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on 1 February 2014
On this album the band have created a heavier sound for the first half, followed by a softer more melancholic sound for the second. The title of the album leaves a lot to be desired...surely one of the worst the group have ever come up with. The first track (also the title track) starts promisingly, but then has a pretty awful middle section whilst the hideous FOGFWPLOE is chanted over the top, however, the song then breaks into a sublime, powerful coda which is every bit as good as the groups highpoints in the past. The second tune continues in a similar manner, as does the third. It is not until the fourth track that there is a break from the heavy sound, as beautiful minimal piano creates a new atmosphere, which is then followed by the best track 'What We Loved...' which is the emotional highpoint of the record, even if it doesn't build to the great heights of past tunes such as 'So Some Lonesome..', 'Ring Them Bells...' and 'Could've Moved Mountains' etc. The last track is a great experimental sounding closer to an overall pretty good record.

As much as I love this band it is a shame they have lost the instrumental chamber sound of their first 2 albums and have gone more rock orientated. '13 Angels...' from the first album remains my own favourite piece the band have recorded.

If new to the band I advise getting the albums in this order;

1) He Has Left Us Alone...
2) Born Into Trouble...
3) Horses In The Sky
4) Kollapse...
5) This Is Our Punk Rock...
6) Pretty Little Lightning Paw EP
7) F' Off Get Free...
8) 13 Blues...
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The Devil opened up his case and he said, "I'll start this show."
And fire flew from his fingertips as he rosined up his bow.
And he pulled the bow across the strings and it made an evil hiss.
And a band of demons joined in and it sounded something like this ...

& you know how you hear that music in your head?
That's this album ... it is that good. The only thing is, these boys & girls are on the side of the angels.

For the sake of being informative, I'd say its like the Arcade Fire's "Funeral" album, warped to punk & blues ... beyond that, who knows what this is. Lyrically, its a howl for the state of our Earth & our humanity.

One thing that I cannot miss is saying a thank you for the opening of 'Side 2'. To be suddenly hearing that beautiful, bubbly voice of our Poly (Styrene) come like a ghost into the room ... wow! that floored me.
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on 17 February 2017
Bloomin' marvellous.
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on 29 January 2015
Just brilliant
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on 16 February 2014
I do like ASMZ quite a bit. I have a four of their albums on vinyl. This one is pressed on 180gm vinyl so I though great clean pristine sounds. What waste they might as well have used recycled plastic bottle tops, everything is drowned in fuzzy distortion. You get very brief passages that are distortion free then bang back comes the fuzz. It just gets irritating haven't managed to listen to the whole album in one sitting yet. I don't dislike distortion but you need light and shade to keep things interesting. Was looking forward to this album but quite disappointed
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on 9 July 2014
it is so nice!
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