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Heavy Prog • Norway


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ANTI-DEPRESSIVE DELIVERY was formed in Norway in 2002 and was meant to be a side project of talent from bands such as ATROX,FIG LEAF,HELLSTORM and BETHZAIDA to name a few.Guitarist Christian Broholt and drummer Terge Krabol were the core of ADD,and they were soon joine by bassist Tom Wahl.

While still searching for musicians to round out the line-up,in 2003 this incomplete line-up recorded and released the four track demo "Voyage of No-Brain Discovery",which was named "Demo of the Year" by Monster Magazine.
At this point keyboardist Haakon-Marius Pettersen and lead vocalist Pete Beck,who played with ADD as session musicians,were asked to join the band permanently.

Another demo,titled "At Rehearsal 03",led to a contract with Laser's Edge Records and in 2004 ADD released their debut "Feel.Melt.Release.Escape."Sadly their debut would be their only recorded work because in 2006 ANTI-DEPRESSIVE DELIVERY announced the break-up of the band.

ANTI-DEPRESSIVE DELIVERY blend classic progressive rock with the raw aggression of metal and are highly recommended to all progressive metal fans.



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Discography:
Feel.Melt.Release.Escape., studio album (2004)
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3.36 | 20 ratings
Feel.Melt.Release.Escape.
2004
4.04 | 33 ratings
Chain Of Foods
2007
4.01 | 22 ratings
The Best Of Antidepressive Delivery
2010

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 The Best Of Antidepressive Delivery by ANTI-DEPRESSIVE DELIVERY album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.01 | 22 ratings

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The Best Of Antidepressive Delivery
Anti-Depressive Delivery Heavy Prog

Review by VanVanVan
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5 stars First things first: this is not a compilation. That said, while I haven't heard the rest of this band's catalog, the extremely high quality of the music contained on this album makes me think that its title is nonetheless accurate. Anti-Depressive Delivery plays a kind of bluesy crossover prog that has "vintage" written all over it- everything from the guitars to the nigh- omnipresent organ sounds like it came straight out of the annals of classic rock. Despite this, "The Best of Antidepressive Delivery" is far from being yet another unoriginal poseur-and that's coming from someone who typically doesn't like this kind of "intentionally vintage" rock music. Too often I feel that this kind of music has all the parts in place but lacks the fire and passion that made the actual music of the 70s so good.

Fortunately, that is not the case with this album. The songwriting is stellar, the musicianship is top-notch and the vocal delivery is varied and powerful. This is a wonderful album that is being distributed via free download by the band, so any fan of this kind of blues-based prog- rock would be remiss to miss out on this listen (assonance unintentional).

"In Pine" begins the album with a rather sedate guitar part which is quickly joined by percussion and keyboards. The song quickly drops into a nice rhythmic groove before vocals are added. A combination of these vocals with some awesome guitar parts gives the song a very strong melodic tone, and the addition of some vintage sounding organ makes the track feel like a classic. A more downtempo section adds variety as well before the song launches into a ripping guitar solo that leads back to the first motif. Overall, "In Pine" sets the tone of the album very well as well as being a great, high-energy song in and of itself.

"Glasses" follows, starting off with some psychedelic guitar and some awesome grooving bass and drums. Minimal keyboards enhance the dreamy effect, and when the vocals enter they take on a slightly more languid, melancholy feel to match the music. All the elements coalesce to create a song that's both spacey and driving, and an awesome instrumental section in the middle featuring dueling guitar and keyboards make this one of the most satisfying 4 minute songs I can think of offhand.

"Lifekeeper" begins with a single piano tone, played in various rhythms, before being joined by drums and guitar, which together begin a bombastic instrumental introduction to the song. This motif is dropped about a minute in, however, to be replaced by much more understated guitar, keyboards and bass as well as vocals. I'm really quite impressed by the vocals of this group; the singer seems equally confident belting out a high-energy anthem like "In Pine" and turning in a more emotionally nuanced, quieter performance here. I can hear shades of the Budgie song "Parents" in this first section of "Lifekeeper," and I definitely mean that as a complement. The addition of an organ only enhances the bluesy, classic rock feel. As the song begins to draw to a close, the vocals go from being a bit subdued to being extremely powerful and raw-sounding, and by the time an organ-backed guitar solo begins, quickly followed by a solo on said organ, you know you're listening to a bona-fide epic, a track that would be considered a classic if there were any justice in the world.

