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Kyrbgrinder: Cold War Technology

The funky side of prog.

The current prog scene is more vibrant and diverse than it’s been for

Cold War Technology has the thoughtful musicianship one would expect from any band who want to establish credentials in this arena, but also some really funky moments, as well as strikingly powerful riffs.

It all actually comes across as if Audioslave had suddenly discovered the joys of Tool, in that mixes up lighter touches with seriously ominous passages. People Of The Free World is a powerfully driven yet moody piece, while My Heart Bleeds exposes a darker underbelly to some of Kyrbgrinder’s music.

Like many other bands who have a plethora of ideas, this threesome sometimes lose their way. But for the most part this is a listenable and entertaining addition to the growing ranks of quality prog albums.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.