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KLONE originate from Poitiers, France, where the band's core consisting of vocalist David, Guillaume on guitars, Julien on bass and drummer Laurent had met in 1995 and begun to amalgamate all their many influences like MESHUGGAH, PORCUPINE TREE, CORONER, DEVIN TOWNSEND, OPETH, TOOL, ISIS, APHEX TWIN, BJÖRK and NEUROSIS into their own musical identity. They were still fast evolving when guitarist Mika and Matthieu Metzger operating wind midi controller & samples joined the fold in 1999. KLONE was born. From this time on the French have devoted themselves to explore the depths of experimental songwriting. During the next four years, they worked on finding their own sound and developing a very personal style.


Out of the shadows and into the limelight. It was to be. In 2010, KlONE released their fourth album, "Black Days", dark and powerful. 5 years later, "Here Comes The Sun", the seventh production by the combo from Poitiers, shows a radiant band whose music has soared as much as it has grown.

When you look closely at their discography, it's a logical evolution: each KlONE album is unique, each one less predictable than its predecessor. Their metal roots may have given way to an ethereal rock but the intensity of their songs, led by the voice of Yann LIGNER, stays the same.

From gigs to tours throughout Europe, KlONE have opened for bands such as GOJIRA, KING'S X, and ORPHANED LAND and have stood on the main-stage of the Hellfest.


After releasing the sublime "The Dreamer's Hideaway" in 2012, with more progressive outlines, the six musicians today offer a new journey, more captivating and meditative than ever. In "Here Comes the Sun", KlONE gives each melody time to unfold. The music, the lyrics and the artwork echo each other and lead the listener to a peculiar universe where the sun is the central theme. "Here Comes The Sun" gives a whole new dimension to what KlONE has offered before. It's an album tinged with the lingering shadows of STEVEN WILSON, ANATHEMA or PINK FLOYD.


The band continue to display their atmospheric and introspective rock with their new album "Le Grand Voyage" under the label Kscope. Their music is Heavy Prog, because it's not possible to classified this band in any style of music from rock, to alternative and metal.

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Duplicate
2003
3.08 | 5 ratings
All Seing Eye
2008
3.40 | 5 ratings
Black Days
2010
3.75 | 8 ratings
The Dreamer's Hideaway
2012
4.13 | 12 ratings
Here Come the Sun
2015
4.50 | 4 ratings
Unplugged
2017
4.08 | 37 ratings
Le Grand Voyage
2019

KLONE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.48 | 3 ratings
Alive
2021

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KLONE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 3 ratings
High Blood Pressure
2004
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Eye of Needle
2011

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 Le Grand Voyage by KLONE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.08 | 37 ratings

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Le Grand Voyage
Klone Heavy Prog

Review by mental_hygiene

3 stars Le Grand Voyage has (as of this review, 8/22/21) seriously climbed the 2019 charts. With the promise of anathema-esque atmospheric and metallic rock, I've given this record two focused listens. Klone has recently taken off in popularity, so it was probably a matter of time before their records started entering the PA charts. What's held within the 46 minute runtime is a collection of tightly produced atmospheric songs. It's weirdly almost ambient for how heavy it is (although I contend, this isn't really that heavy of an album).

Le grand voyage opens with an ominous thunderstorm and a churning guitar riff, evoking a sense of heavy atmosphere. Yonder is extremely drenched with reverb. The first bit of distorted guitar opens with some disjoint and soft piano. The vocals are really processed, something I wish wasn't the case but I can't deny how the chorus of this song soars. It's interesting how the breakdown mirrors the djent style of breakdowns except at an incredibly slow pace.

Breach follows the same path as yonder, an equally epic and atmospheric song. There's a really playful bassline during the verses that really gives the droning nature of these songs a bit of active kick. This song is a bit more repetitive than Yonder, but it's still got a lot of tricks hidden up its sleeve that distinguishes it from atmospheric alt rock. Sadly, it ends without much fanfare, which was a huge disappointment because I was expecting more to develop from it.

