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KLAMMER – ‘You Have Been Processed’ Album Review

KLAMMER – You Have Been Processed

KlammerLeeds (UK) based Klammer are releasing their new album You Have Been Processed  on the 10th of August. Klammer have consistently played up and down the country both as a headline act and in support of some big name bands (including The Skids, The Undertones, Richie Ramone, Penetration and The Membranes) , They also played at Rebellion and The Great British Alternative festivals in 2017 and repeated the showing at this year’s Rebellion.

The album will be available on vinyl, CD and download and, true to dark and intense form, it opens with a foreboding synth before Coast To Coast bounds into earshot with a bombastic bass lick, atmospheric vocal and soaring guitars creating a goth-punk rocker that had us salivating here at towers.

Modern God is next and was released as a single in May and the rhythmic riffs support a dark spoken/sung vocal reminding me of fellow Yorkshire dark punksters, The Sisters Of Mercy. On No Memory, the robotic beats and vocals create an edgy, eclectic dark pop-punk vibe whereas Spiral Girl (video below)maintains the deep, dark vocals but ups the tempo creating a spiraling guitar sound and New Model Army like beats.

On Mechanical Boy, Klammer channel The Cure and The Cocteau Twins with a slower paced ballad with plaintive vocals and echo-tinged guitar notes and Baddest Blocks seriously ups the pace with a raucous rhythmic punker that had some sharp elbows flying in the office! The twelve-track album continues with Tonight with the momentum maintained and some super hooks throughout and Common Sense adds a dirty bass driven dark and atmospheric edge.

‘Twas But A Magpie is a terrific goth-punk rocker with those trademark deep voiced vocals laid on top of solid rhythm section with reverb dripping guitars adding to the atmosphere that is dark and foreboding and the Southern Death Cult like Human Clay took us back to Ian Astbury circa 1981 – excellent!

The penultimate song, Production builds from a gentle opening to an edgy marching machine-like song with some interesting vocal treatments and the closer, A Long Cold Summer, wraps things up brilliantly with pace, power, precision and a dose of post-punk attitude that we loved.

You Have Been Processed by Klammer  will be available on a limited edition 7″ (300 copies) and as a download (link below).

The vinyl version is available from the bands website and Rough Trade.






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