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2 stars The Finnish band CMX have actually never made music you would immediately recognize as Progressive Metal. Usually they rock hard & loud even with some Metal flavour, and some albums are more or less progressive, that's all. Hardly any other subgenre here would be more precise, if not Prog Related. As their most popular, especially in the mid-90's, they have made quite accessible rock - even pop with softer elements - emphasizing on poetic lyrics of bassist-vocalist A. W. Yrjänä. Some of the most dedicated fans are starry-eyed, female university students studying Finnish literature; this theory is backed by my personal relationship history and a TV programme on literature, in which Yrjänä, active also as a book author, was interviewed by such persons whose admiration really shone from their eyes. I wonder if those academic girls enjoy THIS music...

This is how they started as young men locating in Northern Finland: raw, fast hardcore punk with very brief and burst-like songs. Guitar, bass and drums being the only instruments. This is so over the top that it becomes sort of amusing and humorous to listen to at least once, even if you normally hate punk. You can do it yourself in YouTube. I couldn't find the three tracks with English titles. I didn't even know they have done something in English too. The biting sound could be considerd as a more hardcore follower to the earlier Finnish cult band Hassisen Kone.

The earliest CMX releases, such as this very first one, were EP's that have become very rare. The CD called Kolmikärki Gold (2002) contains the longplay Kolmikärki (1989), this EP and another EP Raivo (1989).

Matti | 2/5 |


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