‘Ape Confronts Cosmos’ is the comply with as much as 2015’s superbly-named ‘Skulls, Skulls, Skulls, Show Me The Money’, and the second album they’ve launched since reuniting virtually a decade in the past. Whatever’s fuelling them, we would like some. The staccato riff of the opening ‘Out Of The Blue’ is like aural caffeine, and lead single ‘Run Towards The Roar’ is sort of three minutes of the sort of punchy pop-rock that the Foo Fighters used to put in writing of their prime.
The band are most likely sick of the Muse comparisons by now, however vocalist Chris Gordon steadily sounds uncannily like Matt Bellamy – take heed to ‘You Won, You Won’, and you would be laborious pressed to disagree. On the entire, although, his band aren’t fairly as given to musical histrionics because the all-conquering Teignmouth trio. ‘The Wild Beast’ exhibits them at their most direct; with an acoustic intro that explodes brilliantly into the sort of heads-down, riff-laden groove of which any southern/’stoner’ rock band can be proud.
‘Ape Confronts Cosmos’ is not all high-octane thrills, although, and its quieter moments rank amongst probably the most spectacular. On the likes of ‘I Belong In Battle’ and ‘The White Witch’, Gordon is accompanied by little greater than an acoustic guitar and violin or cello, in some way creating an virtually cinematic impact while retaining a way of intimacy.
Barring the occasional dip in high quality in the direction of the tip, this can be a sometimes addictive and numerous album from a band that has all the time saved us guessing – even when they have not all the time obtained due credit score for doing so.