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-sometimes like jazz guys too sissy to play metal properly, sometimes like metal guys too aggressive to play jazz properly

Indeed, KIDS EAT CRAYONS (KEC for short) could be described as a mixture of jazz and metal, but such a presumption won't pin the band's style(s) down. While a 'jazz metal' tag exists (and spreads) for more than fifteen years now, KEC are black sheeps in both worlds - but they could easily be embraced by musical fans from any sphere. Moreover, their eclecticism is delving deep into avan-garde, pop, rock, classical, reggae and so on - and not because of sake of being complex complex or unique. Their overall sound palette is cohesive, honest and energetic, in essence a true rock and roll: it's not surprising they had 'a punk energy' if we take into account their favourite type of metal is thrash metal.

Complementing the music are lyrics inspired by the twentieth century absurdist tradition. Kids Eat Crayons brings these disparate elements together to make an entirely new sound that is strangely accessible.

The roots of such a melange is in their intention to 'fuse their shared passions for acoustic jazz and thrash metal'* - and there are seven of them to contribute to the task: Jean-Philippe Major on vocals, Scott Kingsley on bass, Craig Sauvé on guitar, D. W. Lee on drums, David Ryshpan on piano and Steve Reid and Ben Henriques on saxophones (alto sax and tenor sax repectively).

This Montreal-based band had released their debut in September of 2007, on indenpendent label, with Colin Power on alto sax as a guest musician. The CD contains no inner sleeve.

Moris Mateljan, 2008. (italicized quotations taken from bands official website and myspace page)

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2.92 | 4 ratings
Is For Lovers
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Is For Lovers
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Review by Beautiful Scarlet

3 stars Reminds me of Egg's debut. There's potential on here and the music is rather unique, yet there are so many terrible moments it averages out to 3/5. Like the bio says KEC is a mix of jazz and metal which results in a nice blend between distorted passages and pretty jazz parts. It goes together rather well and the vocalists mixture of clean and metal vocals is quite pleasing at times. The tracks also flow into one another nicely, forming a cohesive album.

Those are the positives, the negatives are the music is to fast almost always. I wish the whole thing was like 5 bpms slower, sometimes less is more. Also the vocalist sings alot, sometimes the vocals don't add anything as the notes their singing are hideous. Again, less is more. Finally the instrumental ideas are not explored sufficiently.

Overall a solid debut with good ideas and a base from which to improve on.

Thanks to clarke2001 for the artist addition.

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