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3.37 | 7 ratings | 3 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Troublemuter (4:14)
2. Lumberhome (6:31)
3. Wonderwood (6:01)
4. Spoomfly (7:59)
5. Rimeshot (7:54)
6. Triptic (7:19)
7. Krimtide (5:38)
8. Lockend (3:58)
9. Orkaneye (7:26)
10. Barkflower (7:12)
11. Hearmind (2:44)

Total Time 66:56

Line-up / Musicians

- Dirk DeVries / guitars, samples
- Marieke Verdonk / guitars
- Mark Drillich / bass
- Rob Snijders / drums

Releases information

Roadrunner release in 1997

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KONG Earmined ratings distribution

(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (29%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by OpethGuitarist
3 stars Kong modifies their sound and branches out into new territory.

This can be considered the second half of the Kong sound, with this album and Freakcontrol being considerably different from their first 3 releases. More house style sounds are incorporated with the digital effects, this could almost be considered progressive club music in parts, as awkward or off-putting as that may sound. With few exceptions, most of the metallic elements previously present in Kong are gone, though the track Barkflower has a real highlight with the metal riff closing out the song backed by many electronic effects.

Songs like Lumberhome have a definitive house beat quality to them, completely blending the genre with metal. A lot of this is interesting to explore, but alas I miss the old style of Kong, as their is just too much techno styled effects here. It can be good in small doses, as can be seen on some of the tracks, but sometimes it can just wear on a listener.

Still an extremely innovative release, with Kong once again pushing the limits of sound.

Review by Lewian
4 stars This album is apparently not very popular. I love all of Kong's albums but this is the one I play most. Maybe I wouldn't say it's the best if I tried to apply "objective" terms - Phlegm would probably get that title for its bold and original combination of instrumental metal and electronic elements, but Earmined has the best flow of them in my view. It is their most organic album, and it sounds mightily good.

Why do I believe this album is not that popular on PA? I think because it's smoothness doesn't appear to be very "progressive". But actually it is. Although the basic concept of instrumental metal with electronic spice is still the same, here rhythmic techno and house elements are woven into the heavy guitar sounds in a way that suggests that these two were really made for each other. Every track has some ideas that could surprise and amaze, were it not for the masterful way in which they make it all seem easy, straight and natural. Also it has great dancefloor qualities, which isn't what most prog fans are looking for. It is hard rocking nevertheless. This is for those who like their body properly shaken through by music that still offers variation and surprises. The rhythms and riffs may seem repetitive at times, but over the whole albums the band goes through a good range of moods and intensities. I assure you it doesn't get boring.

I find this a total joy to listen to and award 4.3 stars.

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3 stars when a friend asked me what is kong, i said that Kong is... Kong, and there is nothing like it... Kong are using allot of electronic elements especially in this album ...shynth, drum loops, other words they using what ever they can, and i love that in a band! there is nothing like ... (read more)

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