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on 11 June 2012
A Place To Bury Strangers are now six years into their career at the forefront of commercial noise. They've been epic. They've been weapons-grade loud and, thanks to Oliver Ackermann`s obsessional building of bespoke pedals, they've been unique. Worship is the band's third LP and, interestingly, it presents a sonic shift for the three-piece - and one not at all evident from this year's earlier Onwards to the Wall EP.

Those primal groans of shoegaze remain present and correct in "Dissolved" for example, but it's the track's dreamy atmosphere and jangling guitar line that intrigue most, combining to form a sort of industrial bliss. Despite giving a paint-stripping strain of feedback license to roam, "And I'm Up" is also more heaven than hell - more "Just Like Honey" than "Upside Down" if you will.

Then there's "Fear", which again does course with trademark distortion, but it's very much APTBS at their most accessible all the same. The resultant stadium-sized sound even sails close to Goth, bringing to mind The Horrors past, present and from some dystopian future in which collapsing buildings accompany their every move. Following the pattern, "You Are The One" is less intense still until it throws up a firefight of caustic electrical arcs and marauding guitar lines.

APTBS aren't capable of disappointing and none of these tracks do, yet there are also a couple of others that entirely lack the welcome challenge of yesteryear. Happily, however, the remainder of Worship is reassuringly punishing. Order is duly restored for the crushing and frantic "Why I Can't Cry Anymore", as well as with the outright aural assault of "Revenge".

Sounding like it was mastered in a warzone, "Alone" too makes the most of the self-controlled recording process, snagging the listener with its strong melody nevertheless. And "Mind Control" is nothing save glorious pop-noise with Ackermann's spoken vocal echoed out to match the choppy guitar effects and sinister bassline.

APTBS have been many things since they exploded into being and consistent was always one of them. Worship is a little patchy truth be told, but it's still one of the most vital and exciting statements you'll hear this year.

Advised downloads: "Mind Control" and "Revenge".
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on 7 September 2013
A truly awesome album, Oliver Ackermann and his band are too good, his vocals are awesome, whole album is awesome. Buy this, now. Also at that price, including the MP3 download it doesn't get much better than this!
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on 10 September 2012
APTBS are back! This, their 3rd album isnt exactly breaking new territory but the band has a style and they work to it very well.
For the uninitiated, APTBS sound like a melting pot of Jesus And Mary Chain, The Cure, Joy Division and having a lobotomy done with a hacksaw. With extra FX pedals. I've seen them live and the noises that Oliver Ackerman makes with a guitar is amazing, it sounds like an army of guitarists. He really does things youve never heard from a guitar before. Add to this a throbbing, pulsing bass throb and some metronomic drums and you have something very special.
Play them loud. There is no other way.
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on 27 August 2015
Great album & fast efficient service.
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on 10 July 2012
Great band, great album, I love them
I think the best band of the last ten years
their sound is unique
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