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Review: K.O.B. - Mekanism of Time
Mekanism of Time

Label: Brennus Music
Year released: 2002
Duration: 52:43
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: May 13, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Mekanism of Time

Rated 4.67/5 (93.33%) (6 Votes)

I don't know where Brennus Music find their bands (well, France, obviously, since the label specializes in French bands) but so far I'm pretty impressed with the bands I've heard on this label. K.O.B. is the latest of those, presenting a mix of heavy rock and heavy metal that is not without reminding me of 80s metal but with a little modern touch thrown in. The vocalist reminds me a lot of Bruce Dickinson - the sound of his voice, the way he sings and his vocal range are all reminders of the Air Raid Siren. In fact, listening to this album, just from the vocals I couldn't help but think about some of Maiden's finest work, the vocalist delivering a practically flawless performance no matter whether he's singing a slow-paced song or much faster stuff, and also seemingly effortlessly hitting some very high notes. He's definitely the highlight of the album, although the music also speaks for itself.

The music is not as Maiden-ish, however. In fact I hear so many influences in the band's compositions that I won't even start naming them. Lots of variety here, from hard rock to "classic" heavy metal, you're served with power ballads, rockers, and some songs that are a mix of slow and fast parts, the slower parts putting the vocalist's excellent performance even more into light. The playing is pretty tight and the production is also of very good quality, making an ensemble of great songs even more enjoyable. The last song has one of those dreaded silent parts (to an "hidden" track) that I personally can't stand, but the silence is about one minute long so it is not unbearable. :) The hidden track is a little bluesy instrumental.

As for the meaning of "K.O.B.", it seems that it is an inside joke that will remain a secret within the band. :) This band is nothing short of excellent and hopefully they won't be limited to a niche market and their album will enjoy good distribution. And in case I still need to spell it out at this point, I highly recommend this album.

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