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Polished Industrial-Rock Class On Filter Album #6.
on 9 June 2013
For over a decade now, Filter have carved something of a niche for themselves with their sleek, radio-friendly take on industrial-metal, with each album sticking to the Filter blueprint of huge-sounding industrial-rock anthems with memorable hooks coupled with a keen sense of dynamics on the slower numbers that are thrown in to create that perfect balance between gut-level intensity and commerciality, in effect, creating 'stadium' industrial-rock for the masses.
New album 'The Sun Comes Out Tonight' offers no radical deviation from this formula, as Richard Patrick and cohorts serve up another helping of diamond-edged, precision-tooled, industrial-rock goodness.
The production is sharp, yet subtle, Patrick's stadium-sized riffs layered carefully atop Filter's trademark electronic sheen, while the huge-sounding drums provide the necessary 'oomph'.
The songs are cut from very rock that Patrick has been chiselling away at since 1995 debut 'Short Bus', all powerful riffs and shouty vocal harmonies as Patrick vents his spleen on newbies 'What Do You Say' & 'Watch The Sun Come Out Tonight', while light relief arrives in the shape of piano ballad 'It's My Time', the more standard slower tracks such as 'It's Just You' almost harking back to their 1999 hit 'Take A Picture'.
It's hard to be innovative when reviewing Filter as they got into a groove right from the off in 1995 and have largely remained there ever since - much of what was written about them then still applies now.
Suffice to say, if you are already partial to their charms you won't be disappointed as this album maintains the standard of previous offerings, making it highly recommended, and if you haven't checked them out already, get 1999s 'Title Of Record', then try this for size. 8/10.