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3.6 out of 5 stars
Hammer & Anvil
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VINE VOICEon 20 October 2010
This band has moved on since their "progressive rock" debut, and fused elements of that sound with new Romantic and heavy guitar grunge. Those who prefer the derivative prog sound of their debut may not like this, but I found it pretty exciting in places with some nice melodies and varied arrangements.
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on 3 November 2015
Son loved it :-).
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on 17 December 2010
Pure Reason Revolution have been one of my favourite alt rock bands of the 21st Century since I first heard the song `Deus Ex Machina' from their second album, Amor Vincit Omnia: +DVD. This was a powerful blend of crushing industrial riffs, cutting edge electro, and (what elevates them above their peers) surprisingly beautiful vocal harmonies.

Hammer & Anvil builds from their second album's experimental sound to carve an exhilarating collection of songs that range from the bruising opener, `Fight Fire with Fire' (think Nine Inch Nails fronted by P. J. Harvey, performing a song written by the Chemical Brothers circa 1996), through `Black Mourning' (which showcases their harmonies over a melancholy rock song that draws from Machina / the machines of God-era Smashing Pumpkins and Playing the Angel [CD + DVD]-era Depeche Mode), to the Fischerspooner-meets-The Faint skittering beats of the atmospheric dance track `Valour'.

Importantly, this is a coherent body of work that offers an intensely enjoyable experience when listened to as an album. In a singles-dominated market this marks a welcome and refreshing change from the norm. The other three bands from the past 11 years that do this best are, in my opinion, A Perfect Circle, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, and Queen Adreena.

Pure Reason Revolution reject the tired nostalgia that has dominated most rock from the 21st Century. Instead, they take elements from the diverse sources of what has gone before and blend them together in an alchemical process that produces gold: a sound that genuinely moves beyond previous bands' work to forge a fresh sound for a new era. I wish them success for 2011 and hope that more bands follow them in drawing inspiration from the past rather than slavishly trying to recreate it.
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on 21 January 2011
Simply put, if you like Cautionary Tales and Dark Third......You ain't gonna like this. they've gone all leckytechno and for me personally it doesn't suit them, this style does not suit Chloe's stunning voice. Listen to it on Spotify before buying. Could potentially save you some money. There are a couple of brushstrokes here and there and even a couple of bangers on this offering......but it just isn't good enough.

Superb on stage though!!
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on 3 April 2011
this really is a stunning album from first listen to fiftieth. If you like the first two albums this is very dissimilar but i loved them both and i love this one more. i think this is their best album yet, every song is incredible with only one or two possible exceptions. just absolutely buy it, that is all
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on 12 January 2011
This is a real stand out, the 70s influenced dark 3rd, and AVO each had brilliant highlights, but each needed something a little more - well chaps this supreme effort brings it all together and blows you away - kinda fuses the impossible - beach boys/fleetwood mac harmonies, slabs of industrial guitar and heavy riffs, and a dirty synth mad dance floor filling slap in the mush right down to tender melodic reflection - and if you said it out loud no one would believe you - but by god they pull it off - I love it, more than I love their back catalogue which is saying something - for me they are the most ambitious little old band in the uk rite now - trying to do so much and in the main really succeeding - they restore my faith in contemporary music.

Very few, very very few have this level of ambition, vision and dedication we should all applaud it, it might not come off entirely all the time, but that makes it even better - long may they take another twist and turn surprise us all and blow us away.

Listen you really need to catch this lot if you havent had the pleasure already - Ive been a regualr at live music events since I was a nipper in very early 1970s and few have touched me like PRR do - long long long may they continue. I love it.

Stand outs for me are Never Divide, got everything for me, Valour, the Bellemy joint penned (and played if you caught the last tour) Fight Fire, and the brilliant Armistice, Black Mourning...hell its all brilliant. Come on support genuine British innovation and real talent.
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on 18 November 2010
i saw this band play live and they are god awful. true story, do not spend money on this, it will only disappoint you
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