One release like this can justify the whole slew of identical, commercialized units that the J-rock scene manufactures in heaps to keep the charts under control. Just two records into their career, Fullarmor -- a local supergroup of sorts -- is already worthy of worldwide attention: the alt-rock scene hasn't seen anything this fresh, free, innovative and addictive since Faith No More folded. Actually, the best comparison point would be the Russian Circles, in part because Fullarmor play instrumental music, too, but while the Chicago boys are busy shedding the post-rock ethos from the gloomy/uplifting song shifts, Fullarmor go further, pulling the neatest trick of all: genre- and mood-hopping without losing cohesiveness. Indeed, there's rarely been such a cohesive album -- and that's in spite of the fact that the music has U2 riffs, jazzy time signatures, prog keyboard lines, some wild sax, guitar textures from paradise or, at least, from fairy land, and bass as a leading instrument, busy as an army of beavers come spring (Fullarmor employ two bassists). Bass playing is the main driving force on Cataract, infusing a constant level of adrenaline into the many dreamy, romantic, ironic, angry, and excited moods of the album. When this record ends, it leaves a refreshing aftertaste, like a successful mountain trip packed into songs -- as well as a strong feeling that not hitting "repeat" would be a crime against good taste.
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AllMusic Review by Alexey Eremenko