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Post Rock/Math rock

3.54 | 26 ratings

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4 stars Excellent post-rock from a young and talented musician!

So it is good to see that inside ProgArchives forums there are not only members who write reviews or help the site in a different way, but there are also members who have a musical talent which is shared to all of us. One of PA members is the man behind this project called Krobak, a man from Ukraine who i am sure will give something to talk about in the next years.

The Diary of the Missed One is his first CD (not EP or split) and was released last year, i knew this album via lastfm, and i enjoy it every time i listen to it. This album has only 3 but long songs and a total time of almost 47 minutes full of excellent post rock oriented stuff.

The first song is entitled Park Luny which lasts 11 minutes and is actually the shortest track, the album is completely instrumental and is played all by Igor Sidorenko, so it is a one man project which shows more the talent of Krobak. This is a very nice opening theme, the music is progressing gradually, it has a great introduction and after a couple of minutes some bass lines enter, followed by those experimental and clearly post rock guitars, as background there will be always a sample programming, and the emotional element is always shown in some moments, mainly with the guitars, reminding me a bit to EitS. The second part of the song shows a louder guitar playing and maybe a heavier style, pretty good song.

The second track is By the Music of Autumn Trees, with a total time of almost 15 minutes, and it is not the longest track yet. Ite begins with a soft and delicate guitar playing, which actually is what predominates in the first part of this track, the music may be labelled as soft post rock, or even ambient due to the sound and atmospheres created here. You can close your eyes and feel relaxed, you are listening to some calm, tranquil and nice music. Then, there is clearly a kind of an interlude and the song changes a little bit, though the calm atmosphere prevails and continues, after minute 9 it begins to progress and it raises until minute 11 when the music is louder, bass , guitars and drums appear and make great music with an emotional ending.

The longest track and last one of the album is named The Fried Bull's Blues and lasts 21 long minutes, a true epic of post rock music. The first minutes show only some ambient/electronic noises that reminds me a bit to Biosphere or Schulze's moments, then guitars appears making a repetitive but hypnotic sound that will last several minutes but during those minutes some other instruments and noises appear, the song is progressing little by little, then those guitar lines become bass lines and the song goes on the same way until minute 8 where it becomes heavier, like post-metal, some may say. Then at the half of the song it changes again, it slows down and the work of a distorted guitar begins and then drums get on the song too, and it is like a new song that again begins a bit simple but throughout the minutes it progresses and some new noises or effects appear. The last part of the song, simply fades out. To be honest, this is my least favourite track of the album, i believe there are some moments that may not be as interesting as on the previous 2 songs, anyways is a nice song.

Congratulations to Igor for this album, which is great without a doubt, but i believe as the years go by, he will find his magnus opus.

My grade is 4 stars! Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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