Between resurrecting the career of long, lost acid folkie Gary Higgins and the critical acclaim surrounding his solo project Six Organs Of Admittance, if you thought Ben Chasny had a productive year i

Between resurrecting the career of long, lost acid folkie Gary Higgins and the critical acclaim surrounding his solo project Six Organs Of Admittance, if you thought Ben Chasny had a productive year in 2005, the man's working his mojo like he's got child support to pay off in the '06. Chasny's latest release under the SOOA moniker is a much darker turn from the lucid Fahey-isms of last year's "School of the Flower." Titled after a quote from longtime Chasny muse Octavio Paz, "The Sun Awakens" is a seven-song cycle that equally stands as Six Organs' most accessible and complex collection to date.

The template is indeed heavy here, flanked by electric guitars, a guest turn by bassist Al Cisneros of drone-core kingpins OM and song titles like "Torn by Wolves," "Bless Your Blood" and "Black Wall" that seem like they could've been cribbed off an old Venom record. But on a sonic scale, "The Sun Awakens" isn't too far removed from where Chasny left off on "School of the Flower." The electric currents that run through these seven songs fall somewhere between the darkest end of Ry Cooder's "Paris, Texas" and obscure guitar hero Sir Richard Bishop, whom Chasny got to interview in a recent issue of Fretboard Journal.

And when coupled with some esoteric (ready "hippie-dippie") lyrics and a 24-minute psychedelic explosion of droning goodness that is the album's majestic outro "River of Transfiguration," you have yourself a record that is definitely not meant to be listened to "on some rinky dink compressed file through those little earphones you shove in yer ears," as Chasny himself proclaims on his Web site. Actually, he suggests a subwoofer for this one. -- Ron Hart