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Another contender for best LP of 2004....,
This review is from: Blue Cathedral (Audio CD)
Comets on Fire are a band I came across amid Julian Cope's excellent website Head Heritage UK- Copey waxing lyrical about their second (already)classic Field Recordings from the Sun (reissued this year)& previewing this LP, the Comets'third. The band came together in 2000 & recorded an LP in the kinda manner The Band & The Kingsbury Manx recorded their debuts (...in their own beautiful world).
Comets on Fire should appeal to anyone who digs any of the following: The Stooges (especially side 2 of Fun House), Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band, the more primal Led Zep (Achilles Last Stand or parts of the BBC Sessions), Cream, pre-Dark Side-Floyd, Blue Cheer, Mudhoney, Rocket from the Tombs, Lift to Experience,White Heaven, Royal Trux,Kyuss, or Jimi. It's a pretty wide remit here, but you'll know when you press play & the 7-minute plus 'The Bee & the Cracking Egg' kicks in; any notion that the Libertines or The Ordinary Boys or White Stripes or [insert here] are the future of music will just sound like a joke. The Comets ostensibly sound like loads of bands before, but manage at the same time to sound completely fresh: what gives?
This is primal head music- spacerock meets garage-punk, a wonderful balance between full-on-rockouts (with screaming vocals to rival Nick Cave in Birthday Party-mode or David Yow from The Jesus Lizard) & instrumentals (many emphasising More/Obscured by Clouds-style organ). Blue Cathedral is a complete trip & puts Kyuss' classic Blues from the Red Sun in context (a great LP, just the vocals are too metal, man!!!). Some of the instrumentals veer off into Kraut-ville, bands like Faust & Harmonia seem pertinent. Already this is contender for best LP of 2004 - & it's been a great year for records too. But this just blows me away- I love the fact that Whiskey River sounds a bit like 'Smoke on the Water' colliding with Pussy Galore & Melt Banana. Proof that rock & roll still has plenty of places to go...
We need chaos- the world is chaos - "chassis"- & Comets on Fire reflect that; Blue Cathedral is an utter masterpiece. If you don't believe me, or the much better writing on it/COF from Julian Cope (who gets a thank you on the sleeve), buy it for the song-titles alone: The Antlers of the Midnight Sun (as featured on the lovely Sub Pop sampler Patient Zero), Pussy Foot the Duke, Blue Tomb, or the aforementioned The Bee & the Cracking Egg. Comets on Fire already seem legendary- the kind of band that makes you want to destroy the rest of your record collection. WHOA!!!!!