Klogr - Keystone album review

Environmentally aware alt-metallers seek to raise the spirits

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Now into their sixth year of existence, Klogr (pronounced Key-Log-Are) hail jointly from the Italian town of Carpi and San Diego, California. The quartet’s alt-metal simmers with mild progressive overtones that allow the listener to engage fully with their often environmentally conscious lyrics. The band’s third full-length sees them grapple with the concept that mankind is merely a guest on this planet, which, according to the band, could easily exist without us. That a producer of the stature of David Bottril (Rush, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Peter Gabriel) would step up to mix Klogr’s work speaks volumes of their musicianship and integrity. You seek crisp, mid-paced, detuned metal with authoritative, mostly clean vocals with occasional borderline growls and a mood of spiritual wellbeing? Well, it’s time this fine band were on your radar.

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.