Rush
Clockwork Angels


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
June 15th, 2012 | 44 replies | 3,896 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rush definitely did not rush out this album.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Actual Progressive ROCK is uncommon to stumble upon in the current century where progressive metal and the experimental, sludge, and doom sub-genres spawned from its influence have taken the crown over the sound associated with long compositions.

So with heavy and visceral bands such as Opeth dominating the modern definition of progressive music, one may be asking themselves as to whether or not Rush at this point feels primitive, weaker, and fails in effectiveness in comparison, letting their age get the best of their relevancy. The answer to these concerns is a relieving no, as Rush adjusts themselves to the ideas of those they influenced, incorporating Muse-like neo-prog, and in the process letting jazzy pacing, crisp atmosphere, and bubbling electronic sonics wash over their record to cause a bit of a rebirth.

Rush makes the wise decision of not letting themselves be taken by the new age, they simply welcome new sounds of the new age to come into their record and for them to take notes and make refinements, keeping their appeal as veterans, while creating appeal by introducing a record that's full of as many surprises as their is classic familiarity. Handling it in such a way that they successfully avoid alienating old or possible new fans in their approach.

It's refreshing to see some classic progressive getting back in the ring, and the great part about this is that they aren't just retreading through rehashed water and simply churning out another record that's unimportant and unexciting in what's expected of it. This is especially impressive when taking into account Rush's age, these guys are in their 60's, and they are still so technically precise in their playing ability, and still imaginative and bursting with big scale ambition.

The ambition shows in the concept Clockwork Angels centers itself around. There aren't many concept albums by bands that have been going as long and strong as Rush have at this point in their career, that are this intricately and creatively detailed, and paint such a vivid depiction of that detailed visual it's trying to convey. The album is immersive, and the experience gained from the liveliness of the colors and expansive scope this album retains throughout the depicted story is in a nutshell, a rush.

The performance of these songs is phenomenal. Neil Peart's precision in his drumming is still incredible and astonishing, (especially now when his age is taken into consideration) and the performance quality of this album shows that Rush are still looking to challenge themselves and always ready to keep pushing their skills forward and not keep plucking away and what they've mastered until the end of their career.

In summary, Clockwork Angels shows a band that is still in love with what they do after a long career of doing it, and not eroding in the quality of how they go about doing it. Rush has formed a solid album that will do more than satisfy die-hards, and without loosing their true essence, will intrigue and attract newcomers for an experience accessible to them through subtle modern appeal.

It may not push their sound to standards of new and ground breaking directions, but the apparent feeling of always looking forward to and welcoming input from the future is always great to hear.



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breakingthefragile
June 15th 2012



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Now I know this album doesn't need another review, but I wanted to throw my two cents in while it's still a hot topic. I just hope it's not swallowed in the cloud of other reviews consuming the homepage at the moment. Also, don't expect this to live up to Tokeman's review, that would be impossible.

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Fluttertrank
June 15th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rush definitely did not rush out this album

oh lol

breakingthefragile
June 15th 2012



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You know you love my puns Flutters. Ponies love puns.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 15th 2012



4412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You have good stuff in this review, mate.
Perhaps this wasnt the best time to upload this review, due to the overabundance, but at least yours and is actually one of the serious one. I'll pos.

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Fluttertrank
June 15th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ohhhhhhhhhhhhh hahaha

jayfatha
June 15th 2012



2883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy fuck
aight let's keep these coming

Killerhit
June 15th 2012



5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

too many man

but most of them are good

breakingthefragile
June 15th 2012



2955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ASnideRemark Was waiting for someone to make that pun. Also, I'm pleasently surprised to find so many other bronies on sputnik lol.

Fluttertrank
June 15th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pshh all because of me

jayfatha
June 15th 2012



2883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wish there was a way to see just how far ahead this is of everything in the popular albums

Killerhit
June 15th 2012



5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol no me and Tyreal and Reverend were here waaayyy before Flutter

Fluttertrank
June 15th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i know i was kidding. jeez i cant special for once?

Killerhit
June 15th 2012



5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know. I was kidding.

And you are. Believe me, your parents think so

Fluttertrank
June 15th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

aaawww thats so sweet

Killerhit
June 15th 2012



5249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know. :]

BigPleb
June 15th 2012



36098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Caravan.

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ZedO
June 15th 2012



1096 Comments


this is great album, but, damn, it has eight reviews in front-page today...

Fluttertrank
June 15th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the next Jane doe

KILL
June 15th 2012



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i see red

it hurts my head

guess it must be something that i read!

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MutnikSpusic
June 15th 2012



560 Comments


rush rush lol



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