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Awesome debut from Manchester Band: essential
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 02/09/2007 22:36:36
The opening tracks, Motorhead, Airborne and Panzer were heavier than I was expecting. Having said that Motorhead & Panzer as titles didn't exactly leave me expecting The Lark Ascending
So, after the opening, where are we? Enjoying a polished heavy sound which reminded me of Soundgarden. Old Movies begins and suddenly you are forced to realize that there is a lot more going on here. This is no pure metal band: and you get one of those joys: the "this is different" feeling, that "boy I really like this, I can't quite pin it down to a sound I already know" feeling.
Half-Life is a bit too cliched rock for me. Although, I can imagine it being a live favourite. It's timing and tight stops are interesting. Neon is an awesome track, vocals, lyrics, thoughtful control of crescendo and soundscape take this beyond metal.
On/Off is a slow sentimental track and has the obligatory metal build up at the end: sort of disappointing. Then the Consultancy opens like Queensryche, Soundgardens you: but then there is that clear understated vocal (love the mix): sufficiently different.
Drawing No 2 is an epic of symphonic jazz funk fusion transcending the boundaries of progresive rock as we know it..... nah it's a couple of minutes of odd sounds: Toni Iommi would be very proud of.
One Great Summer is one great track. It's my favourite on the album (Old Movies is a close second). It's a lovely sweep of a song with thoughtful lyrics and just the right amount of threatening growling guitar to keep it real.
UFOs returns to a more technically classically prog format: slightly more experimental, a tad of haunt, and more than a smidgeon of sci-fi. A song which mentions rainbows and Ronnie James Dio isn't in sight.
Now, having said all that. I really like this album. This is an album you must have in your collection because like Hidria Spacefolk it crystallizes a type of music that is emerging at the moment.
I almost can't imagine anyone who buys this on spec being disappointed, and I am sure that like me you will be blown away.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: obiter on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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