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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ADA [Wea 1-Stop Account]
  • ASIN: 5559585602
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wot's uh the deal? on 23 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just a quick note to say what a fantastic album this is. Comets on fire squeeze more musical ideas into 44 minutes than most bands manage on 5 albums. If you not scared by music which embraces the past but also pushes the boundaries then this is a record for you. It's loud, peaceful, discordant, melodic, beautiful.

I can also recommend the latest from them 'Avatar'
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "mantucket" on 14 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is quite amazing. These guys rock hard but there is something quite beautiful underneath all the chaos that really draws you in. The album is mostly instrumental and what words there are are quite impossible to discern but words really aren't necessary for this music. Bands that spring to mind when listening to this are: MC5, Stooges and Hawkwind with a dash of Zep but this doesn't sound like a throwback band. I get the impression that they want to take spacerock into the future. The album is full of unusual progressions, insane solos, echoplexing, phasing and freeform breakdowns.
I'd say that this album will be revered by a certain type of discerning listener who's been dying to have their head pummelled by some psychedelic noise maniacs for some time.
If you happen to enjoy this record might I recommend their previous album 'Field Recordings from the Sun' which is just as refreshingly chaotic.
If you don't like it.....sorry.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 5 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Comets on Fire are a band I came across amid Julian Cope's excellent website Head Heritage UK- Copey waxing lyrical about their second (already)classic Field Recordings from the Sun (reissued this year)& previewing this LP, the Comets'third. The band came together in 2000 & recorded an LP in the kinda manner The Band & The Kingsbury Manx recorded their debuts ( their own beautiful world).
Comets on Fire should appeal to anyone who digs any of the following: The Stooges (especially side 2 of Fun House), Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band, the more primal Led Zep (Achilles Last Stand or parts of the BBC Sessions), Cream, pre-Dark Side-Floyd, Blue Cheer, Mudhoney, Rocket from the Tombs, Lift to Experience,White Heaven, Royal Trux,Kyuss, or Jimi. It's a pretty wide remit here, but you'll know when you press play & the 7-minute plus 'The Bee & the Cracking Egg' kicks in; any notion that the Libertines or The Ordinary Boys or White Stripes or [insert here] are the future of music will just sound like a joke. The Comets ostensibly sound like loads of bands before, but manage at the same time to sound completely fresh: what gives?
This is primal head music- spacerock meets garage-punk, a wonderful balance between full-on-rockouts (with screaming vocals to rival Nick Cave in Birthday Party-mode or David Yow from The Jesus Lizard) & instrumentals (many emphasising More/Obscured by Clouds-style organ). Blue Cathedral is a complete trip & puts Kyuss' classic Blues from the Red Sun in context (a great LP, just the vocals are too metal, man!!!). Some of the instrumentals veer off into Kraut-ville, bands like Faust & Harmonia seem pertinent. Already this is contender for best LP of 2004 - & it's been a great year for records too.
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By Albert Ross on 10 April 2012
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Absolute pure musical brilliance. I can't stop listening to this album. It has such beautiful subtlety embedded within a firestorm of noise. A cacophony for the soul. Majestic.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
the comets man, the comets 27 Jan. 2006
By t-diggs - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a just a shredding, rockin-ass record....All you people who think it is senseless noise, probably shouldnt have taken Pitchfork so seriously. They are wrong often. Dont just run out and buy everything they give a 8 and upwards too. They give 8's to Cam'Ron and Chingy as well as Radiohead and Boris....all those things are completely different. Comets are rock and roll. If you are looking for "Doom-Laden" stuff, this is not it. It is not anywhere near Godflesh, and I don't know why you would even compare it to that. This is straight off the wax from the 1970's. To give an idea of what this sorta sounds like, it sounds like Robert Plant circa Whole Lotta Love joined MC5, decided they really liked the Stooges and just as a thought, decided to throw in an Echoplex...It is mostly fast and frenzied guitar music, with all the knobs turned up to 10. Riffs cross Black Sabbath and MC5 in a split seconds time. If you like your rock noisy and off the hinges, check this out. They slow it down from time to time to good effect. They are all very talented musicians and they know how to stack sounds for a very crushing fuzzy approach. It is not metal. There is no chugga chugga, and what does an echoplex sound like? It's very hard to describe, think of the word "oscillation", mad spirals of sound, psychedelia, think acid drenched noise rock. They feed everything through the echoplex and it just adds to the frenzy. If you are looking for something chill, then this is not it. Its not even as chill as Zeppelins most rocking-est moments. It is far more cacaphonous. MC5 might be one of the closest things in terms of speed and riffing, and yes, they do throw down the solos, all dripping with is the wall of sound approach achieved through a 70's rock ethic. It is not for everybody, it has very avant-garde moments, and I think this will appeal to people who are looking for something extreme that is not metal or industrial or jazz. It is not indie-rock and it has very few counterparts right now. It is great to get stoned too, and it might freak you out. If this sounds fun to you do yourself a favor and pick up the album.

