|Review: Khali - Khali|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 1999
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: June 23, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 2.33/5 (46.67%) (3 Votes)
Famous for its players, the one and only album to be released by this quartet was held as something of a classic in the underground Prog scene, it being the album that renowned genre stalwarts Time Machine never made. Featuring the line up that toured the Eternity Ends release, Khali, the brainchild of TM bassist Lorenzo Deho, produced a simpler, more stripped down Prog Metal album here, one that sticks to the US style rather than their contemporaries Icycore or Eldritch. There is a strong latter-day Fates Warning feel to this, with some Redemption and Queensryche parts here and there, relying on plenty of harmony guitars and subtle, mid-paced rhythms to get by.
On the whole, it's a pretty boring listen, with no real hooks presenting themselves, some tepid, mid-range vocals, and nothing too exciting arrangement wise. It's a bit like watching a cover band play a bunch of your favorite tunes. You know what you're gonna hear, and the prospect of hearing it is actually better than the real thing. A few choice moments spring to mind, however, with "Somebody Haunts Me" having a pretty bitching chorus, and a few flourishes of lyrical imagery cutting through. Still, the genre can do better, Deho can do better, and really, so can you.
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