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The Reign of Kindo


Crossover Prog

4.64 | 20 ratings

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Andy Webb
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5 stars Its beauty scares me.

As a debut EP, this album is fantastic. As you can see in some of the other albums, there is no overbearing pop element in the music, which allows the many other influences to blossom within the music. The album has fantastic continuity, with each track flowing in and out of each other as one epic 20+ minute track (that's how I see it!)

Set The Stage, Cue the Music is purely an intro, and there isn't much to say, other than with the preliminary piano, you can tell the album will. The song flawlessly fades into the next track, feeding the continuity of the album.

Needle & Thread is a fantastic track. The prominent jazz influence mixed with the blues-rock influence really makes this song fun and creative. Rhythms and melodies are at their best, as are all the many layered effects on the guitars, giving the track a subtle psychedelic feel, also.

Hard to Believe is essentially a Jazz Rock song. The intro makes not only a great Reign of Kindo song but would also make a fantastic Dave Brubeck song! The guitar and vocal melody work is fantastic, almost reminiscent of some Spock's Beard work (but only slightly). Another great track, adding to this great masterpiece.

Just Wait is not only the best song on this album, but also the best song the band has written so far, hands down, no argument. The song is just fantastic. So much is running through this song. The Jazz is obvious, but subtle influences such as reggae, soul, pop and even a little bit of classic prog could be found in the song, along with so much more. What a great track!

Do You Realize is a much slower and more majestic song than its predecessors. It focuses more on melodic beauty than anything else.

One Man Paradise is a beautiful closer. It really relaxes you thoroughly as you listen to it. Vocal melody and piano work are superb, as is the rest of the track.

ALBUM OVERALL: What a fantastic debut. The EP combines everything good about The Reign of Kindo. So many influences and feels are in this short little recording session. Its beauty really does scare me: in a really good way, of course! No doubt this is a masterpiece of music. 5 stars.

Andy Webb | 5/5 |


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