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KUMM

Crossover Prog • Romania


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Kumm are a Romanian rock band from Cluj. The band is composed of Catalin Mocan (lead vocals, guitar), Eugen Nutescu (guitar, vocals), Iordache (saxophones), Kovacs Andras (piano, Rhodes piano, synthesisers), Sorin Erhan (bass) and Csergo Dominic (drums, glockenspiel). Since 1998, the band have released four studio albums.

Kumm's debut album "Moonsweat March" appeared in 2000. It was well received, especially in the art-rock and prog-rock communities. With the second album, "Confuzz" (2002), and new lead singer Dan Byron, the band definitely crossed the line into alternative rock territory. "Angels & Clowns"(2005) was the band's first release on the Italian label Cramps Records, and found the band experimenting with electronics and baritone sax. The album's release was followed by two Italian tours.

In 2005 Kumm attempted their first tour of Germany, and met their current manager Anja Strub, who went on to organize the band's next European tours. Later that year, singer Dan Byron left the band.

Kumm started rehearsing with singer Catalin Mocan ( formerly of Persona) and composed the material for their fourth album, which was released in 2006. "Different Parties", the band's most adventurous and daring album to date, mixed Mocan's soaring vocals with brutal guitar and saxophone riffs and lushly arranged strings and woodwinds. In 2007, Kumm celebrated their first ten years with a concert at the Bucharest National Opera House, amongst their former band mates and Romania's most interesting rock bands (Timpuri Noi, Luna Amara, ZOB, Travka, The Mood). As a friendly gesture, each one of them played one song by Kumm.

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3.40 | 5 ratings
Moonsweat March
2000
2.21 | 5 ratings
Confuzz
2002
3.00 | 5 ratings
Angels & Clowns
2005
2.75 | 4 ratings
Different Parties
2006
2.80 | 5 ratings
Far From Telescopes
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
A Mysterious Place Called Somewhere
2014

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3.00 | 3 ratings
Yellow Fever
2003

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2.21 | 5 ratings

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Kumm Crossover Prog

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

2 stars I would hesitate to apply the label "progressive rock" to this album, which consists of decent pop songs. The first two tracks are excellent, and the final two tracks are rather good, but my interest in the album wanes constantly during everything in between.

"Bara Bara Gol Gol" The album kicks off with a nice groove courtesy of gritty guitar and subdued saxophone. The vocals are more like a Romanian rap, and the pace and feel of the song reminds me of OMC's fun hit "How Bizarre."

"Aievea" Light electric guitar fed through a phase effect and a sputtering bass riff introduces this second song. It has an easygoing vibe and very pleasant vocals. I find myself really liking this one, especially with the laidback vocal melody and the major-seventh chords on the rhythm guitar.

"1000 De Chipuri" A quirky yet simple accordion and saxophone riff eventually brings in heavy guitar and almost shouted vocals.

"Vorbe-n Vant" This is a gentler track that offers clean guitar and a conspicuous bass. While dull, this song remains inoffensive and quite smooth.

"Miez De Zi" Another solid yet lackluster track, this does have a somewhat stripped-down Echolyn sound that appeals to me.

"La La La" Constantly distorted vocals and a grating guitar make for a tedious track that's tough to listen to. Honestly, it sounds horrible.

"Suna-ma" The band changes pace and lets loose with some ska, a breath of variety that does the album well.

"Cain" A funky bass riff underlies a deep vocal on this song, which has some heavier moments. Again, this is nothing remarkable, but nothing awful either.

"The Mirror and the Window" Kumm adopts the English language for the remainder of the album (with accents that one could dub "the Eloy effect"). The song, relying heavily on brass, has a bit of a Chicago feel.

"New Old Day" Pleasing guitar with a delightful saxophone riff hanging out serves the vocals well, but the thin distortion of the electric guitar robs it of this grace every time it rears its ugly head.

"Nighflight" A mechanical noise through a flange effect ushers in an intriguing riff and accompanying vocal melody. The brass adds a satisfying effect in between verses.

"After the End of the World" After a distant guitar introduction, a straightforward beat comes in alongside an electronic tone. It almost sounds like a Sting song, particularly with respect to the vocals.

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