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Comets on Fire:: Avatar (Album Review)

The Comets on Fire time warp sounds like a fun place to be. With their brand of classic rock filtered through too much Calpol and whisky chasers, the Santa Cruz band are still firmly based in 1973 – quite probably in a desert, wearing sunglasses. Still, they have come a long way since their last album, the hazy, hypnotic Blue Cathedral. It’s not often that violent noisecore comes anywhere close to being tuneful, but on Avatar the two disparate methods meld splendidly. Opener Dogwood Rust is a squalling blues-funk powerhouse that spins off into a baffling psych-rock masterpiece. Lucifer’s Memory shows they are also a dab hand at balladry, doing lonesome alt.country as well as they do eardrum-splitting rock’n’roll. If you’re after an alternative summer soundtrack, this is it. (review by: Leonie Cooper)