‘Transmaniacon MC’ is a track by the Blue Oyster Cult.
‘Transmaniacon’ is a science fiction novel by John Shirley.
These two pieces of art were to be fused together as project for a film of the novel. Some preliminary work was done, like-minded musicians were gathered and some hard and heavy music, was created for the film's soundtrack. Sadly that concept lies stillborn.
However projects breed concepts, and a band was born to re-imagine, remould and reanimate the idea. A band fuelled by a burning love of 70’s hard rock and proto-metal, science fiction and excursions into the dark side.
Transmaniacon take the blueprint and soundworld laid down by Bloodrock, Mountain, Steppenwolf, Blue Oyster Cult and Alice Cooper, and add a hefty
slab of dark doom, hard riffs, punk attitude and stoner metal to ramp it up
for the 21st century. The vibe is steeped in 70’s rock, but the sound is definitely ‘NOW’
This is hard rock at its hardest and heaviest set against an expansive post apocalyptic backdrop.
Their first album ‘The Darkening Plain’ contains ‘Quintessence of Dust’ a 24 minute monolithic mindfuck of epic proportions, the now completed score to the stillborn science fiction horror story possibly.
An intense listen that features the spoken word talents of punk poet Lydia Lunch, and as the album’s opener; it’s also a pretty bold statement of intent.
It’s sonic Armageddon, a six movement riff-fest that musically shifts through doom, organ fuelled groove outs, psychedelic electronica, hard rock and metal, to an exhilarating ‘Boston meets The Who’ style power chord ending.
It’s a progressive wall of rock that batters, yet sucks you in.