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Born in the late 60's, Chesy hails from a Welsh mining village with a long name and was pretty glad when he got the Hell out of there. He got into Rock/Metal in about 1980, thanks to a TISWAS related incident (Rainbow video for All Night Long) and thankfully has never looked back. Chesy often sang solo in the school choir, but thanks to a puberty related incident his voice is now completely bolloxed, although in his own head Paul thinks he sounds like a blend of Coverdale and Dio (R.I.P). He was brought up on the classics - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Whitesnake and loved melodic rock and the Hair Bands of the 80's. (Nowadays, he has progressed a little and prefers a more technical and/or progressive metal - Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, Spock's Beard. He hates Black and Death Metal (can't stand the grunting) but for some unknown reason loves the magnificent Opeth! He wont stop this blog until his beloved FM finally play the likes of the NEC as a headlining act!!!

Monday, 17 December 2012

KingBathmat - Truth Button Album Review



What is it lately with bands cds dropping thru the post at CRR towers and they have crap name attached to them. Recently it was Gene The Werewolf (rubbish name, brilliant album), and now KingBathmat, surely the weirdest (and a contender for shittiest) in my 5 years of doing this reviewing malarkey!

KingBathmat hail from Hastings, and are a psychadelic/progressive/alt rock band. Initially started by singer songwriter John Bassett, they have released six albums to date, with Truth Button being their latest since 2009’s Gravity Field. The band comprises of Bassett (Bass/vox), David Georgiou (Keys), Lee Sulsh (Guitar), and Bernie Smirnoff (Drums).

The album cover for starters take you back to the heady days of 70s prog rock. It looks like some obscure German prog rock band that the likes of Mikael Akerfeldt would pay thousands for to have in his collection.
The link with Opeth doesn’t stop there. KingBathmat are a refreshing blend of the likes of Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Genesis (the good one!), and more modern takes like Radiohead and Muse. Which is a fine example of how progressive rock should be played out, an aural journey, heavy and riff laden one moment, then subtle and tranquil the next, all woven together with Bassets craft and vocal stylings.

Truth Button deals with an underlying theme of technophobia and social disconnection due to the ever-growing trivial use of modern technology. Good job I’m writing this up on my typewriter then!! It calls for the advancement of technology to be employed to make the truth more transparent as opposed to it being exploited to confuse, convolute and restrict us. If you had a Truth Button, would you push it, or would you chose to live in your ignorant bubble.

'Behind the Wall' takes a metal riff and combines it with a Dave Grohl vibe to make for an enjoyable opener. Again crunchy metal riffs converge with a bass groove for 'Abintra', and is a close a feel to Porcupine Tree/Storm Corrosion as you’re ever likely to meet. If Matt Bellamy and Peter Gabriel did an Elton John, KingBathmat would be the proggy offspring as witnessed on 'The End Of Evolution'. The album flows really well, as the 50 minutes is over in a breeze, and before you know it you're onto the weirdly and wonderfully titled, ‘Coming To Terms With Mortality In The Face Of Insurmountable Odds’ with see them throw all manner of styles (and the prog handbook & sink) into the 10 minute stunner.
  
Prog is seen somewhat as an old farts genre, but with people like Akerfeldt and Wilson trying to push the boundaries into the 21st Century, they have a new (new to me) kid on the block to assist them

Truth Button is released on 21st Jan and if you are a fan of the non death metal version of Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Genesis, QOTSA, then KingBathmat will be right up your street. An essential purchase for 2013 and its still only December

Your fave prog band you’ve yet to hear!

Score 85/100

Tracklisting -
Behind The wall
Abintra
Book Of Faces
The End Of Evolution
Dives And Pauper
Coming To terms With Mortality In The Face Of Insurmountable Odds


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