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US band KADDISFLY was formed in 2001 by Christopher Ruff (vocals, piano), Aaron Tollefson (guitars), Beau Kuther (drums, percussion) and Kile Brewer (bass, vocals), taking their name from a small, moth-like insect.

They were an active live band right from the onset, and for the 6 years that followed Kaddisfly were constantly gigging. But in between various local, regional and national tours they found their way into the recording studio as well, and must be regarded as a rather productive outfit.

Their first recording was the limited edition EP Honorable Mention from 2001, followed by a second EP Humania in 2002. Their full length album debut Did You Know People Can Fly? followed in 2003. After this album Kaddisfly were signed to Hopeless records, and they also expanded from 4 to 5 regular members with the inclusion of Kelsey Kuther (guitars, percussion).

Their label debut and first effrt as a 5-piece came in the shape of Buy Our Intention; We'll Buy You a Unicorn in 2005, and in 2006 the EP The Four Seasons was next out from this hard working outfit. And in 2007 it was time for their third full length effort, Set Sail the Prairie.

Towards the end of 2007 Kaddisfly took a short break, due to Kuther requiring surgery. In February 2008 they were back on the road and the studio again, gigging hard and working on their next album. In the summer of 2008 Kile Brewer quit the band though, an amiable split caused by Brewer's decision to move on with his personal life. For the next few months Kaddisfly kept a low profile, and towards the end of the year the remaining quartet announced that Kaddisfly was on hold, and that they would be concentrating on their new band Water & Bodies.


Olav M. Björnsen, April 2010

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3.00 | 4 ratings
Did You Know People Can Fly?
3.25 | 4 ratings
Buy Our Intention; We'll Buy You a Unicorn
3.29 | 5 ratings
Set Sail the Praire
3.33 | 3 ratings
Horses Galloping on Sailboats

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4.00 | 2 ratings
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The Four Seasons


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 Set Sail the Praire by KADDISFLY album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.29 | 5 ratings

Set Sail the Praire
Kaddisfly Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars KADDISFLY are an American band who play a modern style of music much like COHEED & CAMBRIA and MUSE. This album is their most popular although there are dividing opinions on this one. Very much a love/hate album in fact. I hear people calling this recording overblown, pretentious and redundant. It must be progressive then right ? Haha. It's an almost 70 minute concept album that is a 12 month journey around the world with each song insprired by a different country. So there's a different month beside each track and there's 14 tracks because the summer and winter solstice are each are represented by a short piece.

"Summer Solstice" opens with the sounds of someone lighting a fire then the guitar and vocals come in. "Campfire" features aggressive vocals and guitar as drums pound.It settles 2 1/2 minutes in and then builds. Good song. "Waves" opens with drums as sounds echo. Reserved vocals join in and then it gets fuller. Great sound before 3 minutes followed by a disappointing section. "Harbour" is kind of spacey as sounds echo. It kicks in but settles quickly when the vocals arrive. It does pick back up as vocals continue. It's jazzy late with piano then it turns heavy. "Birds" is cool with the reserved vocals and that powerful undercurrent. Female vocal melodies late. "Clouds" kicks in right away with vocals.

"Empire" is catchy and we get some piano 3 minutes in. "Winter Solstice" is a short piece of reserved vocals, piano and light drums. "Snowflakes" is nice and heavy. It settles before a minute with vocals as contrasts continue. "Via Rail" opens with the sound of a train going by. Vocals are MUSE-like here. "Silk Road" is laid back with vocals before kicking in around a minute. "Mercury" opens with some atmosphere as drums come in then guitar and reserved vocals. It gets fuller. Good tune. Drums get a good workout on "Clockwork". Instrumentally this reminds me of the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. "Forest" is the over 11 minute closer. It kicks in before a minute. Settles around 4 1/2 minutes. Some crazy guitar after 8 minutes.

A good album and if your into concept albums there's lots of lyrics to check out in the liner notes. This is well done but too long, and besides it's not really the style of music I like. My daughter is a fan though.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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