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KONOM

Konom

 

Progressive Metal

4.01 | 57 ratings

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alainPP
5 stars KONOM was born after a change of line-up and in reference to Asimov. A sound mixing progressive metal and alternative rock in the tradition of groups such as PORCUPINE TREE, HAKEN, FROST *, TOOL, OPETH or KARNIVOOL. Beware a modern and playful sound awaits you, not an easy tune that you cannot stand anyway, a new, innovative and unique sound. "A Welcome Change" and a spatial intro bringing a punchy rock rhythm with the high-pitched voice of Arya reminding me by the sound that of Justin Hawkins from DARKNESS, a first break with the emphasis on the synth then a second with Dan's fruity guitar, here reminding me of Ian CRICHTON, setting the tone for modern progressive alternative rock; digressions thereafter for a new and inventive sound. "Birotunda" with acoustic guitar, soft vocal at the start, then it goes up to a sharp metal rock with progressive sap and in the rhythm and in the composition; sudden break with synth-guitar brawl and the presence of Jem, alternating nervous and soft phases, ethereal, melancholic limits, violin at the end which adds to the introspection. "As the Waters Rise" for the 3rd long track, drums intro in crescendo, violin okay, then a nervous hard riff, keyboard layers that add to the musical score, TOXIC SMILE or TESSERACT at the corner of the ear ; the voice arrives at the nasal, eastern borderline and remembers that of Ian ANDERSON; stretched voice more rock-pop for a conventional verse-chorus chapter and then the enjoyable guitar solo sets the powder; It's beautiful, intuitive and no traces of reminiscences of any dino band, a good point for the prog revival. Final with an enthusiastic vocalist experimentation.

The Great Harvest for a variation in 5 chapters with "I. Epiphany ", which begins this section with a magical instrumental, acoustic guitar, piano, bass, drums; come on a little HAKEN, no there LEPROUS, no there TERRAMAZE, in short it spurts all over the place and it's good, it goes on with "II. Dilate My World "and a title based on Arya's special voice, juggling words, the keyboards behind more vintage; the guitar always fresh, bluesy at times which churns out its notes like note petals; "III. Mutating Light "arriving with a sound deluge flirting with DEVIN TOWNSEND and SAGA" Generation 13 ", a little spanish guitar, hold the ARK sound going through my head; we ask ourselves and "IV. Reflections "a melancholy blues ballad that confuses you even more! Ah there it is, guitar solo, typical voice and it goes, it spurts again, this is more than innovative here, this is OMNI and it is good; last sequence with "V. Heedless Breath "and its rhythmic more metallic than progressive, the notes will certainly remind you of the great DREAM THEATER in its best moments with the emphasis on orchestration and synths, new blood to which I remind you that prog 2020 lives up to its letters glory with the return of keyboards to the fore. A 25 minute play giving room for all members just huge.

KONOM has just hit hard at the start of the year by releasing an unclassifiable album, as I like them; an opus with a centerpiece exploiting the qualities of the musicians, 3 other titles with their own particularities; we are of course crazy prog metal, melodic and anachronistic, an unclassifiable gem that the progs will criticize but the hard rockers will not know where to place it. A modern album that kicks in the human madness of the moment with its contradictions about the real desire to save his planet and to live in harmony with it. A complex album which requires several readings and which then reveals its marvelous content; in short, a must here.

alainPP | 5/5 |

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