Sometimes it helps to persuade not last long around the bush and instead call a spade a spade. This view seems to be PURE REASON REVOLUTION. Before we ask ourselves that is able to determine whether it is now third album, "Hammer and Anvil" more in the direction of the spherical New art-rock debut, "The Dark Third" or the shocking electronic successor "Amor Vincit Omnia" is to us the answer is clear already from extremely heavy the boxes opposite. "Fight Fire With Fire 'roars and pushes, drunk and hammered with his machine, inevitably monotonous beat in the head and heart. Subwoofer owners should the volume of your woofer better regulate a step back as a precaution, the wall to the neighbors not too thick. Impulsive and utterly danceable opening of four of his new album - and yes: Electronic.
The guitar is relegated to an accompanying instrument, playing the drums finally only the second violin. Pochert everywhere and it pluckert of prog rock no trace. The main issue would be clarified so that fans of the first album and then probably disappointed at the next review. A mistake.
"Amor Vincit Omnia" was retrospectively considered indeed a shock to the progressive rock band of followers, but ultimately not consistent enough. Rock and electro there were a little indifferent to each other. The mixture was not completely round, not alive. Two songs were quality decreases significantly. Not as "Hammer and Anvil" Rock plays but a negligible role in the case of the case, but integrated into the electronic sound worlds, as it was the natural thing in the world. The songs are completely homogeneous - all of a piece. They function as was the case once again extremely well as a debut album, although they are diverse stylistically quite wide.
With the already mentioned "Fight Fire With Fire", on the minimal electro reminiscent "Blitzkrieg" and the chill-out miracle "Armistice" put Chloe Alper and her colleagues clearly from the electronic territory. Such material we do not know of the band. The refreshed. All other songs move between. Times the spherical and quiet that you even have to think to the debut ("Patriarch"), sometimes bubbling like on the second album ("Valour", "Black Mourning"). End-time ambient noise in open insurrection, "we have heard of PURE REASON REVOLUTION either.
I have searched long hair in the soup. I have not found it. "Hammer and Anvil" is a work of outstanding quality, exudes confidence and consistency. And it again: the breathtaking melodies and majestic choruses, which one never tires.
A song that sums up the matter well and therefore offer a Listen to: "Last Man Last Round".
Incidentally, the album will be released as a Limited Edition digipak with a bonus DVD that features eight live songs.
Dutch leading music magazine OOR is also very positive:
"The mix of electronica and progressive rock of these four young guns, led by singer / guitarist / songwriter Jon Courtney is a challenge for any prog lover, who after several spins, will become more confident of the brilliant touches of Hammer and Anvil."
And yet another one, from a ("the") german prog-rock site. The reviewer openly admits that he's probably not the right one to write this review and he says the record is certainly not for the average prog-head. But I had actually expected them to give even less than the 9/15...