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Kopecky: Blood

Blood is the new album from the brothers Kopecky, and their first on the Unicorn Digital label. Fans of the weaving and dark progressive rock that the band have been creating since 1999 will no doubt revel in the metallic mayhem that is contained on this latest CD. Containing seven tracks totalling nearly an hours worth of music, Blood churns, twists, and turns at every angle, fueled by the crunchy guitar work of Joe Kopecky and the intricate and groove laden rhythms of bassist William Kopecky and drummer Paul Kopecky.

In this trio format, Kopecky are able to conjure up metallic shards of controlled molten mayhem-I say controlled because the music never seems to lose focus one bit despite the band taking many risks within the confines of each song. Take the 11-minute "Windows", a driving rocker with shuffling riffs and tight rhythms which never seem to rest, and highlighted by William's raunchy, effects laden bass solo and brother Joe's yearning explorations. Joe is quite the tasty player, as he proves on other songs like the guitar fusion of "Eden's Flow" and the psychedelic prog leanings of the epic closer "Opium". The ability of the three brothers to create sounds of menace, as they do so well on "The Red Path" with plenty of creepy bass sounds from William and Paul tribal-like drum patterns, adds an air of mystery to the otherwise progressive metal flavored songs.

For some unconventional progressive rock that keeps you guessing at every turn, Blood sure fits the bill. Kopecky once again show that a trio can produce avant-garde, instrumental music that amazes the senses and gives plenty of oomph at the same time.

Track listing
1. Garden of Immolation (7:10)
2. Infernal Desire Machine (4:58)
3. Moontown (7:20)
4. Windows (11:21)
5. Eden's Flow (4:58)
6. The Red Path (8:43)
7. Opium (12:56)
Total Time: 57:26

Added: September 1st 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Kopecky Website
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Language: english

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Kopecky: Blood
Posted by Michael Popke, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-09-01 09:34:28
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I saw Kopecky perform two of the songs that eventually made their way onto Blood last summer nearly a year before the all-instrumental progressive-metal-minded trio released their fourth studio album. But even back then, a musical shift was evident in Kopecky's music. The Wisconsin brothers built a career around chunky, foreboding and sometimes nightmarish music that evokes images of both beauty and violence, and Blood is no exception. But rather than relying on William Kopecky's occasional use of sitar and keyboards to alter the musical moods, the band strips down to a pure three-piece: William on basses, Joe on guitars and Paul on drums. The result is a more song-oriented work that gives each musician the opportunity to individually showcase his skills within the confines of a singular song. That approach works particularly well on the 11-and-a-half-minute epic "Windows." Elsewhere, Kopecky creates soundscapes both ominous ("Garden of Immolation") and inviting ("The Red Path"), and Joe's fancy fretwork shines on "Eden's Flow," Paul's technical aggression defines "Infernal Desire Machine" and William's spooky bass dominates the second half of the 13-minute finale "Opium." William Kopecky may get all of the glory in international prog circles, gigging with the likes of Par Lindh, Michael Angelo Battio and the Flyin' Ryan Brothers. But it is when Kopecky the band functions as a full unit, brothers united by blood, that listeners can best appreciate their ambitious pursuit of creating original and affecting music that challenges and occasionally redefines the listener's psyche.

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