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3.85 | 177 ratings

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5 stars Is this band on sonic enhancing drugs? Demand the members be tested immediately!

This album by Kingcrow is the audio equivalent of that ad -- you know the one, in the back of the early comic books for Charles Atlas: skinny guy gets sand in his face by bully; work outs to beat up the said bully; and finally gets the girl in the proper red-blooded, male testosterone fashion. Skinny no more, he's the hero of the beach! Thanks Charles Atlas!

It feels like the Kingcrow has sonically shot up between the toes. They have achieved a masterful success story with this current release, Eidos. This album is in tip-top form, with six-pack abs and totally eclipsing their really good 2013 release In Cresendo. But, this is next level, baby! If you are into Leprous, Karnivool, Breaking Orbit, or Skyharbor, just give it a few moments, please. Are you bummed Porcupine Tree are no longer putting out new material? Dry your tears and take your thumb out of your mouth, this is the perfect band to fill in that empty, cavernous space deep inside your soul. There's a perfect blend of crunch and serene moments. There's aggression without growly vocals, melodic hooks and rhythmic riffage that scream for mass appeal, and a signature sound that indicates this band has come of age. Without a doubt, after re-examining Kingcrow's past catalog, it can be said with utmost confidence that this album will probably go down as their career defining album, thus far. If you check out only one of their albums, this is it.

You will not be disappointed by the fuzzy, crunchy guitar tones and the proper blend of distortion to acoustic guitar. The hooks are there, the vocals are upfront and the lyrics contain hardly a pinch of fat. The word smithing is competitive fighting weight. The recording is stellar on all fronts. The drums alone will force your warm-down commute home to detour. You'll bolt to the nearest car audio store for an installation of an audio system worthy of the TV show, Pimp My Ride. Check out the songs The Moth, Adrift and Slow Down if nothing else. (I'm too old to be head banging to this addictive groove! My neck meat is going to need some tender loving massaging tomorrow.) Here we have a fully-realized Kingcrow, ferocious and eager to come out of the corner swinging. It's a sweaty, pumped, and well-conditioned winner.

Wishful Concert pairing: Leprous or Breaking Orbit

buddyblueyes | 5/5 |


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