The only reason I can't justify a 5 is because I cant personally listen to it all the time. It has it's time and place. Alot of indie-rock I can play whenever and get into it. This is perfect for moments when I want to take a brillo pad to my brain and clean it out, or amp it up. It is like driving a hundred miles an hour on a dirt road in an old pick up truck while shooting off rifles while on acid. It is musical amphetamines and when it is time to listen to something crazy, it holds just as much weight as all those metal albums and punk albums that I love. I just cant listen to it everyday. It could be exhausting. But you wouldnt want to jog 50 miles everyday either, but you could barely get a better work out, now can you? Think of this as a musical work out. A band flexing musical muscles. The band deserves a 5 star rating based on talent alone, its only the accesibility that knocks it down a star.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
the priestess of rawk demands a sacrifice 19 Sept. 2004
By leopold bloom - Published on
Format: Audio CD
...and I am powerless to deny her.

It would be stupid to dismiss this band upon hearing the words "Cream" or "Deep Purple." Repeat after me: "influence" and "plagiarism" are entirely different concepts. Comets top up the darkwave psychedelica with a good dose of avant noise: they know it's not 1967, too.

Besides, the point quickly becomes moot after about six seconds of "The Bee and the Cracking Egg," which sticks its steel-toed boot deep in the brainpan and flails the head around with perverse glee. It's loud and it's scary, but it's also carefully, intricately, beautifully structured. To hear roar like that downshift, upshift, and stop on a freakin' dime is pretty darn impressive (and the big difference between Blue Cathedral and Field Recordings from the Sun). Then you get "Pussy Foot the Duke," an instrumental that shows us that Yes could have been punk rockers, and good ones, too. The final track, "Blue Tomb," also gets your marrow vibrating to the subspectral frequencies of the universe.

If you're a rock and roll masochist that enjoys being pummelled senseless, you've found a friend (?) in Blue Cathedral.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Unbelievable 30 Nov. 2005
By Francis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I thought I'd heard it all, but I must say when I first picked up Blue Cathedral I was struck by the sheer originality of the Comets' sound. Nothing sounds remotely like these guys. Something like Deep Purple and Yes collaborating with a bunch psychadelic spazz freaks and noise enthusiasts. Which, I guess, is exactly what the members of Comets on Fire are - total psycho noiz rockers, with one collective foot firmly planted in the sludgy 70's riff madness of Sabbath and Purple and the other in a pool of prog rock excess. It's an unbeatable combination. The searing noise and echobox explorations will have you teetering on the edge of madness, while a nasty, heavy organ and bass riff holds you down...until they switch gears and break it down with tender keyboards and melodic guitar that remind me of the Allman Brothers as much as Pink Floyd. Finally, the vocals are spare, but outstanding and totally unique. Sounds like Ian Gillan plus ten tons of reverb. The singer's voice is a real strong point, I hope they make more use of it on future albums. To sum it up, if you like stoner rock, jam rock, noise rock, metal, classic rock, prog rock - get this album and prepare to have your mind blown.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Comets On Fire kicks-out the jams 3 Aug. 2004
By Wickerlove - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Right from the opening track, Comets On Fire paves the way for frenzied MC5 garage-rock, aggressive jams and psychadelic grooves. In terms of sound, 'Blue Cathedral' combines the fierce guitar-power of Guitar Wolf, the soul-punk of The Constantines and Hawkwind's space-flights. This CD captures the spirit of the Detroit garage-rock scene, reckless energy, bone-shattering rhythms that would make Rob Tyner and Fred Sonic Smith proud. Just press play, hold on to your seat, and be prepared to take-off.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It amazes me... 9 Oct. 2006
By Zach Jepsen - Published on
Format: Audio CD
that this album has an average score of below 4 stars. Though, I must taking into account such reviews exist like the one who stated his/her feedback was based on listening to the samples; this reviewer was even kind enough to add, "Mind you I'm not really into this kind of music." Brilliant. It makes perfect sense to listen to 30-second samples of an album of a type of music you are not that into and then decide to review it. Namedropping Pitchfork media does not give you credit.

Rant aside, this album is incredible from start to finish. In all honesty, there is not a bad track on here. That statement doesn't even do it justice. Every track is incredible and works to the greater effect of the album, successfully creating a cohesive whole. Comets on Fire manages to cram a feeling of expansiveness into a just-under 45-minute album. Not an easy feat, by no means.

So during that period, the listener is pummeled with an array of sounds and textures. Pummeled, coaxed, invited and revealed, the music does not settle on just one manner of expression. Vocals are often thrown in like another instrument amidst the chaos. There are definite elements of classic rock, blues and psychedelia. But this music in no way sounds dated. The Song "The Antlers of the Midnight Sun" explodes from the get-go in a glorious fount of cacophony and melody. "Wild Whiskey," in my opinion, has the biggest pervading sense of classical rock of all the tracks, which is in no way a bad thing. And all the songs pulse and grow. The band has an excellent sense of pacing, but it isn't redundant or atypical, as one might say of the formula of other instrumental bands like Godspeed, You Black Emperor.

This is headbangers' music. This is music for evening drives. This is music for jumping on your bed. This is music that actually evokes. You are doing yourself a disservice if you do not spend the time listening and digesting this album. Because once everything clicks into place, you'll understand.
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