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The New, Clear Sounds of Ash

Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, September 1998

TUCKED AWAY behind a careworn inner city church on a quiet residential street in Highbury, North London, lies an outwardly unremarkable red brick building. This anonymous edifice and one-time home to the Rank Charm School may look like nothing more than a down-at-heel village community centre, yet venture behind its curiously blacked-out windows and you'll discover Wessex Studios. The Sistine Chapel of rock.

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