Blue Cathedral - Comets On Fire
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  • Summary: The psychedelic indie-rockers from Santa Cruz, Calif. make their Sub Pop debut with this third disc. Guitarist Ben Chasny has been added to the lineup, supplementing the original quartet led by vocalist/guitarist Ethan Miller.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
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  1. A masterwork that music fans will be listening to for some time in the future.
  2. Blue Cathedral's shifting textures and long, sub-orbital freak-outs signify no lull in purpose for the Comets on Fire. It does signify a step towards a maturation of sound for a band now with three releases under its belt - specifically, a perfect place to be.
  3. Sometimes bludgeoning, always regal, Blue Cathedral is a calcified, hippified holy place.
  4. The trick to their aural freak-out is not too different from those in the past; it hides in the arcane black box manned by Noel Harmonson. The echoplex, with its Möbius strip of tape loop, warps the guitars and yowls like parallel sheets of Mylar and sheets of acid, focusing the entire band into ray-gun pulses that match the pounding of Utrillo Belcher.
  5. Comets on Fire have also learned to harness their dynamic range, an important step for a band that pummels the listener with a seemingly unending freakout.
  6. Wild, unfettered and bone-shatteringly loud, "Blue Cathedral" will stir any fan of extreme guitar mania.
  7. To hear this album is to feel like things are falling down on you, and although that can be wearing after a while, there's not much to complain about. [#7]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
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  3. Negative: 6 out of 21