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4 stars Another metallic avantgarde King Crimson have come around us again. Six years before, a French experimental rock project "muffling their faces in a mysterious veil" NOOUMENA have shot an impressive debut creation, that would have reminded me of the same vein of King Crimson (vividly in my mind). Yeah in their second mind invasion "Controlled Freaks", the first bullet "Seeds, Needs" extremely strikes me with outrageous, improvised riffs, just like a spark deeply in my ear. Not only aggressive but also tragic and reflective are their repetitive phrases (sometimes a tad cynical and critical, in a fine sense). "Bamboozled" is another distorted sound / melody garden under the dark sky. Sensitive, dissected formulae and powerful rhythmic obsession is quite superb for us. Let me call them not simply avantgarde nor Zeuhl-ish but stoner diversified ... the good example is a melodically ambient convolution "Something Else", one of my favourites. Very sensational and a contrast between this track and the following "Concealed" filled with metallic / jazzy / psychedelic mixture is kinda important linkage. The last "Dog Eat Dog" (very ironic just like "prog is dead") is a genuine authentication of their eclectic soundscape. You cannot help listening to this magnificent creation without any breath ... woohoo.
DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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