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Dead Or American - Thaumaturgy

Tim Newbound
Tim Newbound 20 January 2009 at 21.02

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Recorded at Godcity Studios with Converge guitarist / production guru Kurt Ballou, Scottish quartet Dead Or American...

Recorded at Godcity Studios with Converge guitarist / production guru Kurt Ballou, Scottish quartet Dead Or American’s second album is a brilliantly adventurous affair. It’s frequently caustic and delightfully discordant (‘Creep Eastward’, ‘Shibboleth’), but not without more melodic, tempered moments, such as ‘A Border Crossing’, a track that would grace any Interpol album. When they are tearing it up, they know how to pen a great tune too – a chief example being ‘Ne Plus Ultra’. There are great moments throughout, with ‘Hot Shapes For Autumn’ – an excellently bleak song full of intriguing arrangements that creep around the central vocal – being a wonderful highlight. Accomplished, intelligent, and thoroughly entertaining stuff.

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