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PH7 by Peter Hammill
Released: Jun 1979
Label: Virgin Catalogue
For the most part Peter Hammill's solo work isn't as widely embraced as that of his band, the amazing Van Der Graaf Generator. Yet an album such as PH7, originally released in 1979, makes the case that Hammill on his own might be an even more potent artistic force. Without VDGG surrounding him, he ditches prog in favor of orchestral-laced confessionals, propulsive rockers and, most impressively, dystopian synth-ragers. The uncompromising "Porton Down" is just vicious and doesn't sound far removed from the industrial sounds Cabaret Voltaire and D.A.F. were producing around the same time.
Justin Farrar
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