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Anti-Depressive Delivery


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4.04 | 51 ratings

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4 stars One of my favourite discoveries of 2008 (though this album comes from 2007) is this excellent band from Norway. Anti-Depressive Delivery produce a type of music that I've heard many times before yet I can't really think of any current bands off the top of my head that I can draw a parallel with. For me the Tech/Extreme Prog Metal category is a bit misleading, for while they play driving heavy rock, the type we loved in the seventies, they have far more in common with the likes of Deep Purple than any bands in the Prog Metal Genre. Along with the heavy rock, throw in a bit of Funk, Jazz and seventies Prog and you get an idea of their sound.

Starchaser kicks in full force with a driving riff before settling into a Hammond heavy verse surprisingly reminiscent of The Small Faces circa Ogdens Nut Gone Flake; yes there seems to be some sixties influences in here too. In the main though it's a rocker with an excellent lengthy instrumental section section in the middle. A great opener and one of the strongest tracks here.

Desert Machine is another excellent Hammond driven up tempo rocker almost as good as opener Starchaser and is than a mellotron I hear? There's also an excellent Hammond solo and in Vocalist (also bass) Pete Beck they have a great singer in the classic rock tradition.

Another favourite is Terminal, another rocker, simple in structure but a great riff with a strong melody. Following on from this is Blood in Blood with its funky driving rhythm with some jazz inflected electric piano. At 7 minutes long, it opens with a 3 minute instrumental workout before the pace drastically drops for a more subdued vocal section.

The title of We Will Crimson You says it all, a nod of course to King Crimson circa Red and is a short instrumental. U maintains the quality with some more Crimson influences in the first guitar solo but that's where the Crimson comparisons stop as its more of a psychedelic tinged piece of heavy rock overall.

So if you enjoy early seventies style heavy rock with plenty of Hammond organ this could be the cd for you. Well worth checking out and deserving of far more attention than it's likely to get.

Nightfly | 4/5 |


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