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CHROMIUM

Talisma

 

Crossover Prog

4.23 | 56 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars This very good Canadian band offered us again a fine album with the release of "Chromium". Somewhat similar to their debut "Corpus" in a way.

The overall mood is strongly KC oriented: their music is complex but not too technical (although the guitar play is quite frenetic at times). The great opener ''Owhat'' is definitely playing in these territories and it is a real killer. It is of course difficult to confirm after such a flamboyant start.

With such a title, ''Dementia'' is a weird track: it takes off quite gently and then bubbles into a crazy and jazzy explosion. The good feel is prolonged during ''Leviosa''. I bet that if you would submit this song to KC fans, they might well believe that this is an unreleased song from the masters. Same virtuosity, same oppressive and heavy feel. Scary as well.

There are little information related to this band over the net (I got half a page of info on their label's web-site: Unicorn through Google Canada) and I wonder if they tour or not. It would be highly interesting to discover them live, although their sophisticated music probably need a lot of production since they are only three to play. To reproduce these sounds, they couldn't do that on stage with only the three of them.

Anyway, the fine experience lasts for about the whole length of the album. I have never been a KC die-hard fan, but ''Talisma'' is more accessible to my ears, even though their music here is fully instrumental (which was almost the case for their debut as well).

If you like intricate music with some jazzy feel, the title track opens its arms and welcomes you. You are where you need to be. The discreet keys work in the background might well be submerged by the powerful guitar, it still adds a lot of body.

As KC in their early days, there are as well full symphonic moments available (even spacey in this case). The beautiful ''Nébuleuse'' is even TD oriented! I would have wished it to be a little longer though! Some nice feel as well for the sweet, but technically complex ''Inversion''.

A track as ''Cumulus'' is also welcome to break these heavy lines at times. Again, some Floydean passages for a brief moment. The band investigates some Eastern sounds during the well named ''Hindi''. It is a highly dynamic and inspired piece of music which almost closes this album. This honour belongs to the madrigal ''Double''.

Four stars for this interesting album. This band would deserve more exposure IMHHO.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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