Three Eyes Left – Non Method as Method. No Limits as Limit

Three Eyes Left appear at first glance appear to be attempting to synthesise many ideas on this EP as they reference Zen mediation, Bruce Lee’s system of martial art forms – Jeet Kune Do – and employing non-method as method e.g. changing one element in your life in the hope of improving the whole. How these actually fit into the scheme of a half an hour stoner-psych EP isn’t entirely clear. For example, if they were trying to alter the stoner sound they’ve employed on three previous records it hasn’t worked as “Non Method as Method. No Limits as Limit” is as indebted to Black Sabbath as any other heavy toking, volume worshipping jam band. Discounting their vague grab-bag of philosophies however, allows for enjoyment of the meandering fuzz rock they offer on five unhurried, languid tracks.

The band cite their birth in the Cambrian Age and it’s certainly true that some of these riffs are as old as the earth itself and as fast moving as particularly lethargic tectonic plates. Like their fellow countrymen Ufomammut, Three Eyes Left take a patient, you could say inattentive, approach to riff building letting loooong down-tuned chords coagulate and then drift by on sparse drum patterns with bass player Andrea filling in the space like Geezer Butler did on “Paranoid”. This is especially evident on the heavily Sabbs influenced ‘Hand of Stone’.  ‘Hymn of the Riffian’ seeks out more of the same head nodding riff structures building into a barrage of troglodyte bashing. On ‘Luciferian As The Sun’ – another set of beliefs for the mixer – they bring the threads of the preceding songs together for a lolloping doom laden finale complete with five minute fade back in: the culmination of non method as method perhaps?

On the whole “Non Method as Method. No Limits As Limit” is unfortunately limited in scope taking few liberties with the template laid down in the early seventies by distortion happy ex-hippies but Three Eyes Left’s emulation is sound, the production is suitably unadorned by luxuries letting the three instruments breathe even if the songs themselves can get a little lost in the fug.

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