"Goodbye" begins on a jazzier note, with some awesome vocal harmonies and scatting, of all things. The song continues on this road, with some subdued piano serving as the main instrument behind absolutely stellar vocals, including some breathtaking falsetto. As the song progresses, however, it begins to deviate, adding synths and even some vocoded vocals. All these added sounds are arranged extremely well, however, and despite these more modern touches the song never loses the smoky, jazz-club feel. A wonderful song that packs a lot of content into its less than 4 minute running time.

"True Love" starts with a bit more up-tempo guitar riff, and makes use of some horns to set up some awesome instrumentation on the verse before the heavier, guitar riff-led chorus kicks in. Despite the less-than-cheerful lyrical subject matter (from what I can tell the song tells the story of a prostitute, but don't quote me on that) the song feels breezy and carefree, and another stellar guitar solo towards the end of the track seals this up as an incredibly diverse, satisfying track on an album full of songs that meet that description.

"Alive" is the last track of the album, as well as the longest. Beginning with some great guitar and organ, the track manages to pull off quite a bit of musical variety in only the first minute before vocals come in. This song in particular I think highlights one of the things that makes Anti-Depressive Delivery's music on this album so good; that is, that every instrument, no matter how much of a support role it's playing, now matter how far back in the mix it is, is playing interesting music. You could take some of these instrumental parts alone and have them be more interesting than some bands' primary melodies. The vocals continue to be excellent on the track, as does the songwriting, as "Alive" manages to switch between several diverse motifs seamlessly; never seeming forced and never getting boring. Every melodic motif the song brings up is catchy and pleasant to listen to, while still being musically interesting. The several excellent guitar solos certainly don't hurt the song either. "Alive" is certainly a worthy closer for the album and one of the freshest, most listenable songs I can think of-despite its vintage sensibilities.

Overall, "The Best of Antidepressive Delivery" is one of those albums where everything just comes together perfectly. This is one of those albums I just can't listen to without mentally pausing every few minutes to think "wow, this is a great album." This is an album that deserves to be listened to, shared, and talked about, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

5/5

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 The Best Of Antidepressive Delivery by ANTI-DEPRESSIVE DELIVERY album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.01 | 22 ratings

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Anti-Depressive Delivery Heavy Prog

Review by Horizons
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3 stars The joyous nature of this band comes alive.

The Best Of AntiDepressive Delivery is a vintage Heavy Prog album, with 70's hard - rock instrumentation accompanied by warm vocals. Lyrics throughout the album are written about everyday experiences and problems like growing up and being rejected, (unfortunately) tapping into the audience.

This album starts off strong with two great songs, "In Pine" and "Glasses", giving you an impressive insight to the band's sound and how the remaining album with unfold. "In Pine" creeps upon the listen with strong, punchy Hammond with basic guitar interludes. During the melodious bridge, you get a sense of the powerful harmonies these Norwegian guys have, contrasting the 70's rock sound of the previous sections and clasping the heart. Along with the vocals you have some soft, minimal keys and a beautiful guitar work providing the melody. "Glasses" is one of my favorite tracks off this album. The guitar has a lessened impression on this song, but it is just replaced with a tasty drum groove and climaxes that are filled with bass licks. The song is great until half way, where it only gets better. Like being on a roller coaster, the first 2 minutes are just getting to the top of that huge, distant drop. The songs now drags you through some bass tension, an admirable keyboard solo, then a short but adequate guitar solo.

"Lifekeeper" is a longer track compared to the two previous songs, at only 8 minutes. The song is home to the best balance of both instrumentation and the great vocals. It also is more aimed at a softer atmosphere, never really getting the Deep Purple vibe like the other tracks. The lyrics seem to depict God as almost as a deceiving and playful figure, and telling the tale of man's journey to his realm. The music serves as an auditory representation of this voyage - eventually climaxing with more keyboarding and the guitar finally in the limelight.

The next track is where the album's feebleness beings to show. Thankfully this one is the shortest track and deservedly named "Goodbye". The track has minimal playing with cheesy lyrics and vocals. The song even begins with some scatting.

"True Love" continues the slight cheesiness, which is very easy to tell with it's title. The song though, has decent playing, and more characteristic singing. Not too good, nothing too terrible.

Finally the album tops off with "Alive", my second favorite track on the album. Arriving at 13:50 - the band arrives at their pinnacle. The song is like a prog stir fry. A giant pan filled with hot, delicious drum fills, keyboard solos, time signature changes, guitar pleasing and such. Honestly a 5 star song.

Overall, this album is great fun and shows a rare uplifting voice. It's just a blatant good time and a well made album. Oh and the artwork is good too.

