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NEW ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS ‘Children Of The Vortex’ Indie (2005)

I'd been kind of putting off this review, my progressive metal snobbery took over, after a glance at artwork, short length of songs, not to mention the song titles, I was ready to give this the thumbs down before I'd even pressed played.

Fear not, NAA, play a bouncy, energetic brand of pusedo raw punkish, sometime bizarre garage rock, that somehow is quite infectious! I say bizarre, I mean, third song in you have the downright weirdness of, 'Placebo Affect', a dynamic combination of raw vocals, furious guitar, angst lyrics and a the lovely soulful tones of a saxophone. The album mover along a a fairly hectic pace, nothing like I'd pictured or imagined.

That raw sound of old Bad Religion, the angst of late 70's punk and the spirit of a modern band, perhaps a less commercial Green Day or Blink 182. But really these guy have more class, prowess and talent than the aforementioned more famous bands.

Fourteen songs and its all over rather quickly, I am not sure whether I'd play this again in a hurry, as its really not my thing. But yet another surprisingly good listen from a band I was expecting really not much from.


Review by Graham Boyle

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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