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3.60 | 5 ratings | 3 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fool's Engine (3:49)
2. Rage8FA (3:32)
3. Slant (4:46)
4. Wide Awake (4:06)
5. Perseverance (6:27)
6. Surfing Narrative Waves (5:06)
7. Stars & Tribes (2:20)
8. Contenu Inconnu (6:37)
9. Determine (2:31)
10. Inflate Expand Release (6:09)
11. Different Odds (2:54)
12. NOZL (4:49)
13. Feast Or Burden (5:18)

Total Time 58:24

Line-up / Musicians

- Oscar Alblas / drums
- Tijs Keverkamp / guitar
- Mark Drillich / bass, samples, guitar
- David Kox / guitar, samples
- Thijs Schrijnemakers / Hammond on Wide Awake
- Pete Holiday / guitar solo on Surfing Narrative Waves
- Morean / vocals on Content Inconnu
- Martin de Greef / sabar on Inflate Expand Release
- Luuk van Rossum / sabar on Inflate Expand Release
- Frank Boeijen - synthesizers on NOZL

Releases information

Label: Kongenial Records
Format: CD, Digital
September 19, 2014

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KONG Stern ratings distribution

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Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars KONG, hailing from Holland, is a seasoned unit in music circles, formed back in 1988, and with eight full-length studio productions to their name at the time of writing. Following a spell of inactivity they returned as an active band unit with a revamped line-up in 2008, and have released three of their albums after this point. "Stern" is the most recent of those, and was released through the band's own label Kongenial Records in 2014.

The many and often rather different aspects that, in sum, constitute the sound of this band make for a generally engaging and interesting ride, as long as you do have an affection for everything that is within the fairly broad scope of this album. If an instrumental production by a band exploring what may be described as industrial space metal sounds like a good thing to you, or if an album caught somewhere at the halfway stage between Nine Inch Nails and Ozric Tentacles sounds appealing to you, "Stern" is an album you may want to add to your list of music that merits a check.

Review by Lewian
3 stars This is one of the albums of the type "band that I like plays the stuff they do well", and this surely is a positive thing. So we have another dose of heavy guitar riff driven instrumental rock with mighty drums and some electronics and samples mixed in to make things more interesting. One can't accuse the band of pushing the borders though; as a long standing follower of the band there is hardly any surprise for me in this. The album is somewhat dynamic with some calmer parts that in other reviews were fittingly associated with the Ozric Tentacles, however this element could already be found on the predecessor Merchants of Air. Some of these parts are atmospheric and work well, some others are a bit monotonous, just waiting for the next eruption. "Surfing Narrative Waves" harks back to Kong's outlier more electronic album Freak Control. So the elements that the band has used before are mixed to good effect once more and if you don't know Kong you may actually be quite impressed by this - but then you may want to start your exploration of the band elsewhere.

As I am a fan of the band, I play this a lot and I enjoy it as all their offerings before (Kong really hasn't produced a single weak album yet and they have done quite a few). Once more this is very powerful music and still Kong have their own very characteristic style so that whenever they have a new album I need it for lack of other bands that could substitute them. But still there is lots of heavy riffing on this album, not all of it really sparkling, this lead element feels a bit overused to me after all the years.

OK, 3.3 stars. Can't give 4 all the time, sorry. But still it's a good album, really!

PS: I just realise that Feast or Burden, the last song, cites Steve Hillage's Glorious Om Riff, good reference, guys! Who says there are no surprises?

Latest members reviews

4 stars Stern is an excellent release from Kong. It's more experimental in tone than most of their work, and has a wider range of mood, from hard-driving "King Crimson" Red-era metal, to the techno influence of their middle period. Some of the softer pieces sound like they'd be at home on an Ozric Tentacles ... (read more)

Report this review (#1296561) | Posted by dsbenson | Friday, October 24, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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