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Holy Ghost Revival
Opener ‘The Gospel According To Judas’, with its calls to “rape the day” delivered in Conor Kiley’s falsetto screech in among glitzy soft-rock breakdowns and naughty Elton piano parts, could be a lost track from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It sets the high camp tone perfectly, leading into ‘Green Raised Vein’, which ploughs an old-school rock furrow with a mead-quaffing Merrie Olde England twist that seems more like it was devised at a Lord Of The Rings convention than against the bar of a spit and sawdust dive pub. Their crowning rock opera moment comes in the shape of ‘Arrogant Army’, a Broadway-worthy slice of fairground punk, complete with oompah sax and handclaps, while things only become truly unsettling on the synth-abusing, clattering finale of ‘Wetbrain Bandana’.
‘Empire Skies’ and ‘Rationed Sacrifice’ offer up just two of the album’s many blokeishly emotional ‘November Rain’ moments; proof that they have soppy hearts full of hair metal balladry as well as an Andrew WK-like urge to party until their brains trickle out of their ears. Original Holy Ghost Revival ain’t, but fun they are.
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