelerates in the last minute and leaves you blissfully charred.
The speedy yet smooth “I’m Comin’ Home” should be the recurring theme for that impossible sequel to Easy Rider, while the cosmic 10-minute “Illusion Of Illusion” simmers with astral, meditative menace. It’s a massive, billowing specimen of rock that glows like the earth’s inner core.
The epic finale, “Solar Returns,” is as majestic and momentous as you’d expect from these profound pros, whose singleness of purpose remains irrepressible and righteous.