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Ikuinen Kaamos


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.02 | 4 ratings

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Any Colour You Like
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3 stars With the seemingly explosive power of Opeth, and the more subtle nuances of prog rock, Finland's Ikuinen Kaamos bursts onto the Tech Metal scene with their 2008 EP, Closure.

Upon first listen I almost shouted "OPETH" after a few seconds. The comparison between the two is not hard to hear, and nor is this necessarily a bad thing. The opening track 'Closure' features a flurry of buzzing guitars, often angular and angry, but at times more melodic and soothing. Mixed in with this are small acoustic and ambient breaks that showcase a deeper sense of maturity than your average death metal band. Vocally, you have your standard death/black metal growls, and occasionally some pretty decent clean vocals thrown into the mix. Again, this diversity of sound across the 27 minutes of the EP is refreshing to hear from an extreme metal perspective. The second track, 'Your Gallows' is again, another melodic monster that relies on faster tempo riffing, the occasional blastbeat and typically guttural vocals. 'The Absence' ties the EP off with a 13 minute epic, that showcases all the promise Ikuinen Kaamos has. From lovely melodic guitar work, to furious black metal flurries, Opeth-esqe solos and some clean vocal sections, helps the track to be the most impressive and memorable on the EP.

For the promise that this release shows, it does come across to an extent as prog/death metal by numbers. It is fairly predictable to any serious listener of the genre, and never really develops any unique atmosphere or conceptual purpose. Despite this, Ikuinen Kaamos proves that you can create interesting and powerful music, that blends death metal, black metal and proggy atmospherics. Watch this space.

Any Colour You Like | 3/5 |


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