Sealed is a bit more mysterious, with some really deliciously buttery harmonies. At the risk of sounding indistinct, the songs on this album are nearly ambient with how thick and textural the guitars are. This song ends a bit better than the last, but it still feels like these songs hold the same arc for better or worse. It feels like they all have an even dynamic hump, going up and down.

Indelible opens with some jangly slow guitar. I like the post-rock guitar textures on this song that almost mimic a string section at their most atmospheric. There's a beautiful synth solo in this song that almost dances around the stereo field. About midway through, there's a break into a more clear riff and some of the more apparent and active drumwork on this album. And surprise, there's a sax solo layered in here. I actually really enjoy how they developed this song.

Keystone opens with a rhythmic and open sounding guitar riff, sort of like the last one. This song has a more stripped back feel, almost reminiscant of the more mellow later-era tool songs. There's a really surprising harmony that gives this song a real kick that I enjoy. Not as much, however, as the real kick later in the song. This has the kind of terminal climax that I was expecting more from on this record.

Hidden Passenger is another mellow song, one that I find myself unable to describe without repeating myself. There's a really cool harmony guitar part before one of the choruses that is quite beautiful to hear.

The Great Oblivion changes the pace of this record by opening with some seriously heavy chords. The rising guitar counter-line is really nice as well. This is one of the more active songs on here. It has a lot of fuel to it that really pushes it forward. The rhythm guitar gets choppier midway through, complimented by some pretty chromatic harmonies that contrast well with the atmospheric bleariness. This has the most technical sounding moments, and its really tight.

Sad and Slow really sums up this album, doesn't it? I cannot resist, it's an easy target for sure. This isn't the mellowest song on here by far, if anything the drums are quite pummeling.

Silver gate continues the same trend to a bit of disappointment on my end. There really isn't a finale to this record, it just keeps going. It catches the vibe quite well, but it feels like it's missing out on making a statement of any sort.

My biggest problem with this album is that it seems to just drone on. I heard maybe 3 distinct songs on this record. The best parts were songs like Yonder and The Great Oblivion, these songs really felt like they were taking me on a great journey. For the most part, though, the songs on this record are stagnant. The vocal delivery is practically the same the whole way through, and the lyrics just seemed vague and uninteresting with little exception. If you're a fan of Anathema and maybe some of the more mellow offerings of atmospheric metal, you'll probably vibe with this record. Ultimately, this came off as a rather generic album. It's not bad, not at all, but the talents of Klone feel wasted by how much this drags. The reverb never changes, the tempos are mostly the same, the rhythm guitar can be downright boring at times, and the ultimate effect is an album that's not for impatient listeners.

 Le Grand Voyage by KLONE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.08 | 37 ratings

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Le Grand Voyage
Klone Heavy Prog

Review by tempest_77

3 stars Le Grand Voyage has climbed to the top of the 2019 charts recently with less than 50 ratings, and given that I'd never heard of Klone before, I wanted to check the album out to see what the deal was. The band's sound on this album reminds me a lot of Anathema, in that it's a formal metal band turned to atmospheric crossover prog/post-rock. Unfortunately, I wouldn't quite say they are as successful as Anathema in making that kind of music sound interesting. That being said, the second half of the album is significantly stronger than the first, and standout tracks include Keystone, The Great Oblivion, and Silver Gate. If the whole album were as strong as these tracks, it would be an easy four stars from me, but it starts out very weak and takes until about 20 minutes to pick up an energy. I don't want to fully discredit it, seeing as the production is very good and the band are very clearly competent songwriters, even if this album isn't exactly the most musically exciting. 3/5 stars?it's not a bad album persay, but I wouldn't exactly say it warrants another listen.
 Alive by KLONE album cover Live, 2021
4.48 | 3 ratings

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Alive
Klone Heavy Prog

Review by alainPP

4 stars Klone is the group from Poitou which started to live in 2003 and had fun finding their style of music between Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Paradise Lost and Tool for heaviness. Snatches of Riverside, Pink Floyd or Anathema will gradually integrate into the sound already well supplied with ethereal musical lines, in crescendo and with an intensity coming from Yann's strong voice.

