Record Review: Ceremony – “Rocket Fire”

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Ceremony certainly wear their influences on their sleeve. Aside from naming themselves after a Joy Division song, their bio fully embraces their similarities with A Place To Bury Strangers, whose Oliver Ackermann once played with Paul Baker and John Fedowitz in a band called Skywave.

Ceremony’s sound certainly has a lot in common musically with the Brooklyn, N.Y. noise rockers, but with a far greater emphasis on songwriting and melody. It’s a great combo and these noisy 10 tunes are pretty damn catchy.

But the crisp, clear production (the band self-produced the album) is most impressive and really gives these songs a live feeling. Rocket Fire feels like baby steps into a new career, and I for one can’t wait to see where the band go from here.

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