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III TRI-LOGY

Kingston Wall

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.07 | 110 ratings

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Modrigue
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4 stars Kingston Wall goes electronic

As its cover art suggests, "Tri-Logy" is less middle-eastern and more electronic oriented compared to KINGSTON WALL's previous albums. We can sense the band's will to modernize their sound and to be more on par with the mid-90's standards to reach a larger audience. The Finnishs incorporates new sound effects, techno beats, ambient passages and didgeridoo to reinforce the jungle spacey side of their music. As a result, the atmosphere has some OZRIC TENTACLES touches.

"Another Piece Of Cake" is a powerful space metal opener, and the only track to feature a slight Arabic ambiance. The ambient didgeridoo of "Welcome to the Mirrorland" introduces the pleasant pulsating "I'm the King, I'm the Sun". Again, "The Key: Will" is a short ambient didgeridoo track for the nice soft reggae of "Take You to Sweet Harmony". "Get Rid of Your Fears", "When Something Old Dies" and "Alt - land - is" form an unique song alternating electronic, ambient and rock passages. This composition can occasionally reminds the OZRICs. "Party Goes On" reuses some of previously developed musical themes and contains a very nice solo from Petri Walli.

"Stüldt Hĺjt" is clearly the weakest song of the record. Its techno beat typical of the mid-90's and lack of variations make this track a bit useless and out of place. On the contrary, "For All Mankind" is one of the best compositions from KINGSTON WALL. A catchy space rock tune and with an efficient sharp riff. The lyrics are sometimes interpreted as Petri Walli's testament, as he committed suicide one year later. The rock song "Time" has an average melody and fails to really lift off. A bit too conventional given the band's standards. The disc finishes with the 18 minutes epic "The Real Thing", the Finnishs' longest track. A hypnotic journey, containing synthesizers, excellent guitar play and saxophone solos.

"Tri-Logy" is an interesting mixture of ethic, ambient, electronics and rock, with top-notch guitar solos. Despite a few weaker moments and compositions maybe less remarkable than on the previous opus, this third and last studio album offers very good passages with a large panel of musical types, while preserving a proper identity. This time, the content is entirely coherent with the cover art: a strange trip into a mystical jungle.

Recommended if you're into psychedelic / space rock and OZRIC TENTACLES.

Modrigue | 4/5 |

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