Their latest opus '' Le Grand Voyage '' as well as the penultimate '' Here Comes The Sun '' are greatly represented on this live of more than 80 minutes (a live when the pandemic recedes, when the theaters will reopen ), '' Yonder '' and the always floydien '' Breach '' very captivating, '' The Last Experience '' for a diabolical crescendo hold the string; two tracks from "The Dreamer's Hideaway" as well as three from "Black Days" including a Bjork cover finish filling the "Alive" set-list. Specifically, the start is on the last one released in the studio and you may feel like you are just recording; cold, intense, bewitching, ethereal, metallic, explosive, enjoyable atmosphere, just that. The titles invite you to travel, to contemplate, a captivating moment between shadow and light; a great snub to covid which has prevented many festivities and which will hopefully come to an end; for the record it was Klone that I saw in concert just before the sudden end of the demonstrations last year, it is with this "Alive" that the venues reopen and that I tell you to go see them.

Klone makes atmo rock on a heavy prog trend at the border of genres and does it well, Klone releases this live for those who still fear gatherings, Klone makes travel so go with them to stay in the musical layers.

 Le Grand Voyage by KLONE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.08 | 37 ratings

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Le Grand Voyage
Klone Heavy Prog

Review by alainPP

5 stars 7th album of the French KLONE with an unplugged in their discography which begins to grow. KLONE or the psyche-hard-ambient-alternative group; KLONE or the group which manages to skillfully mix post- rock with metal-prog, dark-pop also at times! A little Steve WILSON, a little ANATHEMA, a little catchy new wave and you have all the ingredients to travel far.

Yann has a bewitching and captivating voice, Aldrick and Guillaume combine perfectly to give a heavy, unhealthy and catchy atmosphere; the basic rhythm allows the different tracks to give the best of themselves. Some titles are particularly striking, namely the first 4 including "Yonder", "Breach", "Sealed" with hellish rhythm that makes you go very far and prevent you from coming back to earth; Matthieu with his synths is also for many, giving a depressive, tragic, monolithic sound. After the following titles have a little taste of coming back to it, of already heard, a lack of intensity somewhere, but it's good, heavier, more depressive, darker, more bewitching; it is with the "Silver Gate" that all the intensity of the departure returns with a bang, giving the end of this album a dramatic sound; heavy, heavy, KLONE which will remain as one of the most beautiful slaps of the year.

The French group to follow, which stands out over the listening of the great ANATHEMA, PARADISE LOST, hovering dark prog of good quality.

 Alive by KLONE album cover Live, 2021
4.48 | 3 ratings

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Alive
Klone Heavy Prog

Review by Michael919

5 stars Powerful and Very Worthwhile Spin

In the final months of my previous life, in the distant, "before-times", AKA BC (Before Covid), I listened to the last two studio albums by Klone a lot. They were frequent company during my daily commute. Was that a dream?

I moved onto other music in my deep, sanity-saving, prog dive of the past many months.

I saw this new, live, Klone album come up for new releases and gave it a few consecutive, very careful spins. It hit me quite hard, partially due to the context described above, but also because it is very good. Very good.

Through the first part of the opening track, Yonder, I was thinking that this is just going to be an uneventful, accurate, restatement of the studio albums, but then singer Yann Ligner let his voice start to fade long notes into distant, death yells, seamlessly. It was subtle and infrequent, but it was perfect. I'm not a fan of that style of singing, although I'm starting to "get it" a little now that I've let Opeth and Cult of Luna enter my consciousness. It sounded really good in this opener! It helps that Yann is probably one of the finest singers today.

Ok, now that you have my attention, Klone, where is this ride going to go? I'm giving you an hour, show me.

I had tried listening to earlier Klone, but I couldn't get past the death yell screams that were completely absent from the last two albums that I loved. It looks like I missed out. This album leans heavily on the last two albums (primarily Here Come the Sun), but it scatters in several songs from the previous two, heavier albums. What a great introduction to these new to me tracks where the death yells were tastefully interspersed and quite infrequent. I may need to visit those albums now.

