A Natural Disaster

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Latest album from this UK band that used to embrace doom metal but ultimately morphed into a Pink Floyd inspired band with metal influences. This time around the band continues to ramp up the atmosphere quotient and seems to downplay the metal aspects. So what we have here is a heavy version of Radiohead or Porcupine Tree. An easy recommendation but if you are looking for metal stay away. Great album now available at a midline price.

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Excellent album from the Kings of Depression. IMHO, their 2nd best after "Judgment." This album has a lot more to do with progressive rock than doom metal, which these guys started morphing away from in the late '90's. Highly recommended. Leyth
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Tue, 2010-06-08 09:57
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Excellent album from the Kings of Depression. IMHO, their 2nd best after "Judgment." This album has a lot more to do with progressive rock than doom metal, which these guys started morphing away from in the late '90's. Highly recommended. Leyth
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