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The Dematerialised Passenger

by Combat Astronomy

"Stunning transatlantic fusion of relentless, low-end industrial force with the explosive, ecstatic noise of questing free jazz" Tom Ridge, Neumu/The Wire
Genre: Metal/Punk: Industrial Metal
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1. Greedy Angels
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2. Time Stamp
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3. Body Of Incus
1:19 $0.99
4. Collapsing Runways
5:49 $0.99
5. Orion
7:18 $0.99
6. Sulphur (mercurated)
3:54 $0.99
7. Bad Phaser
10:12 $0.99
8. Serpents
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9. The Dematerialised Passenger
8:11 $0.99
10. Solar Guitars
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Album Notes
"...Heavy as plutonium, this, like a 21st century incarnation of Magma's operatic "zheul" onslaught. Disjointed, pounding drum programmes mix with deep, detuned bass guitar-riffs and electronic buzz saw drones to create a relentless suite of Industrial sludge-Prog heaviness."

Daniel Spicer

"... Prepare your mind’s eye for a venture into a steely-edged and somewhat phantasmagorical joyride. The artists’ bag of tricks is rooted within an otherworldly mergence of King Crimson-type bone-crushing rhythms, along with riotous jazz riffs. James Huggett generates some shock treatment with his blitzing and rather weighty e-bass attack. And with some industrial music overtones, the quartet’s pulsating ostinato rhythmic gyrations serve as a foundation for a sonic trip into the halls of doom."

Glenn Arista
All About Jazz

"...I'm simply blown away by the complexity The Dematerialised Passenger. The album is one of the best to come out this year for sure. Technically, the album is flawless, every song seems to flow perfectly within the construct. People always say that the sophomore release is always the hardest, but Combat Astronomy show here that they're more than up for the task of recreating and exploring new areas of sound without losing what made them so great in the first place. Fans of heavy guitar-Industrial music will love this album for sure."


After the acclaimed release of Lunik on cult german noise/industrial label Adnoiseam in 2001, reclusive mastermind James Huggett, gathered his forces and returning to the isolation of the studio again to begin a much more ambitious piece of work: a modern day industrial progressive epic that would represent everything he had strived and sacrificed for. Ending a five-year hiatus of playing guitar, his new songs began to form around a core of thick, gritty bass guitar and martial programmed acoustic drums.

A conversation with fellow British improvisational musician and composer Martin Archer sparked sparked a highly productive collaboration that led to the landmark Combat Astronomy album 'The Dematerialised Passenger', released in 2005. This album has received wide ranging critical acclaim from influential titles including avant-garde periodical The Wire for its single minded and multi-dimensional modern progressive fusion of metal, free-jazz and ambient noise into a compelling and unique whole.

Of this work, Huggett says it "…harks back to Godflesh or God, along with Magma and perhaps Heldon - but always sounding like nothing other than itself. I just cannot emulate other genres or styles of music. I've tried, I've failed. Combat Astronomy just creates itself through me, for better or worse. So now it's just a matter of making the best music I can with the best musicians I can find.".



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This album is excellent
One of the best and most creative albums i've heard in ages.


Outstanding, deep and complex album
This is an album for music listeners, not for music consumers. It requires time and attention to understand and enjoy. The rewards for repeated listening are significant: the high degree of care with which each track is structured only becomes apparent after repeated listening. It's certainly eclectic. Within Dematerialized Passenger you'll discover elements of free jazz and European prog rock blended with metal, industrial and noise influences with dexterity and insight. Outstanding and complex.


One of my favorite albums ever!
This cd from start to finish is brilliant. The opening track, greedy angels, immediately challenges the listener. the choppy drums, organ, and bass move to a quirky rhythm...sounding wierd at first...uneasy...but soon you sink into the rhythym...and then the sax! I have never been able to get in to the squeeky experimental freeform jazz stuff too much...the horns are great but it is generally too out there but with no stable groove. dematerialised passenger however...WOW! the sax fits perfectly over the grinding bass(which is definitely THE combat astronomy sound).. it is just pummeling! it has a repetitive, trancy quality that i really dig. the album flows seemlessley from one song to the next. it is dynamic - quirky, then jazzy, then doomy (ORION-this track is epic!), then heavy as hell, then etherial. all the while there are underlying textures and noises which give it a spacey vibe. listen to it with a set of headphones and you'll know what i'm talking about. I'll shut up now- this cd speaks for itself!