In the times of the shoegazescene My Bloody Valentine were the loudest band around (I still remember seeing a 20 minute version from "You made me realise" which was so freaky that half of the venue left) and in the new scene it looks like the New Yorkers A Place To Bury Strangers are taking that place.
They're so loud on scene that you can get earplugs for free at their T-shirtstall and it looks like they're proud of that, why else would they call their album "Exploding head" you think?
This is their 2nd album and Oliver Ackermann (the man behind the band) promised to come up with a more earfriendly sound (you must know that he run a firm that makes guitarpedals called Death By Audio) but for those who think you're getting a popalbum now, better give up on the band.
A Place To Bury Strangers have become a bit more melodic but it's still dead loud and can be best compared to My Bloody Valentine at their most uncompromising and of course the "Psychocandy"-years, even if the band are a bit fed up with the Jesus & Mary Chain-comparisons, but saying they don't sound like them would be a lie in the highest order.
Is it a good album? It's a grower as they say and death by audio still is the colest way to die so....
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