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Ok, if asked to describe this album in one word i'd use: BRUTAL. This album really redefines metal/punk! The lyric book has a very intresting art concept, with bright colours, hand written style lyrics, and all forms of weird and wonderful pictures. Right, you've finally put the CD into ... Read review
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Release Date: 2009-10-01, Audio CD, Dubmission

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Community Level 1DaronMalak...

DaronMalakian

Hide your loved ones! Amen are here!

AdvantagesAwesome album, all songs are brilliant

DisadvantagesLyrics very confusing to read

"Ok, if asked to describe this album in one word i'd use: BRUTAL. This album really redefines metal/punk! The lyric book has a very intresting art concept, with bright colours, hand written style lyrics, and all forms of weird and wonderful pictures. Right, you've finally put the CD into you're player, whats the first thing you hear? Casey Chaos, amen front man, do a nice angry scream. If you werent awake, you will be now! Track 1 (CK Killer) ..." Read review
13.07.2005

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 2johancav

johancav

amen to the band who know how to punk it up

Advantagesvisceral, energetic

Disadvantagessome good vocals lost to screaming

"Amen have been doing the rounds for a few years now and they have managed to gather a rather eclectic following along the way. Fans of both rock, metal, alt, as well as punk have taken to amen simply because they make the kind of music that will shatter your teeth should you stand too close. Even through various line up changes the music never lost its soul and this is definitely displayed with thier latest offering "we have come for your parents". ..." Read review
24.08.2002

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 1xcaseychaosx

xcaseychaosx

shut up and listen

AdvantagesCan't stop listening to this album

DisadvantagesNot long enough ;-)

"A must for lovers of heavy music with severe punk influences and growling vocals ! I've already reviewed a single taken from the album (Price of Reality) and said how amazing it is .... and the rest of the album is equally brilliant . Casey Chaos ... an amazing Frontman .... the rest of his band , some very talented musicians . All of the band have been in other great bands ... such as Christian Death , Snot , and Ugly Kid Joe . But DUUUUUDE ..... ..." Read review
21.10.2001

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Community Level 2Impey

Impey

watch out parents, Amen are coming to get ya

AdvantagesExtremely good

DisadvantagesNone

"Hardcore, Punk Metal at it's best. It seems as though Amen have tried to use controversy as their path to fame... amongst the Christian community with the name Amen... and amongst society with controversial pictures featured in the album sleave. But this was sooo un-necessary, the music is good enough to bring them to fame. Amen have little musical talent between them, but when that little amount is shared they make a hell of a good sounding racket. ..." Read review
22.02.2001

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Product details

Title Felt
Performer International Observer
Genre Electronic
Release Date 02/10/2009
Recomended Retail Price 8.99
Original Release Year 2009
Label / Distributor Dubmission / Arabesque
Pieces in Set 1
Studio / Live Studio
Format Performer
EAN 5050693233624
Catalogue Number CDDUB 015CD

Additional notes

Album Notes International Observer is the pseudonym of Thompson Twins alumnus Tom Bailey, whose love of spacy, dubwise reggae grooves became gradually more and more obvious as Thompson Twins went into suspension and then morphed into Babble, a relatively short-lived follow-up project with his wife and fellow Thompson Twins founder Alannah Currie. Now on his own, Bailey's long-sublimated fascination with dub has emerged completely and admirably in a series of instrumental collections, each titled after one of the five senses. Felt manages to do what relatively few similarly configured albums do: it creates a nicely varied and consistently compelling suite of tunes, textures, and effects while sticking faithfully to the core principles of dubwise reggae. But what really sets Bailey apart from the competition is his ability to take dark, heavyweight rhythms and disengage them from gravity: on "Rose Madder" he does so by means of a very subtle swing; on "The Death of Karamov" he does it by taking a rubbery rocksteady beat and adorning it with a glittering mass of twinkling bells, flying vocal samples, and faintly Latin-sounding percussion effects. There are other subtly brilliant maneuvers in evidence as well, such as the dub version of "House of the Rising Sun" (and a doubly dubbed reworking of that track titled "Abode of the Setting Moon") and a number titled "Binman Dub" that almost sounds like a tribute to Ryan Moore's Twilight Circus project. There is also a hidden track tagged on to the very end, an untitled number featuring layers of acoustic guitar and no dub effects at all. ~ Rick Anderson
Album Reviews NME (12/30/00, p.79) - Ranked #44 in NME's "Top 50 Albums Of The Year" - "...A brutal and thrilling assault on the senses....Very metal, and very good..."
CMJ (1/08/01, p.26) - Included in CMJ's "Best Loud Rock Albums" of 2000.
Q (11/00, p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A handful of moshpit anthems with irresistible singable choruses....Amen are nu-metallers who look set to stay the course."
Melody Maker (11/7/00, p.57) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "...Aural PCP. Get tooled up..."
CMJ (10/23/00, p.22) - "...Pissed-off, fist-in-the-air rock'n'roll....[with] its anarchic, metallic, MC5-inspired sound remaining intact..."

Titles on disc 1

1. House of the Rising Dub
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2. Popcorn Slavery
3. The Death of Karamov
4. Rose Madder
5. Neelkanth
6. Lampedusa
7. House Made of Felt
8. Mudshark Lick
9. Binman Dub
10. Miss Hit
11. Abode of the Setting Moon
12. Take My Head
13. In Your Suit
14. Here's The Poison

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