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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9fd7418c) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
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HASH(0x9fc8dd68) out of 5 stars My Head Flew Off 23 Dec. 2004
By RobotMonster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I would have given it 4 stars really, but I wanted to write this review mainly to offset the stupid one-star rating that the clueless Big-Donger wrote, which is apparently about some completely unrelated album. I rarely give 5 stars. Has to be a classic that has stood the test of time. Velvets third album gets 5. Here Come the Warm Jets by Eno gets 5. Madcap Laughs by Barrett gets 5. I can't give 5 to a band as new as Comets on Fire, but damned if I don't think they deserve it and these albums will join the pantheon of 5 star rock and effing roll classics.

This album rocks so hard it's hallucinogenic. Field Recordings and Blue Cathedral are also essential. One of only 2-3 new bands I've heard in the last couple of years that are worth keeping up with. I bet their live shows kill. Thank you, boys, for the avalanche waves of blitzkrieg grooves.
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HASH(0x9ff2e834) out of 5 stars This is a review for the album 'Comets on Fire' by the band....Comets on Fire 7 Aug. 2009
By John Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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There really aren't any frills here. This has got to be one of the hardest rocking albums since "Kick out the Jams." There's not one member of the band that doesn't metaphorically rip their respective instruments a new one. The drums are Keith-Moon-crazy, the guitar is like a screaming hack-saw, the bass will bring your walls down and the vocals...well...you haven't heard intense until you've heard singer Ethan Miller wail through echoplex (a neat little ancient effect worth a wiki search if you've got the time). The album obviously owes a lot to the acid-tinged 60's, but the sheer ferocity at work here is unlike anything that ever came out of that comparatively tame era.

My only real complaint is that the album is really a one trick pony. I mean yes, there are traces of a couple different musical forms here and there, but for the most part the band seems willfully content with pummeling your eardrums from start to finish. It really begins to grind by the time you've been through a few songs. It's not necessarily a big complaint considering there are no traces that this is an album constructed to be taken in as a cohesive whole (meaning listening to a song here and a song there isn't really detrimental to what is offered in the album), but the diversity in dynamics that the band begins to exhibit later in their career is completely absent here.

Still, it's a great album to turn on when you've got that primal rock-n-roll urge brewing in your chest. Just turn the volume up high and get ready for your ears to bleed.
HASH(0xa00f1f30) out of 5 stars Sonic Implosion? 10 April 2006
By John L Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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Much more loosely assembled, most defiantly low-fi, and more swaggeringly punkish than their follow-up, marvelously titled "Field Recordings from the Sun," or their sort-of breakthrough SubPop debut, "Blue Cathedral." Their first album apparently was 7 tracks originally when issued; this Alternative Tentacles re-issue adds three tracks, including a live blow-out that goes on near half-an-hour, "Days of Vapors." (Wait--after periods of silence there's more music on this "song" which apparently is a string of tunes from a live concert tape...)

It's less complicated, as you'd expect from tracks done for a cassette recorder. Recorded this album is only in a primitive sense, and that's what makes it so enjoyable. The shrieked vocals shred the mic and the speakers, and the whole tape's distorted and feeble-sounding compared to the more "arranged" songs on the next two albums. It's certainly the one I'd least play of my three CIF CDs, but it does have a ramshackle charm, if that's the word for what could have been placed in a time capsule by the Fillmore, unearthed three decades-odd on...by the Santa Cruz sons of its nearby Bay Area creators? This sounds like a 1969 garage band from SF, and that's a compliment.

Compared to the next two albums, I don't hear any Hawkwind influences, nor is the Echoplex as prominent, but the Stooges-Blue Cheer-protopunk attack's refreshing in its good natured clumsy shambling attitude. Devoid of posing, CIF here come out blazing, intent only on making adrenelin-pulsing music that seeks to pulverize ears and whatever competition conjures up at this imploded end of the dial. Long may their freak flag fly.
HASH(0xa0231aa4) out of 5 stars Everything old is new again... 29 Sept. 2007
By Music Junkie D - Published on Amazon.com
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High-energy lo-fi garage rock - I love it! In terms of raw energy and power this brings to mind the great bands of the 70s/80s Aussie garage-punk scene, bands that in turn had drawn on influences like the Stooges, MC5, and Nuggets bands such as The Sonics - bands such as The Lime Spiders Nine Miles High 1983-1990, Stoneage Romeos-era Hoodoo Gurus Stoneage Romeos, Radio Birdman The Essential Radio Birdman (1974-1978), The Saints (I'm) Stranded, and The New Christs Distemper.

This release is all energy, rock attitude and classic riffs, not yet embroidered with the psychedelic trimmings of later COF offerings. There's not a bad track on it - highly recommended.
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HASH(0x9fc8f75c) out of 5 stars Dressing up dumbing down 10 April 2009
By IRate - Published on Amazon.com
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2 1/2

Noisy, intense rock can be a wild ride when tuned perfectly but often sounds like much sound and fury signifying very little. Exploiting a quintessential indie-punk rule more effectively than many similar units, COF disguise some shortcomings that arise on the songwriting front with engaging sound-washes of distort, but even that creative aggression ends up feeling like gimmicky filler by the time the disc is done.
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