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Kaos Moon


Crossover Prog

3.86 | 22 ratings

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4 stars Cross Match

Canadian band Kaos Moon's 1994 debut album After The Storm is one of those rare gems that I most probably never even would have heard of if it wasn't for Prog Archives. After having found out about its existence, tracking down the actual music was not easy. But I can honestly say that it was absolutely worth the effort. Somewhere in the borderline between Crossover Prog and Neo- Prog, this actually sounds very British. I'm especially reminded of IQ, but with a bit more of an edge.

This is simply an excellent album with groovy bass lines, delightful modern keyboards, powerful lead guitar, driving drum beats, and pleasant vocals. Everything (with the exception of the vocals) is louder than everything else in a very appealing way. Not every track is as strong as every other, but overall the material is very strong. The groovy opening track Memory Station and the instrumental Cross Match stand out for me with their somewhat greater quantity of quirks, twists and turns. The former has a brilliant keyboard part. The album flows very well from beginning to end and there is a nice variation between softer and more hard-edged, faster songs.

Sadly it would take Kaos Moon as much as ten years to produce a follow-up album (and besides, that second album sounds like it was made by a completely different group!). This band deserves a lot more recognition than they have received.

After The Storm is a highly recommended album!

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