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KARI BAND have been founded as a promising Japanese rock trio / session band by Mikio FUJIOKA (guitars), BOH (bass), and Yuya MAETA (drums, percussion) in 2016. They are paying as a backing combo for Babymetal, a renowned Japanese female metal band. They've launched their debut ep upon April 26, 2017 finally (already been one of smash hits in Japan).

Sadly the guitarist Mikio FUJIOKA has passed away upon January 5, 2018. Upon December 30, 2017, he's dropped down from a high place during astronomic observation, and been into a coma for a while.

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Kari Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars I see, that's the reason why the stage by Babymetal should be pretty cool and awesome. At first let me say thanks to Alan (a Babymetal fan in US) for notifying me of such a fantastic combo. Yes I know, I'm a Japanese and why not familiar with Babymetal, but to be honest I've not got interested in them at all, except in their crazy stage. KARI BAND, three session musicians with mad technique, are a backing outfit supporting Babymetal's entire artistic sense especially upon stage. Such an incredible sense has been launched via this ep released upon April 26, 2017 finally, I'm so glad really.

Actually knocked out in a complete manner. Let me shout first of all that another King Crimson have come here. Strictly based upon jazz itself, they play complex songs of cadence like a precision music / rhythm machine with sound diversity. "Jamrika" or so reminds me of Tipographica or Unbeltipo, kinda avantgarde jazz rock. On the contrary, "Djentleman" is in the same vein of slush art metal, flooded with deeply metallic, complicated riffs and swift, grievous guitar crying. Thrilling fights amongst all instruments can be heard everywhere, and we the audience cannot listen with enough breathing until the last "Snowflakes" that features clean smooth jazz rock elements along with their magnificent instrumental skills and critical motivation.

It's a pity the debut 26 minute ep is not a full-length album but an intriguing alliance by the intensive trio should create this not only short but also impressive stuff. Cannot help keeping an 'ear' upon them from now on.

Thanks to dAmOxT7942 for the artist addition.

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