14 February 2014

KLOGR – BLACK SNOW

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KLOGR are an Italian alternative metal act new to this reviewer’s ears. They are about to embark on a lengthy tour with Prong, a band never far from my decks, so immediately my ears pricked up. Nestled at the top of my review pile was their new album, “Black Snow” and so the investigation commenced.klogr

KLOGR (pronounced Kay – log – are) formed in 2011. The band’s name is a reference to the law of Weber-Fechner, developed in the second half of the 800s, which is known as the fundamental psycho-physical relationship (S = K log R). This, their second full length, following on from their debut Till You Decay (2011) and EP Till You Turn (2013). On the themes of the album, frontman Rusty has this to say: “Man has contaminated everything and his contamination was not always a positive thing. What was meant to be evolution is revealing itself to be an environmental and intellectual pollution heading to self destruction”. So we can expect a bleak sound to the album?

Not quite. What fell upon my ears was a richly produced, coherant and well written collection of alternative rock songs that should appeal to a broad range of listeners and find their way onto airwaves both sides of the pond. Don’t get me wrong, the album is dark, and at time rather heavy, but it remains always entirely listenable and, more importantly, likeable.

The electronic tinged emotive rock appeal to listeners of A Perfect Circle, Filter, Stabbing Westward (and Christopher Hall’s new band The Dreaming) and Esoterica (now simply called Eso). Also to be heard are tinges of heavyweights Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. Though the list of reference points I list here sounds lengthy, fear not, there is just enough character to the album to avoid being lost on a sea of clones.

On the angrier more aggressive tracks such as Severed Life and Zero Tolerance, the dark energy is sharpened by some nifty chord progressions characteristic of those that lifted aforementioned bands Filter and Stabbing Westward above the myriad lesser pretenders. In their more subdued moments including Ambergais and Heart Breathing, lush arrangements and subtle dynamics show a diversity to the band’s writing. The lead single is Draw Closer, which in my opinion, while a thoroughly decent track in its own right, is not the highlight of the album (that honour for me going to Severed Life).

While maybe not the most wholly original album I’ve heard in recent times (and the task of creating and/or finding such gets ever harder), it is thoroughly worthy of investigation. I suspect a night watching KLOGR and Prong on the same bill would be quite the treat so I urge you to check out those tour dates. I will be….

The single Draw Closer is out now, with the album getting a March 2014 release via Zeta Factory/Bertus (CD) and Believe (digitally).

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