Klone – Le Grand Voyage
7.The Great Oblivion
8.Sad and Slow
Date: September 20, 2019
Label: Kscope Music
There are many metal sub-genres which produce a rather impressive catalogue of bands, yet not many people know of them. One such band belongs to the French metal scene. Some French bands are gaining recognition, Gojira, Alcest and Deathspell Omega to name a few. However, there are still some hidden gems out there and that is definitely Klone. They started out as a progressive groove metal band like their fellow countrymen Gojira and Hacride. Instead of continuing in that vein, the band decided to go for a more sophisticated progressive rock approach. This started with their previous album “Here Comes the Sun” and it continues to this day. Their sound nowadays has a lot of similarities with Tool (or anything Maynard James Keenan related), Riverside, Pain of Salvation, Katatonia and Anathema. The previous record was a rather enjoyable experience, now let’s see what the new album has to offer.
The album starts with some onomatopoeic sounds which slowly turn into the first song called “Yonder”. It starts on an easier tone and we are immediately greeted by Yann Ligner’s soothing voice. His vocals can be described as a mix of Maynard, James Keenan, Jonas Renkse and Mariusz Duda. His voice is the main reason I started listening to Klone. When I first heard Carpenter Brut’s cover of “Maniac”, I instantly fell in love with the color of that voice, so I needed to hear more and here I am. But his voice is not the only great thing this band has to offer. There is also the music, which can be very versatile. However, on this album the band went in an even softer direction, so most of the songs have a ballad-like character with heavier riffs reduced to a bare minimum. The songs have very catchy, yet memorable choruses.
The flow is also very decent and no track feels like a filler or like it doesn’t belong. Most of the tracks have a mid-tempo, melancholic, prog-rock feel to them. This can bring repetitiveness at times, but nothing that harms the overall experience of the album. One track that is wilder from start to finish is “The Great Oblivion”. Even though it is the heaviest track on the album,it is still mid-tempo. Heavy in vein of Katatonia and Riverside, which still isn’t very heavy by objective standards. It can be concluded that this time, the band focused more on the overall atmosphere than the heaviness. There are also instances where we are taken on an artistic rock path, this can be heard on “Keystone” and “Silver Gate”. These songs feature background percussion and slow prog-rock passages, making them sound musically and vocally similar to Tool. Also, Klone is no stranger to using various samples,keyboards and saxophone to boost up the atmosphere and those instruments were perfectly utilized once again. The best example of this would be “Indelible”, where the band really goes into that instrumental territory.
Overall, Klone have provided us with a very pleasant journey through progressive rock soundscapes. It’s not the most inventive album out there, but it still brings some interesting ideas to the table. Klone shares a lot of similarities with the aforementioned bands, but it never feels like they’re straight out copying them. They are developing their own style by taking some inspiration from other bands and that is completely okay. It just so happens that Riverside is on tour next year and if they need a supporting act, Klone would be an ideal candidate. This could also provide more people with the opportunity to hear Klone’s music, which really deserves a chance. Even if they don’t get picked to tour with Riverside, you still have this album and other ones to convince yourself of this band’s unquestionable quality.