The tracks from the last two albums were played quite truthful to the studio versions, but with a rough edge and more aggression, sometimes due to the heavier or more distorted guitar or bass, sometimes due to heavier drums, and often due to Yann's mastery of his voice and him frequently riding right on the edge of pure aggression (case in point, last few minutes of Nebulous).

The track selection and order in this recording are perfection. The songs flow and take you many places through various soundscapes, from dreamy to crushing heavy, but always with a deep, emotional, melancholy.

There's something a little different about this band and this album is a great representation and it would be a good introduction to the band. The guitars are very clean for a heavy band and the percussion is often sublte and complex (think Tool's Danny Carrey). The guitars from the the albums before those are more distorted and more metal somewhat, but still pretty light on the gain. The use of seven string guitars or heavily drop-tuned guitars contributes to the heaviness on most songs and makes up for the lower-gain sound. The earlier Klone tracks remind me of Riverside at times. On this live album there are also some subtle keys and atmospherics that vary a little from the studio albums and make things a little more interesting.

Klone covers a lot of themes, moods and styles, but they all flow together very well with a unique sound of their own. It's all weaved together by a tight and powerful rhythm section playing an interesting, blended style and some of the best vocals you will ever hear.

This album will deeply satisfy a Klone fan, but I suspect it would be very well appreciated by any fans of heavy prog. For me, personally, it's the other life bookend of this surreal past 15 months. A bookend different from the other. Hardened, tougher, changed, yet sensitive and evolved.

I can't give this one 4 stars and there is no 4.6, so it is a 5 for me.

 Here Come the Sun by KLONE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.13 | 12 ratings

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Here Come the Sun
Klone Heavy Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars 10% 1976 BLUE 'YSTER CULT, 10% 1990 THE CURE ~1990, 20% FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM around 2004, and 60% 1992 ALICE IN CHAINS, Klone represents a very welcome if nostalgic musical hybrid all blended very much into a progressive rock package. I can only imagine the awesome power this band must pack live in concert as lead singer Yann Linger's voice must surely fill any auditorium! Even in "softer" songs like "Nebulous"--no, maybe more in softer songs like "Nebulous"--Yann's LAYNE STALEY-like voice stands out as the main attraction. It is not often that one comes across that kind of commanding presence in a front man, but Yann Linger has it--just as Layne Staley had it. (In my humble opinion, Staley was probably the most distinctive, central representative of the 1990's "grunge" movement--yes, even more than Eddie Vedder or Kurt Cobain.)

Here Comes the Sun flows with such addictive power that one cannot help but want to hear more once one has started. Just a great sound, top to bottom, with the addition of a great saxophone player and great sound engineering and production. This is surely one of the gems of 2015! It simply must be listened to in order to be believed!

Five star songs: 4. "The Drifter" (6:13) (10/10); the ALICE IN CHAINS-like 8. "Come Undone" (4:25) (10/10); 1. "Immersion" (5:11) (9/10); "Grim Dance" (5:27) (9/10), and; the instrumental 6. "Gleaming" (2:53) (9/10).

Four star songs: 9. "The Last Experience" (7:18) (8/10); 5. "Nebulous" (5:53) (8/10); 2. "Fog" (4:48), and; the POLICE "Messsage in a Bottle"-like "Gone Up in Flames" (3:59) (8/10).

B/four stars; a great contribution of progressive rock music.

 Le Grand Voyage by KLONE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.08 | 37 ratings

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Le Grand Voyage
Klone Heavy Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

5 stars What can I say about "Le Grand Voyage"?

My absolute favourite album of 2019, and one of the finest prog records of the last decade, with a marvellous mixture of ambient-psychedelic-alternative rock with a pinch of metal incredibly catchy and with an outstanding and very strong song writing which makes that this album has absolutely no fillers.

Every song is a travel itself, and every one of them has something to say!

The production is also very good, rather simple and direct, but with a pristine representation of what this band wanted to make in this indispensable record which is an absolute success.

