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Kahless Clone, The: An Endless Loop

The Kahless Clone, which borrows its name from Star Trek, is the side project of Vito Marchese from Novembers Doom, who has gathered together a talented bunch to realise the moody, dark metal which he has been working on for some time now. The result is a four track EP called An Endless Loop, where pensive guitar, bass and piano passages trade with grating riffs and a post metal attitude. Attitude is the right word, for there's no vocals here, hence no screaming voices, or growled gutturals ripping into view to offer alternative to the undoubtedly intentioned gloom.

All four offerings serve up a similar basis, atmosphere built, then smashed by guitars; atmosphere regains control and so we go. Everything is beautifully performed and I have to say that the production and mixing/mastering by Chris Wisco is really rather wonderful, the balance between elements and instruments breathtaking in parts. In truth the compositions don't always quite stand up to the extra scrutiny this sonic clarity offers, the slow atmospheres unvaried and cold, the blasts of rifferama not really stand out from the crowd enough to hold the imagination. Yet there's a lot to like here and possibly even more to admire. I can't say I know Marchese's main band, hence offering an opinion on just how far removed it is from what's created here is beyond me. However while I may not be fully convinced by An Endless Loop, it is easy to suggest that if dark, melancholic despair, with outbursts of anger sounds like something you'd like as your angst ridden soundtrack, then The Kahless Clone will be for you. However, us happy folks may not connect with this is in the same manner.

Track Listing
1. Leave This Place With Me
2. I Can Fell Them, But I Can't Remember Them
3. Everything You See Is Gone
4. A Somber Reflection

Added: May 30th 2015
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: The Kahless Clone on Facebook
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Language: english

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