Blue Cathedral - Comets On Fire

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Take some metal and stir in some prog, sludge, and psych rock and basically you've got yerself Comets On Fire.
  2. Sometimes bludgeoning, always regal, Blue Cathedral is a calcified, hippified holy place.
  3. A masterwork that music fans will be listening to for some time in the future.
  4. An album that is both abundant in depth and variety, as well as in terrifying walls of noise and gaping chasms of silence.
  5. This album just may signal the beginning of an exciting new era in rock music.
  6. What the band lacks in originality (not to mention coherence and subtlety), it more than makes up for with committed chops and indefatigable energy.
  7. 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.
  8. This is great stuff, and a significant advance over both of Comets on Fire's previous albums.
  9. 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.
  10. 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]
  11. While that band has yet to make a record comparable to the sludgy majesty of their live show... Blue Cathedral practically explodes from the speakers.
  12. Uninhibited and hushed in all the right places, it’s safe to say that Comets on Fire have hit their stride.
  13. 80
    This time [COF] have tempered their voluminous superfuzz with scenic bliss. [Oct 2004, p.101]
  14. 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.
  15. 83
    One of the best psych-rock records of our young century. [Sep 2004, p.117]
  16. Wild, unfettered and bone-shatteringly loud, "Blue Cathedral" will stir any fan of extreme guitar mania.
  17. The wild humor and slash-and-burn methodology of Comets on Fire have outlived any pretense to trend; Blue Cathedral makes a strong case for the permanent re-emergence of undiluted psychedelic rock.

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