K-X-P: III Part 2

Volcanic Finnish electronic post-punk with attitude.

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Consisting of singer-electronic craftsman Timo Kukolampi, bassist-keyboardist Tuomo Puranen and alternating drummers Tomi Leppanen and Anssi Nykanen, Finland’s K-X-P compellingly harness strands of prog, Kraut, space rock and heavy rock along with post-punk sensibility.

III is the title of the epic work which started in early 2015 with Part 1, all recorded in the same sessions on the fortified island of Suomenlinna, which is only reachable by boat from Helsinki. If Part 1 mapped out the sonic terrain with bolts of dark, seething tension, the second part climbs to the grand finale. Sometimes the juddering signals which Kukolampi deploys to kick off tracks such as Winner or the motorik hell-cruise of Freeway sound barely containable, as their rolling black clouds congeal into tangible riffs. Sub Goblin uses martial drums to ignite a furious techno/space rock hybrid that piles into deep prog vistas aboard mysterioso monster-chords. Transuranic Heavy Elements takes the album out on a radioactive shudder, decaying into the ether while bringing down the curtain on an impressive future rampage of unbridled questing and furious emotion. Sinister, complex and well worth a dip.

Kris Needs

Kris Needs is a British journalist and author, known for writings on music from the 1970s onwards. Previously secretary of the Mott The Hoople fan club, he became editor of ZigZag in 1977 and has written biographies of stars including Primal Scream, Joe Strummer and Keith Richards. He's also written for MOJO, Record Collector, Classic Rock, Prog, Electronic Sound, Vive Le Rock and Shindig!