The list of influences is long, from classic rock & metal behemoths Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Iron Maiden to the indie rock of bands like Swell via Berlin-era David Bowie and Depeche Mode. I love the way they use keyboards and guitars to equally powerful effect.
"Closer To The Edge" sounds like a 1970's science fiction film soundtrack and serves as a breath catching interlude after the craziness of "Horns Arising" before "High Rise" brings back the rock. Less metal and more garage rock but drifting into Hawkwind and Spiritualized territory as it progresses to full on wig out.
"Boogie Lover" takes a more traditional blues-rock vibe but still has a 1960's psychedelic edge, and a heavier undertone. It is the only track that approaches a standardised sound, and suffers for this a little. Possibly a couple of minutes too long as well.
At only 8 tracks it might seem on the short side, but only one of those is under 3 minutes and the album is a perfectly sized 43 minutes. Moreover 7 of those 8 tracks take the listener on an extravagant musical journey. One of the more intriguing albums I've heard in a while, only to be avoided by those who don't want their musical horizons expanded.
"Drown in the future shade, ain't no-one gonna save you tonight...."