May 172011

Too infrequently, we write about music that we pick out for listening based solely on the album cover art, not knowing anything about the music itself. Last July we did that for an album called Black Days by a French band called Klone. To crib from what we wrote about the album back then:

Well, it’s not my usual cuppa tea, which tends toward the more skull-pulping leaves grown on the jagged crags of Tartarus. For one thing, there’s a lot of more-or-less clean singing. . . . But, unexpectedly, I’m really diggin Klone. At a very high level (like, from space), the music straddles a line between the darker side of progressive metal and Chevelle-style hard rock. The instrumentalists are sharp and technically impressive, and even when his vocals are clean, Yann Ligner has an invigorating edge to his voice. The songs cover a wide range, from crosses between doom and prog, to melodic headbanging anthems, to dark dreams of hypnotic ambiance.

Today, we have some news to report about Klone: First, they’ve released a brand new two-part single called The Eye of the Needle that’s available for free download — and it’s absolutely worth hearing. Second, we came across a recent official video for one of the songs from Black Days, and it’s absolutely worth seeing. (more after the jump . . .)

When you download The Eye of the Needle, you’ll find lyrics, very cool cover art (executed by Strychneen Studio), plus two tracks: “The Eye of the Needle-Part 1” and “The Eye of the Needle-Part 2”. Part 1 is more than 10 minutes long. Prepare yourself to be swallowed up in crashing waves of crushing bass chords, shattering riffs, soaring tenor vocals, and beautiful melodies. By turns, it’s ethereal and hammering.

Part 2 is a bit shorter, clocking in between 6 and 7 minutes. For most of its length, it punches harder than the more mesmerizing structures of Part 1, with Mastodon-ian crunch and head-pounding drum fills. Yes, the vocals are still almost 100% clean, and I do wish Yann Ligner had really let go with some blade-edged shrieking at points in this song, but I’m hooked on the music anyway.

If you have any interest in progressive metal at all, this is worth your time.

Here’s Part 1 of the song:

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To download both parts, GO HERE.

Now, to close out this post, here’s the official music video for a song called “Give Up the Rest” from Black Days. It’s really well done, both in the cinematography and in the editing, and it’s another song I’m into despite the fact that it’s not nearly as extreme as what I usually consume. But we do make exceptions to The Rule.

  7 Responses to “KLONE YOURSELF”

  1. Got into these guys because of this blog, thanks again for bringing them up. Anxious to hear the new tracks!

  2. came to this blog to read the devin townsend review and came away with this band…really enjoy it….thanks!!

  3. Well, fuck me running.

    Klone may not be your cuppa tea, but they fit well with my tastes. And they’re making this new stuff available for free? Awesome news, and more reason for me to get around to buying Black Days.

    • I knew you’d like this. And more generally, Klone is doing what I wish more “established” bands would do — every now and then, release a bit of free music in between albums. As another example of that, I finally listened to the free EP (“The Sleeping Gods”) that Enslaved released not long ago via Scion AV — and it’s awesome. You can get it here, among other places:

      • Well, damn. I didn’t even know this was out. Then again, that’s part of why I hauled my computer into the office today to catch up on stuff I’ve missed out on.

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