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KADA

Kada

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.54 | 11 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. This is the best album I have heard from Hungary so far. Heavy fusion that is often led by the bass and drums, with lots of guitar and horns as well. Trumpet, sax, trombone and flugelhorn are the horns that are played while there are no keyboards of any kind. This brought modern KING CRIMSON music to mind several times, I mean this is dark and heavy just the way I like it. There are lots of horn sections usually with drums pounding, as well as some dissonant and spacey passages. It was difficult to find any info about this band at all, and I can't remember what moved me to buy this other then it may have been the only review i've seen which is on this site by Prognut. He obviously is as overjoyed as I am about this record.

Things start off with the very short and experimental track called "Chinvat I", at 22 seconds in length it serves as an intro to "Chinvat II". Pounding drums to open as horns come in blasting. Guitar and bass a minute in as horns continue. Angular and dissonant melodies follow. This is fantastic ! These guys must be fans of Rio-Avant music as well. This goes on and on until after 6 minutes ! Then we get an actual horn melody as drums and bass accompany to end it. Incredible song ! "Gates" opens with lots of atmosphere as different sounds come and go until 2 1/2 minutes in when we get a reserved melody of guitar, drums and chunky bass. It's building slowly. Before 6 minutes it becomes aggressive for the next 3 minutes. Nice. It calms right down 9 minutes in as bass then guitar and drums come in to end it. "Skin And Mud" is spacey to begin with as deep bass sounds and drums come in. Dark and heavy. Horns and guitar join in the heavy soundscape after a minute. Lazlo peels off some raw sounding guitar solos until we get some mournful guitar that reminds me of parts of "Xanadu" by RUSH 3 1/2 minutes in. Nice gentle horn melody after 6 minutes. The beat stops 7 1/2 minutes in but not for long. When it returns we get dissonant horns before some horn melodies come and go. Chunky bass after 11 minutes as the sound builds until the sax is screaming.

"Kada" opens quietly enough but the random sounds are building. The drumming is amazing and the bass is deep. No melody really until the horns come in around 2 minutes. Great sound.The horns leave 4 minutes in as bass and drums carry on, but check out the guitar a minute later that plays on and on for almost 2 minutes ! He stops but comes back quickly with more guitar, just not as emotional this time. Horns are back 10 1/2 minutes in. "Seeker" opens with horns as tempo starts to pick up. There is a real swinging horn section 2 1/2 minutes in followed by some guitar and horn sounds with no melody. Sax and bass then lead the way as they build until some angular guitar 7 1/2 minutes in. The swinging horn section is back 9 minutes in until the song ends with the sounds of birds and water.

I enjoyed the album so much. These guys really deserve to be more well known then they are. This is essential.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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