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War Of The Wakening Phantoms

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The Holy Ground
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Soul In Lust
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Our Time Is Coming Soon
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Strandhill Sands
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Winter Ghosts
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Sick With The Old Fire
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Master Of The Clouds
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The Lost Explorer
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The Drum
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A River Haunting
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Higher And Brighter
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Lucifer's Dream
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Your Eyes Are A Door
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Dust In The Sun
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 60:37

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Their best.

Diquehead

The whole album is good. Don't trust the 30-second samples. This band runs through chord progressions, tempo shifts, multiple middle eights, disharmony moving to three-part harmonies, and hook after hook after hook. A 30-second clip can -- and does with some songs here -- omit the best parts. Don't miss "Soul In Lust," "Strandhill Sands," "Winter Ghosts," "Master Of The Clouds," "Higher And Brighter."

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Perfect psych pop!

ddudley

This is one of those albums that grabs you right away, but still bears repeated listening. It's catchy, melodic, well-constructed pop music. If you like the Stone Roses, you'll like these guys. They tour North America like crazy -- be sure to check them out when they hit your town.

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Must listen!!!!

mrmotheatre

Trust me, this is a can't miss, can't lose situation. Each song appreciates with every listen. You'll start catching new hooks, vocals and melodies each time until you get the full on experience of listening to this album. Before you know it, you're reaching for this every time you head for the car. Sometimes i wake up in the morning with these songs stuck in my head. Now that's a good sign folks. This is what you've been searching for.

They Say All Music Guide

On their second album, War of the Wakening Phantoms, Montreal’s High Dials cast off the ’60s straightjacket that gave their first album the feel of a museum piece or a school assignment. Instead they follow the initial steps made on the follow-up EP, Fields in Glass, and open up their sound to include more modern reference points like the Stone Roses, the ’90s shoegaze sound, and, somewhat inevitably, new wave. The extra layers of influences free the High Dials from the past, and they magically end up sounding like no one but themselves for the most part. Sure, you can still spot references at times, but they are less obvious — a little Kitchens of Distinction here (in the hazy walls of guitars on “Strandhill Sands”), a dab of Moose there (the shoegaze & western slide guitar on “Master of the Clouds,” the plucked acoustic guitar on “Lucifer’s Dream”), and some classic Ride all around (“Sick with the Old Fire,” “Higher and Brighter”). Best of all, there is almost no Who to be found anywhere, but there are soaring vocal harmonies, waves of guitars, and gloriously free and easy-sounding songs — like “Our Time Is Coming Soon,” “A River Haunting” (which features some wonderfully corny-sounding synth washes), the epic ballad “Your Eyes Are a Door,” and “The Holy Ground,” a pounding rocker that opens the album with a biff bang pow! — that overflow with a joyous energy that’s surprising on first listen and heart-warming on the next 20. It is always fun when bands reinvent themselves, mostly because they usually botch the job and become laughingstocks, but the High Dials do the nearly impossible and make the makeover work for them in the most delightful way. War of the Wakening Phantoms is the sound of a band discovering its soul and creating something beautiful and big — really big in a way that bands like Moose and the Catherine Wheel never quite were back in the day. If you thought the first record was nothing special, come back and give the band another chance, because this album will blow you away. If this is your intro to the band, welcome to a surprisingly great album. – Tim Sendra

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