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Exploding Head [Explicit Lyrics]

A Place to Bury Strangers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002GOBCF0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It Is Nothing
2. In Your Heart
3. Lost Feeling
4. Dead Beat
5. Keep Slipping Away
6. Ego Death
7. Smile When You Smile
8. Everything Always Goes Wrong
9. Exploding Head
10. I Lived My Life To Stand In The Shadow Of Your Heart

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BBC Review

A Place to Bury Strangers are a New York-based three-piece who slayed areas of the blogosphere with their eponymous 2007 debut. Apparently named the city’s loudest band, it’s hard to conjure up anyone who even comes close. The noise conjured up by Oliver Ackermann, Jonathan ‘Jono MOFO’ Smith and Jay Space has seen them tour with likeminded types such as Nine Inch Nails, MGMT, Holy Fuck, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and key influence, The Jesus & Mary Chain.

Exploding Head is one hell of a ride, carved from the finest aspects of shoegazing, psychedelia and noise. It was recorded at the band’s own Death By Audio space; Ackermann also has a sideline in customising guitar pedals by the same name, with the likes of TV on the Radio, U2 and My Bloody Valentine as customers. But APTBS have clearly kept the most effective pedals for themselves, creating all kinds of merry hell.

Whereas the first album had the casual observer pin the band down as a hybrid of Joy Division, Mary Chain and Sisters of Mercy, Exploding Head takes that blueprint and shoots its knee caps off. Throwing in Big Black, Dinosaur Jr and The Valentines to expand their palette, the inter-dimensional feedback of tracks such as Lost Feeling and single In Your Heart force you to keep your own head from being clean ripped off, while the shredding and vertiginous Ego Death makes you think other guitarists just aren’t bothered to find the sounds that APTBS simply toss out. Take, for example, the pure cluster bomb of glass shards that is Everything Always Goes Wrong, wherein melody is submerged sufficiently to spot a touch of pop. By the time you reach the final track, I Lived My Life to Stand in the Shadow of Your Heart, the pure carnage may just have burned you out.

Exploding Head is a rabid wolf of an album, one to make you stock up on the drugs, slip into your leathers and ride off into a pulsing, screeing, strobe-lit Armageddon, and puts APTBS up there with the likes of F*** Buttons as purveyors of truly beautiful noise. It will, literally, blow your mind. --Ian Wade

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Exploding Head is 43 mesmerizing minutes of pain as pleasure. You'll be checking the levels on your living room stereo from the moment "It is Nothing" pulls everyone in earshot through a vortex of groove-locked rhythms and back-spun power chords.

You'll be sucked in and blown away by the paranoid android pop of the album's first single "In Your Heart," the gorgeous gate-crashing melodies of "Keep Slipping Away", the apocalypse now effects of "Ego Death," the sinewy, sinister overtones of the title track and the firework finale flare-ups of "I Lived My Life To Stand In The Shadow Of Your Heart."

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4.0 out of 5 stars More skull cracking guitar heaven . 2 Nov 2009
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In lieu of My Bloody Valentine actually ever making another album A Place To Bury Strangers are actually a pretty decent substitute. Their eponymous debut album A Place to Bury Strangersoriginally released in 2007 ( and re-released in 2008 which is when I picked up on it ) was a wonderfully diverse collection of scabrous guitar dominated rock songs which showcased that the bad were not merely reliant on velocity and volume but were sussed enough to know that variation of texture and pace were just as important.
Lest the My Bloody Valentine comparison make you think this band are mere copyists of said band let me tell you they aren't. While they share many of the blurry edged textures of MBV circa Isn't Anything they also incorporate elements of Ministry, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Mudhoney and probably most pertinently Suicide whose ability to lock in a decimating groove they share. Not so much shoe gaze as shoe dead eyed stare.
Oliver Ackermann, front man of Brooklyn three-piece A Place to Bury Strangers: Under his catch-all company name Death by Audio (it's also a music venue, recording studio, and collective), custom-builds and designs his own hand-wired pedals, which are used by everyone from Lightning Bolt and Serena Maneesh to Wilco, Spoon, and TV on the Radio. He was previously a member of defunct Fredericksburg, Va., dream-pop revivalists Skywave, whose records who even more closely recalled MBV and JAMC. After their break up Ackermann moved to New York where he hooked up with drummer Jay Space and bassist Jono Mofo, and cranked up the vox of Tim Gregorio and formed A Place To Bury Strangers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He Who Screams Loudest ... (8/10) 23 Oct 2009
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The return of the loudest band in New York (tm) again succeeds in bringing the noise thanks to a fresh maelstrom of punishing pedal abuse. My Bloody Valentine's Loveless is still a point of dreamy reference, The Jesus And Mary Chain's Psychocandy still a bible. Whilst remaining true to these strong influences, Exploding Head witnesses sufficient development however for APTBS to be seen as more than just the sum of their cherry picking.

There is an art to borrowing, and more art still to balance, and this second, somewhat higher key release than the eponymous Killer Pimp debut, goes a long way to providing it. Where before there was disarray, there is now calculated cacophony and true, while Exploding Head lacks the epic quality of tracks like `The Falling Sun', it compensates with a brand of unique, industrial shoegaze, fast becoming "the APTBS sound".

Feedback-heavy, deafening no-wave bleeds into dystopian synth pummeling. Oliver Ackermann's own-brand pedals squall against walls of distortion. The fast, grungy strains of `It Is Nothing' recall Bleach, the effortless drifting riff in `In Your Heart' New Order at their bleakest. The loose bass of `Lost Feeling' evokes the sludgecore ethics of fringe heroes Pissed Jeans and Clockcleaner. The sheer size of the drumming and drone on offer in `Ego Death' should probably come with a government health warning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before Exploding Head life was... quiet... 25 Oct 2012
Format:MP3 Download
Nowadays a committed APTBS fan, got all 3 albums seen em live twice and totally effusive to anyone who will listen. But there was a time when APTBS was just a name thrown up by Amazon recomends. Reviews seemed interesting so I took the plunge.
Wow. Exploding Head sends 75000 volts into your brain and then asks whether you like such treatment. I do. This album is like plugging yourself into the national grid while standing in a bucket of water.
This album was and is a revelation of the possibilities of noise and everythin Olver Ackermann does to explore the world of sound and the things noise can do to your brain.
This album, this album man... something else, a world apart, a universe away, there is a place to bury strangers and until you have been there, until you have seen and heard you cannot know, you cannot imagine what is within... Dare you enter? Dare you?
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