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Phlegethon

by Kingcrow

A Gem of Modern Prog Metal (Progarchives)
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. The Slide
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2. Timeshift Box
3:47 $0.99
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3. Islands
5:18 $0.99
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4. The Great Silence
2:24 $0.99
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5. Lullaby for an Innocent
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6. Evasion
5:04 $0.99
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7. Numb: Incipit, Climax & Coda
8:48 $0.99
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8. Washing Out Memories
6:06 $0.99
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9. A New Life
4:57 $0.99
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10. Lovocaine
4:40 $0.99
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11. Fading Out, Pt. III
6:23 $0.99
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12. Phlegethon
9:45 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Italian rockers Kingcrow deliver their fourth full-length album with Phlegthon and again like their 2006 album Timetropia the album has a theme and as such can be named a concept. The band itself has changed in a few places from the band that made Timetropia, so time to reacquaint is necessary - here it goes. We have Diego Cafolla on guitar, Thundra Cafolla on drums, Cristian Della Polla on keyboards, Ivan Nastasi on guitar and the newbies for this album Francesco D’errico on bass guitar and Diego Marchesi on vocals.

Kingcrow have been around since 1996 and still seem to be working under the radar of most of the progressive rock world - including myself. Before this album I had heard of the band but never paid much attention to them. This may have a lot to do with how the band has been marketed thus far - as heavy metal progressive. Which in my opinion absolutely misses what Kingcrow is about and I would much rather label the band as progressive rock in general. Why? I hope to shed a light on this during the review of this CD.

The album starts with the track The Slide. Nearly forgot to mention that the concept is a story about Phlegethon and according to Diego Cafolla:

"The concept behind “Phlegethon” is about what we are in terms of how much our life experiences build our personality and the way that can affect our thoughts about others. So the story behind is about a dysfunctional subject, his own walk through life and the way his experiences modify his personality. Obviously there is an entertaining factor too so “Phlegethon” is a kind of psycho–thriller."
As with Timetropia the artwork helps build the story. To continue with The Slide, the opening sees a setting near a seashore; you can hear the tide. Imagine two people at the seaside (cover), slowly as the music emerges and the story is told we learn that an accident has happened at the cliff. A tragic event forever changing lives. A first encounter with death. A deep soundscape of keyboards, then proceding into an overture where all join in with the vocals telling the story.

After this introduction we are taken on a fast journey through time and space. The song appropriately called Timeshift Box is an instrumental piece containing all elements one expects; guitars dominate with both players, Diego and Ivan, doing a great job.

The story then takes us to the next chapter and it is a though the characters find themselves upon an island in time and space, so close together, yet so far away from each other. Islands is a song sung in an almost chanting way, with a fine melody line and with acoustic guitar playing (Spanish sounding) near the end of the track.

The Great Silence is beautifully introduced by keys and guitar, a chorus starts of the song in a classical way, after that the voice goes over into a fierce voice filled with anger and frustration - not able to do something.

The journey continues with Lullaby For An Innocent and the title implies a beautiful song full of tranquillity. You are being served; dual vocals, lyrics sung beautiful, strong melody lines and an emotional guitar solo. This is a song so very peaceful and yet so intense and with real beauty. Again a very beautifully played piece of acoustic guitar, absolutely mind blowing.

Moving on with a neo-classical song Evasion, keyboards taking off soon followed by guitars. Diego Machete has already shown his melancholic and furious voice, now he sings this track in a real neo classical style. Evasion is carried forward by a beautiful melody, great guitar, keys, and pounding drums. A video was shot for this song and can be seen once you enter the Kingcrow site.

By now we are completely Numb of everything that has happened. All is continued in a more alternative rock style, another great song, good melody and it all works once more. But before I continue reviewing all the songs in the same fashion - one superlative after the other - I will just stop here and merely say that I could not find a flaw on this album.

This is highly underrated band and with Phlegthon Kingcrow have succeeded making a true masterpiece. Personally I now feel the need to check out their back catalogue as this to me it was a first encounter, but what an encounter. Phlegthon has entered my top 10 albums with a bullet for the number one spot. I have not heard anything better so far this year.

I wanted to give pointers as to which band(s) they could be compared to and sure there are always familiar sounding bits, but my overall conclusion is that they have a sound of their own. So in conclusion this is a "must have" for all you proggers out there, it is absolutely superb.

Conclusion: 9.5 out of 10

From DPRP (http://www.dprp.net/reviews/201040.php#kingcrow)

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