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While "Thrak" is not considered a metal album, it is undoubtedly brutal and retains a "heavy" feel without ever cranking the guitar distortion. This is partly down to the "double trio" line-up consisting of two drummers (Bruford and Mastelotto), two bassists (Levin and Gunn) and two guitarists (Fripp and Belew). The resulting sound is immense. Just one listen to the bewildering "Vrooom" gives a sense of what "Thrak" is all about. Classic Fripp guitar melodies and riffs, complex, jazzy and intertwining drum patterns and thundering baselines. As I mentioned "Thrak" is not a metal album, but to me this sounds as (if not more) brooding, intense and relevant when compared to the majority of metal acts around today. Then there's "B'boom" and the title track, the former being a drummers heaven with a duet solo that builds to a bewildering, syncopated groove. This gives way to the scary onslaught of the title track - evolved around blasts of intense guitars and difficult rhythms, the song sounds more like modern metal gods Meshuggah than anything King Crimson has ever put out.
Amidst this mayhem, "Thrak" also showcases King Crimson at their classic rock best. "Dinosaur" sounds like 70s prog rock given a twisted revamp.Read more ›
As to THRAK itself, this was one powerful recording when it first arrived 8 years ago, and its power has not diminshed over time. Along with the THE COURT, DISCIPLINE and RED, there is something totally unrelenting in the pursuit of MUSICKING here that was terrifying, dynamic, inspiring. For any of us who were great devotees of the double trio, this album seemed to promise so much, yet it would prove to be so difficult to follow up and take to another level. But here at the beginning, it is still astonishing to listen to what is going on. A spectacular acheivement! When you recall that most of the pop world was bopping along to Prince's Little Richard knockoffs, much as the pop world once bopped to the Rolling Stones' pale imitations of the wild ecstases of the chitlin circuit, it becomes quite clear how unprepared rock was and always is for Crimson. Years later, the avant garde takes up themes and directions for which the King gets pilloried, but in its nascent state, it suggets things far too powerful for easy digestion, and that of course is anathema to the music biz.
So here is KC going for the jugular and all hail the remastered efforts for making audible the brave thrusts, parries, leaps, and bravado of the six members of this exceptional team. Fripp seems to enjoy listing in the remasters, the very bad press they get. Some of it actually is spot on, and because of that the sheer genius of THRAK is underscored. Some of it is just plain humourous, and if you can't have a good laugh at yourself, well, ...Read more ›
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This CD is not nearly as thunderous or heavy as I would have expected based on the other reviews. It sounds like the same band that did RED 20+ years before this CD came out. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jonathan Cardwell
I love Crimson, this is an album that really introduced me to their work. There are other albums by KC I like better but this album always reminds me of this tour... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Erstwhile
When the 8th generation of King Crimson trundled onto stage left in 1981, it was commonly thought that by the time that year’s album Discipline drew to a close, you’d be reading... Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. M. Olszanicky
What can I say? Those that know, already know- those that don't, will not be swayed by what a King Crimson fanatic has to say. =)
Just buy it!
Amazing CD. Just saw King Crimson at the academy of Music in Philly. Amazing!!Published 20 months ago by Scott