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KOUZIN BEDLAM - Longing for the Incomplete - CD - Inverse Records - 2014

This is what happens when you put together a guy who spent years trying to become the fastest guitarist in the world, his dreamy poetic brother, a guy who collects and sonically abuses keyboards, and a few more forest-dwelling Finns.

No, you're not getting another Stratovarius. You're getting something darker, more serious, and more intriguing. The guitarist actually developed a few other skills apart from just being fast. The keyboard collector found a lot of tasteful sounds. The dreamer can actually sing too. And Longing for the Incomplete became a steamroller of an album. With a rhythm section to match, don't worry.

There's much to hear and experience on this debut. Most of it is not happy, but it doesn't need to be. It's intelligent, well composed, sometimes depressing, sometimes energetic and at times even mocking or arrogant. One thing's for sure: it's never dull. Think of it as progressive, heavy metal with a bit of pop infused. Kouzin Bedlam has made an accomplished album for any kind of music. No obvious hits or misses, other than the lack of an emotional dimension, which is why we recommend trying before buying. (8/10)

 

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ALBUM REVIEWS

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The Prosperous

KOUZIN BEDLAM
Longing for the

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Sumari

LIBEREZ
All Tense Now L

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A Slow, Painful

LYKAION
Heavy Lullabies

MINUTIAN
Inwards

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