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Music Review: Karhu CD: Survival of the Richest

Music Review: Karhu

CD: Survival of the Richest

Label: Independent

Available: Now

Survival Of The Richest cover art

Prog rock/Metal has always been a mixed bag for me.  On one hand, I have always appreciated the musicianship the players in these bands were able to display with their respective instruments.  On the other hand I always felt I need to break out my Calculus book and calculator to understand the music while the songs always seemed a bit self-indulgent.

So last week I receive a email from a guy named Mark in the UK telling me about his band Karhu(meaning bear in Finnish), which is comprised of members from both the UK and Finland.  He tells me Karhu is similar to bands like Finland’s Stam1na and are also a prog metal styled band and that he was interested in me giving the band a listen and reviewing their album.  So I was like sure, I’ll give it a shot and started brushing up on my geometry and advanced math skills.  So what did I find in Karhu?  X+5(3 x7)=y to the sub-space cotangent…warp 9 to metal Mr. Sulu!  My brain just pooped itself.

The first positive for me on Karhu’s ‘Survival of the Fittest’ is I didn’t find the songs very self-indulgent at all.  By my definition of self-indulgent, I mean that there were no songs that ran for 15 minutes while having 37 different musical arrangements trying to fuse all genres of music together while putting me into a boredom coma.  THANK GOD.  On the album you have one song that hits over 6 minutes which I found to be a positive note for the type of prog music found here, especially with the album sporting 13 tracks.  Which leads me to…

The music on the album is extremely well done and I can tell it is performed by very talented guys.  Unlike the prog rock guys you would find in say, Rush or even Dream Theatre the music is VERY aggressive and very intricate.  I was really, really impressed by the guitar work.  There are some slow interludes also in the album that also really showcases Karhu’s musical talent.  From top to bottom, any fan of complex and intricate guitar work, will really enjoy what ‘Survival of the Fittest’ showcases here.

On the flip side, for me, the vocals are a bit spotty.  I’m not saying the singers can’t sing in the type of genre they are singing in.  I’m just not a particular fan of the vocal styles.  Karhu sports two vocalists.  One sings in a more Death Metal style, which I have always struggled with, and the other has a style that seems akin to say Soundgarden or Alice in Chains.  Now I know the growl type vocals will fit with the aggressiveness found here and such but like I said, I just have never been a fan and that is just my personal taste.  Having said that, I even found songs where the both styles fit in well with the songs.

To sum up Karhu’s ‘Survival of the Richest’ I have to say this.  Even though I am not an ardent Prog Metal guy I was very impressed overall by what I listened to.  Even though the vocals were not my thing I still enjoyed what I heard.  If you are interested in or a fan of aggressive, fast paced intricate guitar work and in your face music, this is the music and band for you won’t be disappointed in any way.  Just bring a super computer to calculate up all the musical formulas used here.

I will list my rating but I think for a true fan of this genre you could easily add an extra point to my score.

RATING: 3/5

Band Official Home Page:

http://www.thekarhugroove.com/

Listen to the Album here:

http://karhu.bandcamp.com/album/survival-of-the-richest

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DREAM THEATER – ‘Regression/Overture 1928’ Now Available On Jammit.com

Jammit allows you to isolate or remove any instrument from DREAM THEATER songs. Isolated tracks for ‘Regression/Overture 1928’ – taken from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory – is now available here.

The isolated tracks include scrolling tab/notation.

Dream Theater’s Live At Luna Park, a live concert captured on two-DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Video, two-DVD/three-CD, Blu-ray/three-CD, and a deluxe edition (two-DVD/Blu-ray/three-CD), will drop in May. To whet the appetite of their fans, the band have released a new trailer, found at the bottom of the page.

Live At Luna Park was filmed over two nights in South America — home to one of Dream Theater’s most ardent fanbases. The DVD was filmed after a 15-month world tour, hitting 35 countries.

“This is without a doubt the closest a viewer at home will come to experiencing a live Dream Theater concert,” states guitarist and founding member John Petrucci. “Between the hi-def and 3D video, the huge audio mix and the documentary style behind the scenes footage, you are truly transported to the arena and completely immersed in the entire live experience.”

“We have the greatest fans on the planet and the people of Argentina are no exception!” adds Petrucci. “The energy and vibe at Luna Park was truly electric and contagious. The perfect synergy between band and audience. We are immensely proud of this DVD and incredibly excited to share it with everyone!”

More details will be revealed soon.