Before I start this review, please identify yourself with one of the following definitions and complete the following sentence:
I am a/an __ reader.
A. You've listened to We are the Lazer Viking and you're interested in An Albatross's most recent album.
B. You've heard of An Albatross (maybe even heard a track or two online/your friend's car).
C. You have no idea who or what An Albatross is and you're wondering if the band name is an allusion to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem, "Rime of the Ancyent Marinere."
D. You've listened to this extensively named album.
To the A. readers: Since I have no idea what your reaction to We are the Lazer Viking was, I'll simply state that the song lengths have slightly increased and less noise-filler is present. If you enjoyed We are the Lazer Viking, I don't see why you wouldn't like, if not love, this album. The production of Blessphemy sounds sharpened after a quick listen to their preceding effort. Light-speed keyboard/synth antics enforce the technical guitar passages; entranced listeners sit dumbfounded by the binaural assault. A regal intro and outro await you, eager and curious listeners.
To the B. readers: So, you kind of know what to expect from An Albatross. You've heard the biting scream and playful riffs accompanied by the consuming synthesizers. Pick up An Albatross's first album and listen to it several times - it's just over eight minutes in length. If the music intrigues you, I highly suggest harking Blessphemy. This album's length triples its predecessor's and almost doubles its thrills.
To the C. readers: Click here.
To the D. readers: Blessphemy (Of the Peace Beast Feastgiver and the Bear Warp Kumite) sounds like Beowulf cannonballing into the shallow end of your out-of-ground pool during a bad trip. He hits the bottom unexpectedly and starts thrashing about, scouring the foggy "depths" for Grendel's beaten corpse. You and a couple of your friends, wondering why he's not in Geatland, start lobbing instruments into the maelstrom. Astonishingly, Beowulf drowns after twenty-seven minutes.
6.5 / 10
With their first release since 2006, An Albatross decided to get serious: they spent five weeks in the studio with a team of ex-members, new players, and studio musicians to ...
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