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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!!!

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

KingBathmat - Overcoming The Monster Album Review


Late last year I had the great pleasure of Reviewing the last album from King Bathmat, their sixth! Just a few months later, hot on the heels of Truth Button (released only in Jan),  comes ‘Overcoming the Monster’.

 "Overcoming The Monster" deals with the theme of psychological obstacles (monsters of the mind) that are manufactured in our thoughts, both internally through our insecurities, externally by the outside influence of others and collectively through the mass media which uses fear as a tool to manipulate our perceptions. "Overcoming The Monster" addresses the need to ignore these clandestine forms of control and rise above the Illusory obstacles that are placed in our path in order to deliberately block opportunities that should be accessible to everybody.
  
As was the case with Truth Button, King Bathmat throw everything at the listener, - sink, worktops, cutlery, even the taps and the Bathmat, in a musical fusion of sounds, textures and genres such as Progressive Rock, Grunge, Psychedelia and Experimental Rock to concoct
a vibrant intoxicating brew of complex, intricate melodies and heavy bludgeoning
riffs all contained within a running time of approximately 50 short minutes.
  
Sentinel for examples starts off all subdued like a Storm Corrosion/ Steven Wilson vibe, before letting a cross between STP and Alice in Chains rip into you. Its compelling stuff indeed! ‘Parasomnia’ is a sleep disorder that involves abnormal and unnatural movements, behaviors, emotions, perceptions, and dreams that occur while falling asleep, sleeping, between sleep stages, or during arousal from sleep! I can tell you now, Ive not bee so excited by a prog band in quite some time like this one. It starts off as a calming 70s psychadelic piece, before upping the tempo considerably to a more 2112 Rush era rock piece with the Foo Fighters thrown in for good measure. These boys are not your run of the mill Prog band. ‘Superfluous’  has the elements of grunge from the likes of AIC and also nods in the direction if modern prod like Dream Theater. ‘Reality Mining’ is a single contender, mainly because it’s the only bugger under 5 mins

KingBathmat really are a clever band, possibly a bit too clever for their own good. But I don’t care, as they are one of the most diverse and refreshing prog/experimental bands to come out of the UK in some time

I really hope that King Bathmat get the opportunity to get on a couple of decent tours this years because they deserve their music to be heard by a greater number of people. They are one of THE best bands you’ve never heard…..YET! I honestly feel that strongly about KingBathmat that I wish I was in the position to offer anyone a money back guarantee, but Victor Kiam I ain’t

90/100
Tracklisting
Sentinel
Parasomnia
Overcoming The Monster
Superfluous
Reality Mining
Kubrick Moon



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