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King Crimson


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3.65 | 980 ratings

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4 stars Mechanical, almost industrial music.

In 1995 Smashing Pumpkins hit with their double, forgettable album. Oasis strikes with the 'best first album of all-time'. Live made a bundle with throwing Copper, Metallica is bringing a new recipe with Load and the brit-pop is THE flavor of the month in every college radios.With lots of stuff in the vein of Songs from the Lions Cage by Arena, there was quite little space for the return of the Crimson King.

But this album aged incredibely well. The sound is still very up to date, the structure is unreachable for most of today's band and the material is so heavy and tortured, this is like a resurrection of Nine Inch Nails/ The Cure. The industrial textures are giving this record a quite powerful potential that could discourage people looking for a quiet evening by the fire. This is cold, icy, hard as steel music. The beats are sometimes deafening, giving your speakers a hard time. Belew's voices are distorded, rejoining a lot the tone of Steve Hogarth as example on the song Dinosaur.

This is primo heavy, distorded, close to experimental material a la Red. Don't expect Islands approach, more like Red or 21st Century Schizoid Man. Fragile ears keep away!!

With a line-up like that, Thrak was in 1995, a product in advance of it's time...that's the King Crimson seal of quality, look for it.

Menswear | 4/5 |


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