Friday, February 3, 2017

Kairon; IRSE! "Ruination"

Country: Finland
Genre(s): Eclectic Progressive Rock
Label: Svart Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: February 3, 2017
1. Sinister Waters I (12:19)
2. Sinister Waters II (13:08)
3. Llullaillaco (5:29)
4. Starik (7:28)
5. Porphyrogennetos (11:41)
6. Ruination (7:08)

Total time 57:13

Johannes Kohal - drums
Lasse Luhta - guitar, bass, synthesiser
Dmitry Melet - bass, vocals
Niko Lehdontie - guitar
Andreas Heino - saxophone, clarinet

To say that Ruination is an eclectic set of songs is an understatement, but then again, this is Svart Records we are talking about, and they never fail to surprise us with their roster diversity. Kairon: IRSE! can thunder along with the best of them, as they do frequently throughout the opening two part 25-minute "Sinister Waters", but it's the little folky bits, the pop vocals, and the intricate, Gentle Giant influenced prog passages that are woven in between the heavy guitar riffs that provide the spark and ingenuity of this band. Gentle Giant meets Dream Theater meets Hawkwind meets Pentangle? Probably not far from it actually. Booming bass riffs, jangly fuzz toned guitars, keyboards, and wispy vocals collide on "Llullaillaco", while the psychedelic, almost proto-metal riffs of "Starik" mix with screaming jazzy saxophone and plenty of '70s styled prog/space rock guitar & keyboards for a thrilling ride. The band totally makes an about face on the dreamy "Porphyrogennetos", as wonderful Chris Squire/Jon Camp/Michael Rutherford styled bass lines weave around lilting guitars and soothing keys, eventually giving way to a screaming wah-wah laced guitar solo courtesy of Niko Lehdontie. The closing title track shows their penchant for pop melodies and a love of psychedelia, with catchy lead vocals that float over effects laden lead guitar work and lush chords.
It's not hard to predict that Ruination might just be one of the more unique albums we'll hear in 2017, and in this day and age, 'unique' is definitely a good thing. Kairon: IRSE! are onto something, so make sure you don't miss this little gem so you can experience the cool & offbeat sounds they are creating. (Pete Pardo at seaoftranquility.org)

Also read the review at angrymetalguy.com

Sinister Waters II


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