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 The Best Of Antidepressive Delivery by ANTI-DEPRESSIVE DELIVERY album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.01 | 22 ratings

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Anti-Depressive Delivery Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Norwegian band ANTIDEPRESSIVE DELIVERY was formed back in 2002, initially exploring a metal-oriented sound on their first production "Feel Melt Release" in 2004. Since then they have opted for a less aggressive sound, taking on more of a classic hard prog sound for their 2008 disc "Chain of Foods". "The Very Best of Antidepressive Delivery" is their latest effort, and was self-released in the spring of 2010.

I do have a hard time finding a good description of the music on "The Very Best of Antidepressive Delivery", but have eventually fallen back on the somewhat generic. This is sophisticated music with art rock aspirations, sporting top-notch vocal and instrumental contributions, good songs and very good production, so those looking for faults and flaws will be left disappointed. Recommended to those who like 70's-inspired, well-made, quality rock and progressive rock, in particular if you enjoy an album covering plenty of musical ground. And the digital version has, incidentally, been made available for free from the band's website.

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 The Best Of Antidepressive Delivery by ANTI-DEPRESSIVE DELIVERY album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.01 | 22 ratings

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Review by Andy Webb
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4 stars A great Lifekeeper album.

Anti-Depressive Delivery is a relatively new blues rock/prog rock fusion, making an excellent case for a heavy prog band. This album, oddly named "The Best of..." isn't a compilation at all, but I guess does encompass some great music, so maybe it is their best...? The band combines a delightful mix of Hammond organ, slightly distorted bass, bluesy guitar, steady drum lines, and a delightful bluesy singer, too. This album is a short little 42 minute display of some fantastic throwbacks to the heavy prog bands of the 70s, featuring 6 killer tracks.

In Pine is a very strong opener. Opening with some simple guitar work before melding in with some bass and synth riffing, the song has a steady head bobbing rhythm and a catchy melody. The great synchronization between the Hammond and the guitar is a really nice sound reminiscent of those signature bands back in the 70s mixed with some modern herbs and spices. The song has a strong blues influence, mixed with a great hard rock and prog influence to make a great tone for the rest of the album. The track opens strong for an overall very strong album.

Glasses is a harder rocking track. It has a more serious tone that its predecessor, and a quicker more deliberate feel. The melody is infectious and, well, melodic. The singer in this band has such a great voice, really making any melody catchy and well developed. Each part in the band plays his part, whether its keeping the fantastic rhythm, filling out the music with chords, or helping push along the epic proggy breakdown leading to a keys solo that is really great, which really pushes that prog influence.

Lifekeeper, as I implied in my first line, is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It really has such a great dynamic and feel rather than just straight on blues rock. Over time this track has really grown on me. It has a really chill mood to it, keeping a more psychedelic sound with some really Richard Wright sounding backing keyboard layering. The melodies are powerful and emotional and compassionate. Overall, the track has one of the bets overall feels on the album.

Goodbye is a little ballad with a chill and funky sound. The song has a much less prog or even blues but more melopop ballad feel. The guitar work is nice, and the vocals are very emotional and compassionate.

True Love brings back that bluesy rock that we heard in the first track. It also mixes in some great hard rock influences and proggy dynamics. The Hammond-guitar duo again has a great sound, as well as the sax that's mixed in. The melody is again really catchy and emotional. The instrumental section features some fantastic soloing and really great bluesy instrumentation. Overall, this is another really great track on this fantastic and dynamic album.

Alive is the 13 minute epic of the album. Obviously prog from its length, the song is one of the best on the album. Featuring many different styles, from blues to psychedelic to hard rock to prog to so much more, the song is the most dynamic on the album on the album. Some of the parts are sweeping and melodic, others crunching and epic, others bluesy and sweet; the song is able to effortlessly weave together countless styles into a wonderful piece of music enjoyable by virtually any rock music listener.

ALBUM OVERALL: An excellent blues rock/prog crossover, with countless other styles sprinkled in for a tasty mix of modern music and classic throwbacks. Anti-Depressive Delivery has really created a gem here. The album has such a chill sound to it, being able to mix sounds from bands such as The Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd and then bands like Rush, Uriah Heep and Pink Floyd into a brand of music that is unique and highly enjoyable. The music can a little cheesy at times, but other than that there are very few flaws in the entire album. The album definitely grows on you, for the first time I listened to it I hated it, and now I love it! 4+ stars.

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 The Best Of Antidepressive Delivery by ANTI-DEPRESSIVE DELIVERY album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.01 | 22 ratings

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Anti-Depressive Delivery Heavy Prog

Review by Gandalff

4 stars Oh! Whatīs a surprise I have found here, interestingly, in sub genre "Tech/Extreme Prog Metal"! By the way, itīs a mistake probably - these guys are no metallists without doubts! So far from tech or extreme! They plays Vintage Prog in the vein of Deep Purple, Black Bonzo, Bigelf etc.

