Smote Reverser
Oh Sees - Smote Reverser
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #125 / 464
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
2018 Ratings: #237
August 17, 2018 / Release Date
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Castle Face / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

2018's Smote Reverser feels like the culmination of all the experimentation the band has undertaken over the previous few years, the final steps of Dwyer's ascent to guitar genius, and the kind of album whose deep mysteries will keep people buzzing for years.

83
A.V. Club
The longer Oh Sees go, the more wicked they get.
80
Dork
Yet another first class album from a band that continues their musical odyssey through the stranger reaches of the universe without feeling the need to merely repeat what has come before.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Picking up from where they left off with last year’s Orc, Smote Reverser is linked by its very inability to sound like a grander project. Less thematic or cohesive than other records, Smote Reverser is, quite deliberately, a record that sounds like an endless stream-of-consciousness, with no underlying nucleus that pulls it all together.

80
Clash
‘Smote Receiver’ is what Can, Deep Purple or King Crimson would sound like if they came out 2018. Loud, hypnotic, vitriolic solos, mordant melodies with biting lyrics. It’s everything we’ve come to expect, and I can’t wait to hear the next Oh Sees instalment later in the year.
80
Drowned in Sound

By the time of Smote Reverser's finale 'Beat Quest', it's plain difficult to not be impressed by this insanely talented band yet again – may their reign long continue.

70
Northern Transmissions
Even with some fun jazz mixed into their heavy rock, they tend to overindulge themselves more than they give listeners moments to come back for.
60
Loud and Quiet
Oh Sees are a well-oiled machine, but that machine looks more like a conveyor belt with each release.
Aug 15, 2018
davecoop18
82
I think people were anticipating a heavier album judging by the first single and the progression the last two albums had. However, John threw everyone a curve ball and released a prog rock album that sounds like he's been listening to a lot of Can recently. I love it. Can't wait to hear how different these songs are live.

Favorite Tracks: Nail House Needle Boys, Sentient Oona, Overthrown, C, Last Peace
Aug 18, 2018
Plats
78
“Smote Reverser” is a very abrasive album with a lot of catchy riffs and some 70s style flair with it. Though tracks like “Anthemic Aggressor” do drag a little bit too much.

Fav Tracks: Abysmal Urn, Sentient Oona, C, Overthrown, Enrique El Cobrador, Moon Bog

Least Fav Track: Anthemic Aggressor

Score:
7.8
Very Good
Aug 17, 2018
chunderz
70
The Oh Sees have been producing albums at an alarming rate for some time now, yet all of them are as consistent as ever, usually offering something new for the listener. Their latest, 'Smote Reverser,' is no different. The album treads a very fine line between Doors-inspired 70's rock and garage punk, occasionally delving into a more modern interpretation of psychedelic rock.

The riff on "Sentient Oona" sets the tone early, as the song regularly bounces between a carefree, jamming ... read more
Aug 17, 2018
NR
TERRIBLE DISGUSTING MY EARS STARTED BLEEDING AND WHEN I GOT TO THE DOCTORS AND HE TOLD ME I HAD CANCER AND THAT I HAD HALF OF YEAR TO LIVE. SHORTLY AFTER I ATE AWAY MY PROBLEMS AND GOT DIABETES TYPE 547659604832403048768 AND THAT I AM GOING TO DIE IN 5 MINUTES.
Aug 17, 2018
kalle02
70
Doesn't sound as expiremental, noisy or fun as Orc but the album is still a enjoyable listen. My favourite song is Abysmal Urn.
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Track List
  1. Sentient Oona
  2. Enrique El Cobrador
  3. C
  4. Overthrown
  5. Last Peace
  6. Moon Bog
  7. Anthemic Aggressor
  8. Abysmal Urn
  9. Nail House Needle Boys
  10. Flies Bump Against the Glass
  11. Beat Quest
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