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  • Audio CD (July 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0002C4ITA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bee And The Cracking Egg, The
2. Pussy Footin' The Duke
3. Whiskey River
4. Organs
5. Antlers Of The Midnight Sun, The
6. Brotherhood Of The Harvest
7. Wild Whiskey
8. Blue Tomb

Editorial Reviews

This is the Bay Area band's third album and first for Sub Pop; it's also their most varied and richly textured. On "Blue Cathedral", their trademark modern psychedelic sound is enriched by more structured, keyboard-driven jams, churning out Blue Oyster Cult-ish chooglers and slow burners reminiscent of "Harvest"-era Pink Floyd. "Comets On Fire deserve our gratitude...for their distillation of all the best rock riffs since High Rise's take on Blue Cheer..."--Julian Cope.

Customer Reviews

I agree with anyone who says good things about it.
frankie P
It is musical amphetamines and when it is time to listen to something crazy, it holds just as much weight as all those metal albums and punk albums that I love.
t-diggs
Vocals are often thrown in like another instrument amidst the chaos.
Zach Jepsen

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By t-diggs on January 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a just a shredding, rockin-ass record....All you people who think it is senseless noise, probably shouldnt have taken Pitchfork so seriously. They are wrong often. Dont just run out and buy everything they give a 8 and upwards too. They give 8's to Cam'Ron and Chingy as well as Radiohead and Boris....all those things are completely different. Comets are rock and roll. If you are looking for "Doom-Laden" stuff, this is not it. It is not anywhere near Godflesh, and I don't know why you would even compare it to that. This is straight off the wax from the 1970's. To give an idea of what this sorta sounds like, it sounds like Robert Plant circa Whole Lotta Love joined MC5, decided they really liked the Stooges and just as a thought, decided to throw in an Echoplex...It is mostly fast and frenzied guitar music, with all the knobs turned up to 10. Riffs cross Black Sabbath and MC5 in a split seconds time. If you like your rock noisy and off the hinges, check this out. They slow it down from time to time to good effect. They are all very talented musicians and they know how to stack sounds for a very crushing fuzzy approach. It is not metal. There is no chugga chugga, and what does an echoplex sound like? It's very hard to describe, think of the word "oscillation", mad spirals of sound, psychedelia, think acid drenched noise rock. They feed everything through the echoplex and it just adds to the frenzy. If you are looking for something chill, then this is not it. Its not even as chill as Zeppelins most rocking-est moments. It is far more cacaphonous. MC5 might be one of the closest things in terms of speed and riffing, and yes, they do throw down the solos, all dripping with noise....it is the wall of sound approach achieved through a 70's rock ethic.Read more ›
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By leopold bloom on September 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
...and I am powerless to deny her.

It would be stupid to dismiss this band upon hearing the words "Cream" or "Deep Purple." Repeat after me: "influence" and "plagiarism" are entirely different concepts. Comets top up the darkwave psychedelica with a good dose of avant noise: they know it's not 1967, too.

Besides, the point quickly becomes moot after about six seconds of "The Bee and the Cracking Egg," which sticks its steel-toed boot deep in the brainpan and flails the head around with perverse glee. It's loud and it's scary, but it's also carefully, intricately, beautifully structured. To hear roar like that downshift, upshift, and stop on a freakin' dime is pretty darn impressive (and the big difference between Blue Cathedral and Field Recordings from the Sun). Then you get "Pussy Foot the Duke," an instrumental that shows us that Yes could have been punk rockers, and good ones, too. The final track, "Blue Tomb," also gets your marrow vibrating to the subspectral frequencies of the universe.

If you're a rock and roll masochist that enjoys being pummelled senseless, you've found a friend (?) in Blue Cathedral.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francis on November 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I thought I'd heard it all, but I must say when I first picked up Blue Cathedral I was struck by the sheer originality of the Comets' sound. Nothing sounds remotely like these guys. Something like Deep Purple and Yes collaborating with a bunch psychadelic spazz freaks and noise enthusiasts. Which, I guess, is exactly what the members of Comets on Fire are - total psycho noiz rockers, with one collective foot firmly planted in the sludgy 70's riff madness of Sabbath and Purple and the other in a pool of prog rock excess. It's an unbeatable combination. The searing noise and echobox explorations will have you teetering on the edge of madness, while a nasty, heavy organ and bass riff holds you down...until they switch gears and break it down with tender keyboards and melodic guitar that remind me of the Allman Brothers as much as Pink Floyd. Finally, the vocals are spare, but outstanding and totally unique. Sounds like Ian Gillan plus ten tons of reverb. The singer's voice is a real strong point, I hope they make more use of it on future albums. To sum it up, if you like stoner rock, jam rock, noise rock, metal, classic rock, prog rock - get this album and prepare to have your mind blown.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wickerlove on August 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Right from the opening track, Comets On Fire paves the way for frenzied MC5 garage-rock, aggressive jams and psychadelic grooves. In terms of sound, 'Blue Cathedral' combines the fierce guitar-power of Guitar Wolf, the soul-punk of The Constantines and Hawkwind's space-flights. This CD captures the spirit of the Detroit garage-rock scene, reckless energy, bone-shattering rhythms that would make Rob Tyner and Fred Sonic Smith proud. Just press play, hold on to your seat, and be prepared to take-off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zach Jepsen on October 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
that this album has an average score of below 4 stars. Though, I must taking into account such reviews exist like the one who stated his/her feedback was based on listening to the samples; this reviewer was even kind enough to add, "Mind you I'm not really into this kind of music." Brilliant. It makes perfect sense to listen to 30-second samples of an album of a type of music you are not that into and then decide to review it. Namedropping Pitchfork media does not give you credit.

Rant aside, this album is incredible from start to finish. In all honesty, there is not a bad track on here. That statement doesn't even do it justice. Every track is incredible and works to the greater effect of the album, successfully creating a cohesive whole. Comets on Fire manages to cram a feeling of expansiveness into a just-under 45-minute album. Not an easy feat, by no means.

So during that period, the listener is pummeled with an array of sounds and textures. Pummeled, coaxed, invited and revealed, the music does not settle on just one manner of expression. Vocals are often thrown in like another instrument amidst the chaos. There are definite elements of classic rock, blues and psychedelia. But this music in no way sounds dated. The Song "The Antlers of the Midnight Sun" explodes from the get-go in a glorious fount of cacophony and melody. "Wild Whiskey," in my opinion, has the biggest pervading sense of classical rock of all the tracks, which is in no way a bad thing. And all the songs pulse and grow. The band has an excellent sense of pacing, but it isn't redundant or atypical, as one might say of the formula of other instrumental bands like Godspeed, You Black Emperor.

This is headbangers' music. This is music for evening drives.
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