There are few reasons to pay attention to the album "The Best Of Antidepressive Delivery":

1. In despite the name, this is not a collection, but full-value studio record. I think itīs a joke at the hands of group.

2. Entire album is available to free download on bandīs official site. Isnīt it good, especially today?

3. The music is a classical case of "nomen omen". Itīs straight, uncomplicated, quite optimistic, bravurally played, with a fresh "Northern wind" scent. What can an ordinary depressionist to wish more?

4. The album is short, 41 minutes, also all tracks are relative short except the final (and the best) song "Alive", almost 14 min. long . But thatīs a question: is a length good or bad?

Four stars because previous ADD album was certainly stronger.

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 Chain Of Foods by ANTI-DEPRESSIVE DELIVERY album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.04 | 33 ratings

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Anti-Depressive Delivery Heavy Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars.This album is much different from their debut. The album cover is pretty funny though with the guys dressed like fruits and vegetables.The music itself has a vintage seventies feel to it with lots of organ.

"Starchaser" opens aggressively before it settles as vocals come in.The contrast continues. Nice guitar solo after 5 minutes. "Desert Machine" reminds me a little of DEEP PURPLE. Powerful drums and organ lead the way as vocals join in. Mellotron before 3 minutes, guitar follows. "Accordion Woman" features lots of organ in the intro before it settles as vocals arrive.Tasteful guitar 2 minutes in and some good chunky bass before 3 minutes. "Terminal" hits the ground running with vocals,riffs and organ. It calms down after a minute and the contrast continues. "Blood Is Blood" is led early by drums, guitar and organ. It settles as again contrasts are continued. Vocals after 4 minutes.

"We Will Crimson You" is by far my favourite and obviously with that title there is a KING CRIMSON flavour to this one. Lots of heaviness and it's quite dark. This is an instrumental by the way. My only complaint is that it's too short. "U" opens with vocals and a full sound. A nice heavy sound before 2 1/2 minutes.The guitar sounds great 3 minutes in. "Undead" is fairly laid back with some instrumental outbreaks. "Nothing New" features some nice guitar a minute in, then vocals, bass and drums take over. It settles after 2 minutes and the contrast continues.

An improvement over their debut but for me it's still lacking something. Good album though.

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 Chain Of Foods by ANTI-DEPRESSIVE DELIVERY album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.04 | 33 ratings

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Review by Nightfly
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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.

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 Chain Of Foods by ANTI-DEPRESSIVE DELIVERY album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.04 | 33 ratings

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Review by Tapfret
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5 stars Good Strong Classic Progressive Rock

Sub-genre: Tech/Extreme Progressive-Metal (No/No Yes-No, heavy prog or eclectic would fit) Edit: as of 9/27/2010 the band is reclassified as Heavy Prog
For Fans of: Kansas, Deep Purple with a hint of Floyd,King Crimson and Queen
Vocal Style: Rock and Roll! Beautiful harmonies abound
Guitar Style: Hard driving 70's distorted style with tasty clean breaks
Keyboard Style: Lots of classic B3, Rhodes and the occasional blast of Moog portamentos.
Percussion Style: Standard rock kit, bongo's too I think
Bass Style: Picked electric
Other Instruments: None



Summary: Every once in a while an entire country will just suddenly blow me away. Right now it seems to be Norway, and with very differing styles. Anti-Depressive Delivery creates a grand display of eclectic progressive styles in their sophomore release Chain of Foods. A recent question was brought forth, "Can retro be progressive?" Anti-Depressive Delivery makes the answer very clear. It can very well be progressive if it is done well. One trap set for modern progressive rock bands is the technology trap. Anti-depressive Delivery use twenty-first century technology sparingly and effectively create a beautiful throw back sound that is most frequently reminiscent of classic Kansas. The trap is most often sprung on keyboard players. How many times have we heard a classic '70's keyboard god suddenly sound cheesed out due to "modern" key sounds? Keybordist Håkon Marius Pettersen holds court with strong classic Hammond and Fender Rhodes sounds and never a hint of disgusting horn or string patches. The guitars are equally tasteful, avoiding the stiff and compressed distortions common to recent music. Not there is anything wrong with that, it just would not fit this product at all.

The Kansas parallels are also drawn easily in the Steve Walsh style vocals and broad rock harmonies. During the softer moments it not completely unlike hearing Crosby, Stills and Nash singing behind Pink Floyd, as in the song Undead and the last half of Blood is Blood. But the stylistic melting pot does not stop there. The aforementioned song starts with a very solid funk section that winds the listener up before launching him into a cozy beanbag cloud. There is also a simultaneous homage to King Crimson and Queen with the tastily satirical instrumental We Will Crimson You.



