Tuesday, August 7, 2012

KLOGR: "Till You Decay"

Rating: RR
Label: Valery 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

KLOGR? Could you give us another vowel please? The name is appear/apparently a reference to the law of Weber-Fencher, developed in the second half of the 800's, which is obviously known as the fundamental psycho-physical relationship, duh! [S=K log R]. They would also like us to pronounce their band name as 'kay-log-are', but that's frankly no fun at all. It sounds more like the name of the dodgy lookin' alien in the background of any given episode of Star Wars. Or why not the tall, bald, striker, upfront with the Czech national football team? KLOOOGGGRRRRR!! Goaaaaallll!! Goal, Goal, Goal! KLOGR!

Ehem, whatever. The lads are playing alternative rock/metal and "Till You Decay" is basically a concept album based on "big brother" (not the reality show). According to their rock n roll statement, society is the puppet master who(m) controls, judges, and eventually suficates their citizens. Apocalyptic rock where the Italian/Americans are continuelly mixing it up with the odd Soundgarden groove and dropping hints of both Rage Against The Machine and Nine Inch Nails without ever stepping up to the plate to produce the perfect homerun.

The album contains the typical mid-nineties Grunge/Industrial staple ingredients, loud, crunchy guitars, pseudo vocals, and the sheer angst/energy of their aggressive bass-player. Lots of grooves and techincal riffing makes this a interesting album at first and the opening three tracks (Live Dying, Silk and Thorns, White Eyes) are all sort of cool and deadly fun. Each and every following track is however worse than previous song and dance number. They're all steeped in a similar mode and it's difficult to tell them apart in the end. It's a shame really as enjoy the style of KLOGR and here's hoping next effort will impress the crap outta' the world.

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