Thursday 21 May 2015

Review: Klone – 'Here Comes The Sun'

'Here Comes The Sun'

French psychedelic/progressive six-piece Klone unleash their seventh full-length studio album in the form of 'Here Comes The Sun'. The band may not be a common name on these shores but with a penchant for hard riffs and delicate ambience, the band will undoubtedly find common ground with fans of bands such as Anathema, Opeth, Gojira, and Porcupine Tree. Progressive rock meets atmospheric metal to create an ethereal yet visceral sound.

The album is a hard one to predict, just as you think you've got the measure of things they unleash a new trick, which is a nice change of pace from the rather static album structures that many bands choose to employ these days. Songs such as 'Immersion', 'Nebulous', 'Grim Dance', and utterly stunning 'The Last Experience' give the album its heavier credentials with some wonderful riffs, strong grooves, and brilliant vocal performances. But it is on tracks like 'The Drifter', 'Gleaming', 'Come Undone' and 'Summertime' where things get really interesting with nods to Pink Floyd coming through and the ethereal aspect of the band's sound comes front and centre.

The album has a nice, modern post-prog sound to it in the same style as the recent albums by Anathema where the mix creates a great sense of space in which the instruments reverberate and create a cavernous atmosphere.

This is a strong album that fans of prog/psychedelic bands will easily be able to get into. The band have blended elements of progressive rock, metal, grunge and a pop-friendly execution to create a rich and accessible tapestry. It is passionate, atmospheric and most of all, brilliantly executed. Lets hope it sees their stock rise further outside their homeland.  

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