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Kongh - Counting Heartbeats CD (album) cover




Experimental/Post Metal

3.34 | 7 ratings

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4 stars Rough and raw, filled with sweat and anger, dark and bitter, atmospheric and dirty, this is 'Counting Heartbeats' by Prog-Sludge band KONGH!

I rarely enjoy stuff of that kind, I prefer purely instrumental Post-Rock/Post-Metal, and the magic trio of ISIS-NEUROSIS-CULT OF LUNA have never been MY music (except for 'The Eye of Every Storm', which is stunning). But since I've discovered ROSETTA, DIRGE, GIANT SQUID and some other Post- Metal bands with vocals that I really ENJOYED, I began to dig deeper. KONGH is my recent discovery, and I really like their manner and their groove; drums and guitar are buried as low as you may wish (but with normal sound quality!), heavy stomach-blowing riffs change to atmospheric guitar arpeggios, BLACK SABBATH influence is obvious, but here are some other ones too, which you can name easily: yes, NEUROSIS for sure, also I heard some TOOL (sorry, that's only me!) and MASTODON in fast breaks. My favouritest track here is 'Zihuatanejo' for sure (does it matter what the name means? I believe it's somehow connected with decay, blood, desolation, desperation and other wonderful things adored by sludgers, he-he), it's almost purely Prog in terms of time signatures, themes' interchanging and compositional structure. Other tracks are bit samey in constructions but they differ in terms of mood and heaviness. Anyway, there's no other word to describe it but EPIC: with 'songs' ranging from 11 to 15 minutes you simply can't find another description, can you? Wonderful record, if you really like Post-Metal...even if you're into more Post-Rocky Post-Metal, like me, I dare to recommend you KONGH, they're massive!

Prog-jester | 4/5 |


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