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Djam Karet


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3.28 | 47 ratings

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2 stars Baku. Spirits of the dream world, devourers of evil dreams and nightmares.

The album opens pretty well. "Dream Portal" has a nice melodic lead electric line that repeats nearly continuously with a relaxed synth behind. The voices of children can be heard here and there throughout the song but the voices are manipulated so that you can never quite understand what they are saying, giving it a neat but creepy effect. It reminds me of the little girls voice in Poltergeist when she was trapped in the "other" dimension. "Hungry Ghost" is a loud rocker that could fit in on "The Devouring" but this album has a heavier keyboard presence than does their classic from '97. "Chimera Moon" is a spacey effects number that recalls "Ascension's" weirdness. Some nice guitar soloing begins about half-way through. The ending of this one has the creepy voices again that you can hear but can't understand, this time they are adult voices. "Heads of Ni-Oh" begins with a slow and deliberate rhythm behind lead guitar, then picks up to a much faster pace. During the fast part the synths and guitars will battle each other with some fiery stuff before the pace slows at the end like the beginning. "Scary Circus" is a chaotic free-for-all with everyone getting in their shreds. "The Falafel King" has a cool eastern flavor courtesy of what I believe is the 8-string Lute in the credits. "Sexy Beast" is probably my least favorite, lots of spacey feedback and jamming but little direction or melody. "Ukab Maerd" (Dream Baku backwards) first half is more raucous jamming but the second half goes back to the Ascension style weirdness with nightmarish effects and more of the dreamy voices. "The Red Thread" is the longest track and my opinion a sadly forgettable closer. They really sound like they're just coasting on this track.

In reading about Baku on the Web there are many people who feel this album is DK's finest album. I am not among them. While there are some really decent sections and nothing that is truly awful, Baku just doesn't excite me in nearly the same way as The Devouring. I just love the melodies and feel of the Devouring. Baku is every bit as good technically but it doesn't grab my heart. Despite some good moments, sorry to say I find the experience of this album a bit nondescript. Fans only.

Finnforest | 2/5 |


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