THE NEP­TUNE POWER FED­ER­A­TION

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Neath A Shin Ei Sun

SELF-RELEASED Syd­ney psych rock quar­tet power through their pal­ette While of­fi­cial in­tel on this Syd­ney four-piece may be scant, that the self-pro­fessed “threat to de­cency”, fronted by Im­pe­rial Priest­ess Scream­ing Loz Sutch, is said to have grown from

“dive bars and biker club­houses” should tell you most of what you need to know. The Nep­tune Power Fed­er­a­tion’s ap­proach is scat­ter­shot. There’s pol­ished hard rock, psy­che­delic noodling, face-melt­ing so­los, stir­ring spo­ken word in­ter­ludes, shim­mer­ing choirs and gruff growl­ing – of­ten all within the space of a sin­gle song. Loz’s bom­bas­tic vo­cals chan­nel Ann Wil­son at the height of her power, while the al­bum’s dosed with a sense of drama more be­fit­ting of mu­si­cal the­atre than a metal al­bum – think more Rocky Hor­ror than hor­ror rock. The al­bum’s ex­per­i­ments and ex­plo­rations are thrilling and be­wil­der­ing in equal mea­sure, but ul­ti­mately, there’s too much go­ing on here for this to work as a co­her­ent whole.

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BRIONY ED­WARDS

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