France is a hotbed for interesting and innovative metal acts.You simply can’t go with the likes of Deathspell Omega, Alcest, Gojira, Blut Aus Nord and Hacride. Poitiers-based Klone is another particular example of French ingenuity. These guys are about to release their latest album, entitled “The Dreamer’s Hideaway”, via Klonosphere/Season Of Mist…
Klone takes their musical cues from a whole range of different influences, including progressive metal, jazz/fusion, grunge and even some pop sensibilities. In order to make things a little more clear, try to imagine a mixture of Porcupine Tree, Devin Townsend, Alice In Chains and a slight touch of Tool. On paper it may seems like an unlikely mixture, but the guys in Klone certainly know how to make it float on “The Dreamer’s Hideaway”.
The title track is a poignant example of what this album has to offer. It starts with a very heavy guitar riffs, only to gave chase to some softer more jazz inspired parts. Everything is held together by some catchy hooks and Yann Ligner’s signature vocals. His style is singing may not be to everyone’s taste, but it certainly gives Klone a face of its own.
“Rising” and “Walking On Clouds” are full of lovely progressive twists and turns. “A Finger Snaps” has an incredible groove behind it, which makes it a very memorable song. Despite it’s relatively accessible character “The Dreamer’s Hideaway” may take a while before everything falls into place.
When you’re into innovative and cutting edge with a progressive twist or two you will certainly fall in love with “The Dreamer’s Hideaway” by Klone. This album will keep me occupied for quite some time to come. I love it!