Chroma Key
Dead Air For Radios


5.0
classic

Review

by Voivod STAFF
March 27th, 2010 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kevin Moore exploits his artistic freedom in full for the first time as a solo artist and the result is beautiful, strange, night music that words hardly can describe.

Kevin Moore is a one-in-a-zillion example of an artist, generally speaking. Although Dream Theater were already critically acclaimed, when the "Awake" album was issued, he suddenly decided to part ways with the band due to musical differences. For me, Moore’s “less is more” perspective in terms of songwriting, was the “dam” to Petrucci’s and Portnoy’s growing tendency to make pompous/"overloaded" songs, demonstrating their undeniably great musical skills, lacking however in conciseness. Inevitably, one day that “dam” collapsed. As a result, DT’s first three albums were never topped by their later releases, with the “Scenes from A Memory” album being the only possible exception.

Moore’s focus on “less is more” utterly unfolds for the first time in “Dead Air for Radios” album. Leaving the traditional “prog metal” keyboards aside and prog metal altogether, Moore uses the piano extensively to produce dark, melancholic and highly memorable melodies over subliminal/hypnotic electronic loops and samples. The additional musicians used in this album truly support Moore’s musical vision. Mark Zonder’s (Fates Warning) solid drumming is an ode to minimalism, with Joey Vera (Fates Warning) accurately following in bass. The – few – guitars on the album are played by Jason Anderson.

Except from the music, credit is due to Moore’s vocals and lyrics as well. His soothing voice matches the music perfectly. As for the lyrics, songs like “Even the Waves” and “On the Page” are true masterpieces.

The overall outcome is music highly uncategorized. Dark, beautiful, nostalgic, strange.

All in all, “Dead air for Radios” album is another milestone lying within the breach that separates every “established” music genre from the other. Whoever seeks to dwell into this record, will be highly rewarded.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2010


6207 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is my first review.

Please be strict but gentle.

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Willie
Moderator
March 27th 2010


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kevin Moore is a one-in-a-zillion example, when it comes to artists in general.
An example of what?

Although Dream Theater, with which he made his entry in the world music scene, were critically acclaimed after the release of the “Awake” album, he suddenly decides to part ways with the band due to musical differences.
The italics part is in past tense, and the other part is present tense. Work on keeping your tenses consistent.

For me, the comparison of the two DT eras – that is with and without Moore – shows that Moore’s conviction to the punch line “less is more” when it comes to songwriting, was the “dam” to Petrucci’s and Portnoy’s album-after-album growing tendency to make more and more lengthy, pompous songs that demonstrated their great musicianship, lacking however in conciseness.
This is way too long of a sentence. Also, it's lacking punctuation. A few wrong word usages too -- "punch line" comes to mind.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2010


6207 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You are absolutely right.

I corrected everything you say plus some typos.



That album needed a review, Kevin Moore's work is CRIMINALLY underrated.

VicariousIntent
March 28th 2010


1594 Comments


I had always wondered what he went on to do. Please tell me this stuff is in the vein of Space Dye Vest, because it sounds like that from how you describe it.

Willie
Moderator
March 28th 2010


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The first two Chroma Key albums are in the vein of Space Dye Vest.

scissorlocked
May 28th 2010


3511 Comments


And space dye vest is one of Theaters best songs!!!

Good review bro!!I'll check out the record.I've only listened to grave mountain home and the OSI stuff.Moore is a great musician,and his minimalistic approach is wonderful!!!

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Willie
Moderator
May 28th 2010


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The first two albums are much better than Graveyard Mountain Home.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2010


6207 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@ scissorlocked and to whom it may concern

From my local record dealer, i found out that this record is out of print.

But i assume that you/anyone can find copies (used or genuine) at amazon and the such.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2010


6207 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Colorblind:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uHXyTAkx9I&feature=related


Even The Waves:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-75jw0m5r-E&feature=related


Undertow:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNIjZ_2jxeU


S.O.S.:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9HgSPYF-Ng&feature=related


Camera 4:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFKfTxfTbvI&feature=related


America The Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvWEriBHkeE&feature=related


On The Page:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwIdfaetHZU&feature=related


Mouse (Now Watch Happens):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOIWFC5Q7Ao&feature=related


Hell Mary:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVaXeVRF1Bs&feature=related




The links are all active at the time this message was written - June the 10th, 2010.

Jarvig
November 14th 2010


168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good ambient, electronic, industrial pop. Best song is Undertow.

Parallels
January 12th 2012


6643 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Colorblind and Undertow are such brilliant songs

nickg42084
September 21st 2012


88 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First 4 songs are best especially Colorblind and Undertow.

OmairSh
August 27th 2013


11576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Undertow is so good

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