Eyes of Hurricane
Alex - vocals
Serz - drums
Jaco Ė guitars
Cello - bass
|KEN“S: extracted from "Intersection" kenos|
review by dalia di giacomo____
If am right,
KenÚs is a
Greek word, meaning more or less "empty", " in vain".
And Kenos is the name of a very interesting Italian band that plays Technical Death/Black metal. Its roots go back to 1996, but it's only in
2001 that they settled their line-up and started a serious project, that begins to be rewarded after having
recently inked a deal with Urlo Music/EMI and after the recent Italian dates in support of Raise
Hell and Belphegor. Just these infos only can give an idea and a guarantee of how talented this band is. And indeed i come to this conclusion as
well . But...i'm a big fan of Death/Black Metal, it is "my"
music. But i'm not that warm fan of Technical Death in itself , cause i think that technicality is as important as sterile if it's
focused on itself only. Fortunately Kenos add that drop of "heart"
that allows their music to be animated by feelings and intensity. But
Kenos present also a too wide "contamination" (like they use
to say) with Prog elements. Among these 3 tracks, extracted from
the upcoming full length "Intersection" (being Eyes of
Hurricane the bonus track), Dracona is the most contaminated.
Dracona is affected by a kind of contamination that risks to take the
listener's attention off the main protagonists that are Death and
Black, making the whole composition difficult to be digested. But
we will see that in this "extracted" there are also beautiful
and very valid moments, underlined by a very good and professional
Intersection's structure, on the contrary, is much better: it is another long song (7:08) which offers again a formidable beginning in Death/Black style with tempo changes , passing from certain DT influences to much more extreme ones, including drops of Spheric Black, roller-coaster effects, dissonant touches, cavernous vocals and heavy steam hammering mid tempo's . There is some call for Prog that fortunately remains highly limited in short accompanying passages. I mean... Intersection is very articulated and it doesn't result immediate at a first listening, but, at least, it gets a more defined identity.
Eyes of Hurricane
is fantastic and only instrumental .
It is basically a great acoustic track with guitars that gush cascades of harmonious melodic balladesque notes in
Spanish/American styles: superbly executed with that touch of final evil mysterious
effects . Too short, this time! but perfect. 2.:31 minutes of pure
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