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King Crimson


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4 stars King Crimson reunited after another lengthy break and they sounded better than ever!

The band took a wise hiatus during the second half of the '80s and returned to some excellent music making in the new decade. The fact that King Crimson was not around during the two influential eras of Punk, in the late '70s, and Grunge, in the early '90s, makes them quite a unique band that managed to overcome those periods with relative ease. Of course the new decade called for new sounds and the band weren't the ones to disappoint in that department. The early sounds of this EP's title track proved that King Crimson had, once again, managed to be ahead of their peers by creating some of the best music restrained only by technological limitations of the time.

The opening number is a combination of VROOOM and Coda: Marine 475, minus the vocals, from the follow up studio album. This track alone gives a very good representation of the music that we could expect from the band in the years to come, featuring mechanical soundscapes that would even put the Industrial Metal artists to shame! The next two tracks, titled Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream and Cage, are easily the highlights of this EP where the former is, from what I can tell, a carbon copy of its studio album version while Cage is highly enjoyable short tune that unfortunately wasn't included on the studio album.

We get a much longer version of THRAK which does in fact sound very long and loses its charm just around the mark where the studio take was so wisely trimmed. When I Say Stop, Continue is an atmospheric improve number that doesn't really appeal to me much and it's a definite black sheep of this compilation. Finally we get a softer side of the band with a shorter single version of One Time which closes the EP on a nice note that probably made people even more excited about the upcoming studio album.

Overall, VROOOM was basically THRAK in a nut shell. The EP might not have featured all of the hidden secrets that would later be uncovered on the much longer studio release but it did give us enough information of what to expect from the band later on in their career.

***** star songs: Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream (4:42) Cage (1:35)

**** star songs: VROOOM (7:16) THRAK (7:18) One Time (4:28)

*** star songs: When I Say Stop, Continue (5:18)

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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