Final Score: A quick, easy favorite; strange thing is, this not usually the kind of band that I really go nuts for. But this album is so well constructed and just feels oh so good to listen too. Every Heavy, Symphonic, Crossover, Eclectic and even some Neo fans will have something to enjoy in this album. Chain of Foods is a must for any comprehensive prog collection. Did I mention I really, really like this album? 5 stars

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 Chain Of Foods by ANTI-DEPRESSIVE DELIVERY album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.04 | 33 ratings

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Anti-Depressive Delivery Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars This sophomore release by Norwegian act Antidepressive Delivery certainly delivers lots of goodies to it's listeners; especially of certain types of 70's music is to your liking.

A dominating feature on this release is the combination of hard, driving guitar riffs and Hammond organ; in a typical 70's hard rock style which first and foremost makes you think about Deep Purple. The style isn't that close though, but the sound reminds of both them and Uriah Heep at times. However, more mellow segments as well as complicated parts are added to the compositions on this album - soaring keyboard layers and dampened funky guitar riffs as well as atmospheric guitar soloing; and in these mellow sections there are some Genesis and Camel moments. Again not similar in style, but with certain passages containing a similar sound at times. A fourth artist to namedrop here is Santana; as there are quite a few fusion moments here reminding (again more in sound than style) of this fine giant of the 70's. And the band sees to it to make a fifth influence rather obvious on the tune We will Crimson You.

Mixed together, this combination makes for an album that has a familiar sound to it; without sounding like a copy of any artists - at least not any big name ones - that can think off. A good release with strong tunes, with a mood that most certainly lives up to the band's chosen moniker.

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 Feel.Melt.Release.Escape. by ANTI-DEPRESSIVE DELIVERY album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.36 | 20 ratings

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Review by Queen By-Tor
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3 stars Penny is a slut machine!

Good, now that I have your attention let's begin. Anti-Depressive Delivery is a Norwegian band oozing with oldschool progressive sounds and techniques. Though they may have been slapped with the Extreme metal label and have songs with titles like the previously mentioned Penny Is A Slut Machine, there's still a lot of music here that should appeal to just about any prog head. They're a bit on the heavy side still, although they don't have the growl or scream vocals normally associated with the subgenre. Actually, they're more defined by a heavy use of mellotron and organs than anything else. If forced to choose a band to compare them too the easiest way would be to say, ''kind of like a heavy, jazzy Riverside but with a lighter tone''.

This debut from the band shows a lot of promise. Unfortunately they'd be dropped during the recording of their second album which would eventually be available for free download, and it would never be completely finished. What's strange about this is that the second album is actually a lot stronger than the first, and while Chain For Foods was an excellent step forwards for the band their life would be cut unfortunately short right then and there. Of course, getting back to this album, we have a mix of some very good prog material and some good rock material. Some of the tracks which will appeal more to the progheads are the ones that have the synths, hammonds and mellotrons right up front. Good examples of this are found mostly in the second half of the album starting with the unforgettably quirky opening of the title track, Feel. Melt. Release. Escape., which also features some of the album's best vocals in the haunting chorus. 0 is another excellent track, as well as is the self titled track The Anti-Depressive Delivery, which is actually more of a rocker with the proggy instruments pureed into the mix.

Of course, that's not to say that the first half of the album is forgettable. The opener of the album also provides a good mix as the band does so well, and actually seems to show where the band would be going on their next album. End Of Days is a strong track with a killer bassline and those ever present synths and melltrons that wash over the progger. Add in some metal guitars and surprisingly strong vocals and you have quite the first impression. Voyage Of No Brain Discovery is where the metal side of the band really starts to shine through with the driving drum beat, while Penny Is A Slut Machine provides some great instrumentation to back up it's odd title.

Of course, and as would be expected, the standout of the album has to be the 15-minute closing track Bones & Money. Opening with some gorgeous piano work for about two minutes the synths and vocals kick in for some very nice emotional work here. Hardly an extreme track, this shows the band at their best (although I would argue that Blood Is Blood from their next album would be their absolute pinnacle). This one keeps midpaced but does manage to grow darker and heavier over the course of the track. Some impressive keyboarding at the end as well.

All in all this makes for a very good record. I certainly wouldn't recommend it over their second album (which may never see the light of day), but it makes for a pleasant and rewarding listen. Recommended! 3 bones out of 5, good, but don't worry if you can't find it.

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