on 16 February 2013
The first reviewer sums things up perfectly - as a huge fan of the classic prog of Genesis, Yes, Crimson, etc., but happy to listen to heavier modern stuff like Porcupine Tree and QOTSA which still keeps the emphasis on melody and invention, for me this ticks ALL the boxes! Like Big Big Train and Unitopia, they're clearly terrific musicians but the solos and tricks always take second place to the song and the atmosphere being created. This is a million miles away from Dream Theater and their ilk - and all the better for it.
Like all the best rock music, this is an album which is to be explored, not just listened to, and the download price frankly is a steal for an album you'll play again and again.
on 10 March 2013
This is the 6th album from Hastings based band Kingbathmat. Led by the brilliant John Bassett, Truth Button is one of those albums that gives more every time you listen to it.
From the mighty opening of Behind, which gives us 9 minutes or more of some fantastic musical interplay and almost Porcupine Tree-esque prog metal, with the some powerful rocking guitar work, underpinned by mighty drums, through the Eastern flavoured hypnotic Abintra, the more reflective Book of Faces, the epic 8 minutes of the End of Evolution, which is the closest to traditional prog on the album, with its fantastic keyboard work, the brilliant Dives and Paupers, ending with the rather fantatstically titled, and even more brilliantly performed Coming to Terms with Mortality in the face of insurmountable Odds, which closes one of the finest albums I have heard so far this year.
The vocals are fantastic, the musicianship is astonishingly brilliant, and the overarching concept of technophobia and social dislocation is woven magically into these 6 tracks.
This is arguably one of the albums of the year, and gives the prog genre a revitalising shot in the arm.
Do I smell a rat here? Two mentions of QOTSA (aka Queens of The Stone Age) in consecutive reviews?? Good band & all that but I fail to see the link to Kingbathmat. Must be my ears playing tricks on me. Myself I might accept that they sound like a supercharged Jesus Jones. [Perhaps folk have a penchant for acronyms, I could mention my liking for the ISB (not to be confused with IBS), ELO, ELP and my particular favourite, ARS.] Anyhow, aside from being hampered by the deplorable band name and a less than iconic sleeve design, KBM are no bad at all. Nice vocals and tunes. Obviously John Bassett , main man and general factotum has invested in the band and garnered critical favour from the likes of DPRP (the finest Prog Review site on the Planet dear readers). That said, I cannot help but feel a name change and general makeover in the Art department would work wonders. But then again I am not know for my wisdom... or my ability to stand a round come to that.
Reservations aside, I commend this CD to the House.
on 29 January 2013
I was not familiar with this band whatsoever until I was recommended this album by a friend and since after downloading this album and listening to it for the last few weeks I must say that this band/album is one of my favourite discoveries of recent years. There is so much happening within every song that its hard to describe the album efficently in this truncated form. It has those classic heavy riffs balanced with softer moments reminiscent of the new prog produced by Porcupine Tree and Riverside and all, yet is rooted in the traditions of past progressive rock heroes that are honored but never copied, all the while creating a distinctive and unique sound. if you are a fan of Porcupine Tree, Genesis, QOTSA, then KingBathmat will be right up your street.
on 25 May 2013
This is the album of modern progressive psychedelic rock that is, nevertheless, rooted deep in the classic forms of the genre. At times pretty heavy, at times - soft and mellow, it's not overly intricate but has a great sense of melody.