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The Stolen View CD

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  • Audio CD (16 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Viva Hate
  • ASIN: B001GCZ6I2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By experimusicdotcom on 20 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
Formed in 1995, this Swiss instrumental-rock trio have thankfully reformed to present their eagerly-awaited fourth album- `The Stolen View'. Devoting themselves to the development of sprawling and experimental instrumental music, the band use their latest release as a vehicle that stays true to their original ideology. Since then, the core trio of Serge Olar (drums), Marcel Meyer (guitar, piano) and Urs Meyer (guitar, piano) have been joined by Tobias Sschläfli on synthesizers, a move that makes their sound full-bodied whilst thankfully veering it towards an increasingly spaced-out territory. Spread over 6 lengthy tracks, Leech specialise in creating relatively straight-edged but nevertheless highly atmosphere-charged soundscapes that combine prickly and vivifying riffage with deep stoner-esque percussives and gloriously spiralling moon-lit melodies. Although most will categorise the sound into the very loose genre of post-rock, Leech has developed more of an otherworldly aura that makes it sit on the cusp of space-rock.

Opener `Silent State Optimizer' is a finespun epic complete with satisfyingly crunch-loaded riffs that churn away amongst a firework of neon-tipped melodics. The track snakes from delicate emotion-affecting valleys to rousing arcs but their aptitude is exposed thanks to the way they craft elongated build-ups that create a genuinely moving aura of emotive resonance.
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Leech's The Stolen View opens with the stunning `Silent State Optimizer' a song that sounds like it could have been made by Air had they laid some huge prog-rock guitar riffs over some of Moon Safari's sleepy numbers. This is an awesome instrumental, both subtle and powerful.
`The Man with the Hammer' is filled with echoic guitars and down-tempo drums that are occasionally punctuated by glockenspiel rings. At about the half-way point, the song goes all prog with swooping guitar solos and clunky metal riffs. It's a highly detailed and textured piece of music that brings to mind some of the indulgent metal riffs of Coheed and Cambria.
`Inspiral' uses beautiful layers of arpeggio guitar and sci-fi synths building to backward-masked guitars, pulsating feedback and chiming bells. By the end of the piece, the music becomes reminiscent of some of the more epic moments of Smashing Pumpkin's Siamese Dream, with literally dozens of fuzz-laden guitars washing over the mix and creating a feeling of warmth and energy.
`Totem and Tabu', at over 20 minutes in length, is epic in every sense of the word. It is musically somewhere between Mastodon, Slint and Shellac: it is deliberate, fractured and moves through a number of phrases and themes. It's an incredible piece of music that could at one point be described as face-melting metal, and at another as lush and sublime.

Jon Cronshaw
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Thanks for beaming me aboard! 4 Feb 2009
By SkunkRiverJoe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't know anything about the band Leech, I think they may be Swiss. I do know that if they ever come to perform at a venue in mine or an adjacent time zone, I will be there.
Pure instrumental majesty. Infinitely distorted guitar, tasty, timely, punchy power packed drums... They soar! If you like Mogwai, Explosions and stuff like that, this little nugget will be priceless. Buy two, put one on your player and place the other under your tongue until it's dissolved. Have a nice ride.
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