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Released: 17.08.18







From the wonderful, none-more-heavy album cover and the steamrolling blast of lead single Overthrown, you might have expected Smote Reverser – album twenty-one for John Dwyer and company – to be the Oh Sees metal album. But Dwyer’s taste for a good curveball is in full effect here: instead, this lengthy, jammed-out set owes more to Soft Machine and jazz fusion, using the current double-drummer line-up and pushing further out into the kind of interweaving rhythms and extended freeforms hinted at on Orc.

None of which is to say that Dwyer’s gift for an earworm has gone missing – C, Moon Bog and Abysmal Urn certainly see to that – just that this is the sound of a band whose garage rock days are now firmly in the rear-view mirror.



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