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Don Caballero


Post Rock/Math rock

3.94 | 102 ratings

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4 stars Well there's a kind of similarity between the present ensemble of Don Caballero and another US band of the experimental modern art rock genre (or post rock if you prefer) called Djam Karet: both these strange bands tried to give all the modern prog music new lymph in the middle of the nineties, but unfortunately it was a short period for the underground experimental music. Anyway coming back to "D.C. 2", it's a strange work in progress, based upon the crazy inventiveness (as usual) by Damon Che on drums, supplying the right groove to Matt Jencik, the bass player... ok you can stay listening to their music for a long time and naturally the whole instrumental number is never boring...the music is hypnotic, here searching for a great mood, full of dynamics, without forgetting the sense of melody (why their music has been defined like "math rock"?!..Well I don't know, but never mind)...of course it's not easy to follow their crazy changing mood, as well as the continual improvement of their intricate tunes and complex structures too. Sometimes They remind me of Dream Theater (especially in the mix betwen fusion and metal), even though in a different and more mature/intelligent way in my opinion - in comparison to the metal prog band by Petrucci & C.; while in other circumstances They play in the vein of King Crimson (period regarding "Red"), but lacking the vocals here, being replaced by a bunch of melodic instrumental breaks- through, that They are able to alternate during their incredible excursions!

You know that I prefer a different kind of experimental prog (the band After Crying for instance, sometimes being "Crimsonian" and in the vein of F. Zappa, but not only...) or the early Echolyn (these latter being completely fitted into the fusion and romantic prog rock - at the time of "Suffocating the Bloom"); nevertheless also this "D.C. 2" is a memorable work, remaining like a unique extraordinary project - a sort of new "meteor" of the present firmament concerning the experimental post rock music, that usually I don't like very much, but in this case I want to make an exception: complex music, always out of the schemes, often intelligent...such a sin after all!!

lor68 | 4/5 |


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