PRAXIS

Eclectic Fusion • United States
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Praxis is one of producer Bill Laswell's many projects, featuring guitarist Buckethead, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, AF Next Man Flip (turntable) and Brain (drums) Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis) appeared on Axiom Records in 1993, followed a year later by Sacrifist. Warsawa, featuring contributions from members of the turntable crew Invisibl Skratch Piklz, was released in 1999.

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PRAXIS Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)
Eclectic Fusion 1992
PRAXIS Sacrifist album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Sacrifist
Eclectic Fusion 1993
PRAXIS Metatron album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Metatron
Eclectic Fusion 1994
PRAXIS Mold album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mold
Eclectic Fusion 1998
PRAXIS Profanation (Preparation For A Coming Darkness) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Profanation (Preparation For A Coming Darkness)
Eclectic Fusion 2008
PRAXIS Sound Virus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sound Virus
Eclectic Fusion 2015

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PRAXIS live albums

PRAXIS Transmutation Live (aka  Zurich) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Transmutation Live (aka Zurich)
Eclectic Fusion 1996
PRAXIS Live In Poland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Poland
Eclectic Fusion 1997
PRAXIS Warszawa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Warszawa
Eclectic Fusion 2001
PRAXIS Tennessee 2004 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tennessee 2004
Eclectic Fusion 2007

PRAXIS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

PRAXIS re-issues & compilations

PRAXIS Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collection
Eclectic Fusion 1998

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PRAXIS Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)

Album · 1992 · Eclectic Fusion
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PRAXIS was an experimental rock project that incorporated aspects of metal, rock, funk, prog, avant-garde, noise, turntables and whatever else could be fit in. It all began in the brain of producer and bassist Bill Laswell who was obsessed with collaborating artists together to construct what he called “collision music.” The project included an ever changing cast of musicians over the project's two decade plus span, but on this release we get Buckethead on guitar and additional toys, Bootsy Collins of Parliament fame on bass and vocals, Bernie Worrell also of Parliament on keyboards, Brian “Brain” Mantia on drums whose played with countless acts ranging from G'n'R to Tom Waits and DJ AF Next Man Flip on turntables and mixer.

This album starts off nicely on a rock meets dub note with “Blast / War Machine Dub” and throws in a lot of DJ type funk with avant-garde proggy keyboard solos in this track and the several that follow. Buckethead adds a face-melting guitar solo here and there and the music is mostly instrumental save the Bootsy Collins suave vocal contributions on the funkfest “Animal Behavior.” The album continues down the rock and funk track with ambient guitar stretches but always with a melodic construction in mind. Buckethead puts out all the sounds he became famous for later but this was where he unleashed all of that for the first time and PRAXIS was really the impetus for his successful solo career.

I would imagine that even for those that are on board with this kind of avant-garde music probably will not be loving the extremely bizarre and strange 16 minute plus closer “After Shock (Chaos Never Died)” which is so experimental that it reminds me more of the strangest sound collages ever constructed by the likes of Faust, Dedalus or other Krautrock and space rock artists of the 70s. It starts off rather accessible with funky bass, guitar solos and gospel-inspired organs, but somewhere down the way it just gets WEIRD! If listened to closely though you will hear a subdued pulse that actually strings it all together during the strange and bizarre sound effects that wax and wane throughout the piece's entirety. The turntables and vocal samples mixed with the church organ parts can take you from a comfort zone to the twilight zone and back again and then somewhere else completely.

I personally think they pull this crazy sonic wackiness off exceedingly well. Be forewarned this is not for everybody. You truly must have an eclectic musical palette and really relish the syncretism of all the styles and genres of music that you love mixed and mangled to the point where there's no such thing as a musical genre any more. More of the funky parts here especially with Bootsy on bass and vocals really remind me of Buckethead's “Monsters & Robots” album where Bootsy guest starred. Even the guitar work here from Buckethead reminds me of that period of his career. What can I say? My kind of bizarre mind-bending sonic sludge!

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