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Tiny Fingers: Megafauna

Israeli instrumentalists’ UK debut is a heavy, spacey joy.

In an age when you can fine-tune a studio recording almost to the point of flawlessness, there aren’t many acts who would record an album live in a single take with no overdubs – particularly not in the wilfully complicated and perfectionist arena of prog and post-rock.

But this Israeli quartet did just that on this third album – the first to be officially released in the UK – and it adds a sturm und drang to their thundering, groove-centric space rock that could easily have been lost to over-production. With no vocals to distract us, the bottom end draws you in. Rumbling bass undercurrents, gut-stabbing rhythm and scuttling, insidious percussion abound on Demands and The Reduction Wheel, offset by squalling guitar hooks, before they let a little more light in with the trippy, expansive synthscapes of Pasadena Matador. And by the end, there’s a vintage sci-fi, War Of The Worlds feel about the doom-laden portent of Cyclamens, as howls of guitar and eerie keyboard wails flash through the night sky. Originally released back in 2012 in Israel, you’re bound to wonder if a newer release is set to follow. If so, If it’s anything like as good as this, we’ll be all ears. JSS

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Having freelanced regularly for the Melody Maker and Kerrang!, and edited the extreme metal monthly, Terrorizer, for seven years, Jonathan is now the overseer of all the album and live reviews in Metal Hammer. Bemoans his obsolete superpower of being invisible to Routemaster bus conductors, finds men without sideburns slightly circumspect, and thinks songs that aren’t about Satan, swords or witches are a bit silly.