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3.75 | 37 ratings

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Dutch formation Kramer is an offshoot of the Dutch formation Lorian (2001) and since 2004 the new name (with some new members) became Kramer. On this debut CD entitled Life Cycle you will find nine compositions and the running time is at about 70 minutes.

During my first listening session I notice that Kramer their sound is melodic, tastefull and alternating, and they do their best to make original progrock. The first song Homecoming showcases Kramer their compositorial talents and pleasant musical ideas: an intro with sensitive guitar and piano, then a fluent rhythm with pleasant vocals, propulsive drums and guitar, the band slows down with twanging acoustic guitar and in the end the sound become gradually lush with strong interplay between guitar and keyboards. That element is colouring the other songs on this album very tastefully and I also like the contrast between the warm sound of Grand piano and the howling runs on the electric guitar. Like in the varied Identity and A Farewell, The Final Chord (intens blend of piano and guitar) and the great final piece Life Cycle. My other highlights are the sumptuous final part with classical orchestrations and fiery guitar in Escape Into A Dream and the wah-wah drenched guitar and emotional vocals in I Believe.

In my opinion Dutch formation Kramer has delivered a strong debut CD, unfortunately they turned out to be another promising one- shot-band.

My rating: 3,5 star.

TenYearsAfter | 3/5 |


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