Kylver - The Island
We think the new album from Kylver is the work of the devil as speakers spin like the childs head in the Exorcist. Anthony Firmin gets lost in this immersive piece of work!
Kylver’s appearance at the first Progathon was a revelation, their lush synth and organ sounds layered over some solid old-school heavy rock had me spellbound. I was immediately hooked and their debut release The Mountain Ghost became a regular rotation on my CD player.
This new release, The Island, came as a complete surprise as it was only 14 months since the last album. However, it was gratefully received, played at least a dozen times and oh my, it is very good.
The Island is a concept with an interesting back-story about a mariner becoming shipwrecked on an island following a storm, the full story can be found on their bandcamp page.
Overall, the album can only be described as EPIC in that classic prog mould and it is heavy, very heavy, tinged with a modern post-metal, sludge feel. It doesn’t race off at Mach 5 either, like some prog bands feel the need to, it pounds along like a fully loaded articulated lorry at 56mph, the band ensuring each note performed is absolutely necessary with no need for superfluous twiddly-twiddly.
The album is all instrumental, no need for lyrics to get in the way, the advantage being that the band are able to paint a musical landscape that is based on feel and allows the listener to interpret it further in their own way.
The first track The Great Storm Of 1703 is an absolute monster and the way the piece develops you can feel the storm brewing. Just as the childs head spins in the Exorcist, the speakers in my hifi started to spin in time to the rotation of the Leslie; Neil Elliott’s organ sounds are the work of the devil! Absolute perfection.
With Hy-Brasil the mariner has been washed ashore and goes in search of some stones – this is more of a straight ahead rocker but still manages some serious twists and turns. Monolith starts out slowly, almost like you are slowly falling before emerging with a doom/sludge riff and rounding off the album The Great Race is solid all the way through.
For a four-piece they make a hell of a sound and this album is sometimes dark and dense yet contrasts with lightness in places. It is deep and rich, immense and dreamy – like a deserted island you can get lost within it.
I am sure The Island is going to come alive when they play NOIZWEEKENDER at Rebellion on 15th October – the word epic may not be enough!!
Please visit their bandcamp page to learn more about the concept of the album and to purchase it:
Check out the first release from the album, Hy-Brasil: