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Boomkat Product Review:
This mighty two-disc opus is a protest album of sorts, directed at what Cope perceives as the tyranny of monotheism, among other things. As ever, the Teardrop Explodes veteran is seldom short on opinions, and is verbose as ever in his anti-establishment rantings. The opening piece here is a nine-minute epic titled 'Doctor Know', which begins in a fairly tuneful, Velvet Underground-styled fashion, only to unfold into something a bit darker and more emphatically psychedelic for its final phase. 'Beyond Rome' comes across like a new wave reincarnation of Current 93, which fits nicely next to the spoken word bluster of 'Soon To Forget Ya'. Next up, the album's title track goes a bit Acid Mothers Temple on the instrumentation, and it's the non-vocal elements that work best on this one (Cope comes over a bit too Bruce Dickinson-lite for my money). Over to the second disc and there's a cracking psych-folk number to get the ball rolling ('A Child Is Born In Cerrig-Y-Drudion'), before cranking the Pagan vibes on 'Woden'. A little less easy to swallow is 'Vampire State Building', which launches a comical attack on the US government: "Nazi Doodle caned the town/Riding on a pony/Stuck them all in Abu Ghraib/And called their God a phoney". By the time he starts referring to Catholic priests as "defilers of our children" on 'Shame Shame Shame', it's hard not to feel exhausted by Cope's heavy-handedness. This in tandem with the rather dubiously phrased press release on his website (making a passing reference to what he terms the "so-called 9/11 bombings") warrants further explanation.