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Erm... Well... What can I say...?,
This review is from: Meltdown (Audio CD)
Well, the first word that comes to mind is "wow". Erm, yes, that's the best I can do to catch this thing in one sentence.
What, you want more? Oh, all right then. Just because I'm nice.
Ash have obviously done a heck of a lot of work on this - how Rick McMurray's drums lasted the course I have no idea. Tim Wheeler has also taken his guitar playing to a whole new level, and this album has some riffs that are a simple pleasure to behold. Whereas in earlier albums it sometimes felt as if it was all about to fall apart, the screws were that loose (Kung Fu anyone, or maybe Candy?), this album is just sheer class from start to finish, and often feels like a different band.
Having said that, it's classic Ash style. The opening title track will feel immediately comfortable to any Ash fan. Orpheus has been compared by some with Shining Light (though I don't remember Shining Light's drums being quite like that). Evil Eye is the new Envy. And so it continues, song after song. It's all the familiar stuff - the best from earlier albums - just pumped full of adrenaline and set alight.
This is Ash coming of age. Be impressed.