Best Tracks: like I said, this album has no fillers... But Yonder (incredible vocals from Yann Linger hear), Breath (just sit, relax and enjoy) and Hidden Passenger (incredible rhythm changes) are among the best.

My rating: *****

 All Seing Eye by KLONE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.08 | 5 ratings

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All Seing Eye
Klone Heavy Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "All Seeing Eye" is the 2nd full-length studio album by French alternative metal act Klone. The album was released through Season of Mist in February 2008. Itīs been quite a few years since the release of the bandīs debut album "Duplicate (2003)", but the band released the "High Blood Pressure" EP in 2004 to bridge the gap between the two full-length studio albums. Still a 4 year wait between releases from an act that at this point werenīt established yet is a pretty long wait.

In the case of Klone, theyīve spend those years honing their creative songwriting craft and playing skills and if I wasnīt impressed (which I was) by their early releases, Iīm impressed now. Klone is a very well playing act and especially the skillfully executed and varied vocals by Yann Ligner elevate the bandīs music to a very high level. The music on "All Seeing Eye" continues the alternative and sometimes progressive metal style of the bandīs early releases, but the tracks are predominantly more clearly vers/chorus defined than before. References to acts like Gojira (Joe Duplantier guests on the title track) and A Perfect Circle are still valid enough, but other than taking some cues from those acts Klone donīt really live up to their name.

The material are genereally of a high quality. Memorable and catchy, but complex enough to entertain all the way through the albumīs 54:54 minutes long playing time. Most tracks are around 3 - 4 minutes long, and as mentioned above vers/chorus structured, but usually featuring a couple of progressive tinged sections to spice things up. "Commonplace" and especially the 12:17 minutes long closing track "Nighttime" stand out because of the longer playing time and in the case of the latter (which actually ends after 9 minutes only to return after a couple of minutes of silence), the band focus on progressive playing and ideas.

"All Seeing Eye" is all in all a very strong release by Klone. Excellent musicianship, intriguing songwriting ideas and a powerful and organic sound production which suits the music well. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

(Review originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 High Blood Pressure by KLONE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
3.00 | 3 ratings

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High Blood Pressure
Klone Heavy Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "High Blood Pressure" is an EP release by French alternative metal act Klone. The EP bridges the gap between the bandīs first two full-length studio albums "Duplicate (2003)" and "All Seeing Eye (2008)". "High Blood Pressure" was released through Klonosphčre in 2004. Itīs an enhanced CD featuring six studio tracks, one live track and a live video of "Blessed Are the Blind" from "Duplicate (2003)".

The music on the EP is an experimental form of alternative metal with nods toward acts like Gojira, Alice in Chains, and A Perfect Circle. They play both heavy angular riffing in odd time signatures and more atmospheric and melodic ideas. Lead vocalist Yann Ligner is an incredibly skilled vocalist who delivers both raw shouting vocals (but always retain a melodic sensibility) and more subdued clean vocals. Usually sung with harmonies underneath.

The material are generally varied and well composed. Itīs the kind of release where you are always kept on your toes because Klone like to introduce new ideas and sections at just the right moments during the tracks to keep them interesting throughout. There is usually a vers/chorus skeleton applied to the tracks but Klone skillfully enhance the tried and true formula. One of the things that works really well on "High Blood Pressure" are the tasteful samples and keyboards courtesy of Matthieu Metzger. They are actually not heard that often, but when he adds something to the soundscape it matters greatly for the atmosphere of that section of the track. The rest of the band are very well playing too and there is generally a great organic quality to the playing that suits the music well.

The sound production is powerful, clear, and detailed. It has to be mentioned how great it is to hear a bass so clearly in the mix on a metal release even though it doesnīt dominate the soundscape. The songwriting is actually the only thing the band could improve on this release. The EP starts out really strong with "Home" and the more raw "Introspection", but there are a couple of the tracks that follow that donīt stand out as much. Itīs nothing too serious and "High Blood Pressure" is still a high quality release, but this was still very early in the bandīs career and a few minor compositional issues are to be expected. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved. Great release this one.

(Review originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

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