Klone | ‘The Eye Of The Needle’
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – and now more than ever, it’s true. As a format for the quality composition and subsequent enjoyment of music, the humble EP rules.
This time the plaudits go to french band Klone – and band who, far from the madding crowd, are creating some of the coolest future-metal going.
This isn’t said lightly. If it’s any recommendation to pick up this little gem, I’ve spent literally countless hours replaying and replaying these three tracks. They are superb.
Klone have the kind of sound that a few years ago I would have said was Swiss. Sort of like Knut or Nostromo as a base register, with that added inventiveness that comes from, let’s face it, being metallically isolated.
Yet Klone aren’t Swiss. They’re French. And if they keep on making music of this quality, they could be the next Gojira.
It’s a class thing. Klone’s pieces are just so effortless sounding, so heavy, otherworldly, melodically satisfying and so clearly the product of a band of vision – they just have class, in abundance.
‘In The Eye Of The Needle Pt 1’ will recall to many listeners the vocal style of Porcupine Tree’s Stephen Wilson, and of course there’s a small musical debt there too.
More often though one’s reminded of other hidden gem bands to whom no proper attention is ever given – the likes of Lunatic Soul, Frantic Bleep, Marillion and Mindrot all leap out. Through the prism of Neurosis and the Gathering, that is.
Part II of the track sequence has pretty much everything an atmos-metaller could want. The slightly plaintive quality of best ‘Tree, the chorus bounce of better Tool, and a sense of almost ‘Ghost Reveries’ Opeth in there too, through that well applied hammond organ. Now dont get me wrong – it doesnt sound like them. It just has the same creative flourishes.
Klone are their own band – delightfully, heavily, brilliantly so. Creativity literally explodes out of this album – and this music is the sound of a band who can barely contain their ideas.
Three perfectly crafted and executed tracks that straddle everything from Gojira to Porcupine Tree, with the weight of a Meshuggah and the invention of Madder Mortem – what on earth is not to like?
Find it immediately – it’s a total gem, if for those understated and emotive vocals alone. You’ll here few records as artistically assured this year.
4.6 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 15/07/12