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4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Patrick returns revitalised, 23 Sept. 2011
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Chopper (Northants, UK) - See all my reviews
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Released in August 2010, this is Filter's fifth studio release. In this instance Richard Patrick and his ever-revolving line-up have delivered a very tight, extremely polished ten track album which evokes memories of their first two albums but with plenty of modern, sleek electronics overlaid to produce a fresh sound.

As with their earlier works, the importance of a hook is not lost on the band and on this record they have them by the bucket-load, resulting in an album that is more memorable and engaging than "The Amalgamut" or even "Title of Record". The production here is also fantastic, play this through headphones and it sounds huge whilst instantly immersive.

Opening track "The Inevitable Relapse" features a punchy riff, slightly vocoded vocals and pile-driver drum work. "Drug Boy" combines another killer riff with a hooky, memorable chorus while "No Love" was always going to be an obvious choice for a single, with its layered production and a beautiful verse structure. "No Re-Entry" is a shimmering delight and the chorus to "Catch a Falling Knife" will lodge itself in your cortex for many weeks.

Unlike some of their previous work which occasionally failed to maintain standards to the very end, there is nothing in the way of filler here, stripped back to ten tracks everything offered here is definitely worth listening to. Filter have taken a forumla that worked and expanded upon it to leave them sounding more relevant than they have in many years. This would be a worthy addition to any collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Angels and Demons, 23 May 2012
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ratmonkey (Hardy Country) - See all my reviews
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Less polemic than the rather fine Anthems for the Damned and possibly better for it. This follows suit however as far as quality is concerned, being as good as the last 3 records prior, but similar to The Almalgamut in tone. There are just 10 good to excellent songs, no sub-dance/goth/industrial closing dirges and most tracks are pretty catchy.

Opener, 'The Inevitable Relapse' is hard to like at first as it's quite angry and pummeling, akin to their industrial roots, but it becomes quite a catchy, mantra-like tune in time. Still, it's not the best on offer here. 'Drug Boy' is one of the best. It's hard, heavy, dirty and quite beautiful and uplifting once the chorus is reached, soaring vocals and instruments used to great effect. 'Absentee Father' follows suit but to a slightly lesser effect. As does 'No Love' although that employs slightly more balladry, despite it rocking at a pace in places. 'No Re-Entry' is another belter. It's a ballad of sorts, dripping with melancholia and a near-perfect chorus.

'Down With Me' is a perfectly passable, if usual 'verse/chorus' track. The chorus however draws it above the ordinary and into the 'very good' category. 'Catch A Falling KNife' is ok, no cigar with yet another good chorus. The title track is as 'Down...' was in quality and effect. And 'Clouds' is much the same: not perfect but very well done. It's with the slightly less powerful (or less over-produced) version of 'Fades Like a Photograph' where the album returns to and finishes on a high. At first it pales in comparison to the version from the 2012 soundtrack but after a while the chorus becomes so contagiously beautiful that the 2 versions seem interchangeable. If you want a bit of oomph, try the 2012 edit. If you want a more reserved version, go with the album edit. Either way it's a great song.

Another very pleasing, if not groundbreaking, piece of work from Partick et al. It seems that the ideas and songs keep on coming after the long break between The Amalgamut and Anthems for the Damned. Here's to looking forward to Gurney and the Burning Books (unreleased at time of writing 05/2012).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album for fans of earlier Filter, 31 Oct. 2010
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Not the best Filter album but I love it.

I'm a massive fan of 'Short Bus' and 'Title of Record' and this album ticks all of the boxes for me.

Kinds loses it in places but the tracks I like are very good tracks!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Filter are back on form., 30 Jan. 2013
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Mr. C. J. Jarvis "Rocco-man" (Warwickshire,UK) - See all my reviews
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This is the album from Filter I've been waiting for. fans of the earlier albums will find everything here that 'Anthems for the Damned' didn't at least for me deliver due to being just too political. Trouble with Angels is angsty, even manic at times with Richard Patrick's demented trademark screams but encapsulates Filter's energy, and as always the production is good so in all a satisfying listen that shouldn't disappoint existing fans or new listeners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply EPIC., 25 July 2013
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P. Maber "Dis-app-ointed" (Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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1 word - EPIC.

I was fairly disappointed with the the previous output from Filter feeling it was trying to hard to be too controversial and a little over produced. BUT THIS IS A DIFFERENT KETTLE OF FISH.... Full or massive songs that will be hard for any industrial band to beat, even, dare I say it...NIN....

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid effort, 10 April 2013
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Filter... So good. This isn't quite as heavy as some of their stuff from The Amalgamut but is heavier than Anthems for The Damned. Either way, it's a fine and very consistent record with excellent production. Well worth une purchase.
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