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Moss' Horrible Night
Moss' Horrible Night
Price: £11.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A change...but for the better!, 23 Sep 2013
This review is from: Moss' Horrible Night (Audio CD)
I've always liked Moss....from the crusty sounding demos through to the dirgey, brilliantly monotone albums...but this is a step to the left, and I like it even more!
Whereas previous releases would be 2-3 tracks longer (averaging around 20mins a track), and sound largely like an Earthquake in an insane asylum, this new one contains what could be described as actual songs. The general vibe is one more of Electric Wizard (albeit dirtier), or Pall Bearer (albeit nastier). The guitar is still crushing but is now playing actual riffs rather than huge walls of distorted noise, and the vocals are now a clean(ish) croon rather than the wonderfully demented shrieks of earlier albums.
I still love those old Moss recordings, but they could sometimes be difficult to listen to, requiring a certain mood, this release can be listened to without those boundaries. Here's to hoping they continue to just get better and better :)

Penny Black
Penny Black
Price: £14.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Great songs...but too much pitch correction, 29 Aug 2013
This review is from: Penny Black (Audio CD)
After a few years in hibernation it's good to here FSF back with a belting new record. Every song on here is a winner, and the hooks and big and plentiful....but why oh why did they make the pitch correction on Chris' voice so obvious? It sounds like they just imported his vocals into a program like melodyne, put on the default setting (with the slight mechanical gargle) and left it that seems the same on near enough every song. It's a shame as the melodies are great, and Chris' voice has got better and stronger over the years (it's also worth note that the vocals are also quite low in the mix).

Forgive Us Our Trespasses
Forgive Us Our Trespasses
Price: £9.07

4.0 out of 5 stars A great album...., 14 Jun 2011
I got into A Storm Of Light because of their connections with Neurosis and Battle of Mice (who didin't?) and I got hold of all 3 albums and both EP's all in one go. The first album was an OK album but you could tell it was a band trying to find their feet. This one, however, really steps it up a notch. Josh's vocals have improved greatly (and did so again on the album after this), the production values improved and the songwriting GREATLY improved.
More than a mini-Neurosis (like the first album) I found this one more like a mixture of Black Sabbath and (for the soundscapes) Pink Floyd.
Dark, heavy, creepy but always great writing. Highly recommended.

The Fallen Host
The Fallen Host

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have a promo....its my album of the year although not released til next year :P, 23 Dec 2009
This review is from: The Fallen Host (Audio CD)
I got a promo copy of this album and all i can say is wow! it makes their already amazing scars of the midwest look almost pedestrian in comparrison!
It takes a few songs before teh beautiful mornful vocals finally arrive but the music just sets out a beautiful contradictory mixture of both melancholy and elation....the addition of cello on most of the tracks adds a welcome classyness to proceedings too
if their is ANY justice in the world tjis album would make them as big as sigur ros :)
buy and love!

Price: £12.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, chaotic noise, 7 Nov 2009
This review is from: Disconnected (Audio CD)
Sometimes when you get a "supergroup" per se, they never live up to the individual members' day jobs....not the case here....big grinding, bass heavy dirges (in the best possible way), pushed on by drums that sound like a string of nuclear explosions and vocals that sound like a cyber man drowing in his own bile....all, of course, good things...VERY good things....if you're a fan of early Godlfesh, zozobra, or indeed some of the more freaky Isis remixes/early isis, then you can't go wrong with this....let's only hope they tour!

by the way, amazon only lists 7 songs on he CD but there is actually 9 on mine!
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The Incident
The Incident
Price: £17.10

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance and you'll see!!!!!!!, 6 Oct 2009
This review is from: The Incident (Audio CD)
A lot of people have been harsh with this new album and, yes on first listen it seems a let down, but give it a few spins and you'll start to hear the beauty and brilliance at heart. There's a very dark and sinister undercurrent flowing through this work but it doesn't once take away from the melody or the stunning musicianship. The title track is a stand out moment, dark and edgy and with more than a hint of malice about it, closing track "I drive the hearse" sits at the other end of the spectrum, being light and gentle and simply stunning.
If you percevere you really COULD find something for everyone here, and whereas, to these ears, it still doesn't top "deadwing" or "Signify" it comes VERY close!
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Final Conversation of Kings [Australian Import]
Final Conversation of Kings [Australian Import]
Price: £31.93

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From start to finish...., 20 May 2009
...a work of art. Delicate one second and beautifully dense the next, not a drop spilt at any point.
They should be huge

The Hawk Is Howling
The Hawk Is Howling
Price: £8.34

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Sublime, 16 Sep 2008
This review is from: The Hawk Is Howling (Audio CD)
I recently recieved a promo copy of this cd and I have to tell you its fantastic. The songs are slightly longer and darker than that of the 'mr beast' album (by no means a bad album, but to these ears, mogwais weakest to date).
This album manages to be both what you'd expect, yet at the same time still has teh ability to suprise:
Dark, haunting opener 'Im jim morrison, im dead' is built around teh time honoured build/repition theme with a maudlin piano thrown in, 'batcat' is scuzzy and dirgy while 'daphne and the brain' is short and full of brilliant electro flecks (that do indeed pepper parts of teh album to great affect)
the real stand out tracks for me though are the melancholic post rock of 'scotland's shame' which builds nicely, like an instrumental A PERFECT CIRLCE song I suppose, with good use of wah guitar towards the end for tension....and 'The sun smells too loud' which is now my fave mogwai song. it starts with a sequenced synth bass and electro percussion straight from the 80s and then just goes straight into the stratosphere!
It's bizarely up lifting/uptempo for mogwai, you can even dance to it! Its also got some lovely repeating guitar lines.
Go buy!!!!

Laurentian's Atoll
Laurentian's Atoll

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ditch the interludes, 4 Feb 2008
This review is from: Laurentian's Atoll (Audio CD)
Overall, this EP is a work of beauty. The lush atmospherics, the live yet layered sound, the guys voice etc...the only downside is that in between the 'proper' songs is a lot of needless ambient fooling around that masquerades as 'songs'. This filler could have been left out and the EP would have been better for it. Don't get me wrong, I like long drawn out ambient passages...but only if they have substance. it's for this reason only that it only scores 4

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