Kongh
Sole Creation


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
February 21st, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 02/05/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sludge, gorilla style worship.

Ultimately, this Swedish sludge/ doom act are not anything spectacular but, for the most part they do hold their own, relying on some traditional values to get across the line. Sole Creation is the band’s third record and whilst the music hasn’t seen a drastic change it has improved, bit-by-bit to showcase some consistently steady sludgy doom. First impressions mean a lot for this particular group. Take the album art for example: a giant gorilla dominates the image, shrouded by a full moon. The image is dark with little to no colour, but not at all complex. Not only does the dark imagery put the message across, it also ties in well with the contextual and instrumental sections of Sole Creation. For the most part the sound is thick, hairy, often laced with feedback and drawn out riff patterns. Kongh, it seems are going for a sound that is massive in design and gargantuan in nature, no frills sludge. Aided by the (slightly murky, definitely not million dollar) production, Kongh manages to combine the usual sludge aesthetics with the occasional Black Sabbath worship and whilst the comparison may just stretch the idealisms of the listener, Kongh has brought together a bit of this and that to create an album that’s heavy, sinister and strong like the gorilla on the album’s cover. Combining the album image with the music pays off in this regard. With just four tracks with an average run time of just over eleven minutes, and an overall runtime of forty-five minutes, Sole Creation comes and goes at a respectable pace, making sure the album is not drawn out without becoming tiring. Having track times like this work well for the band allowing the sludge to ‘shine’ through.

At times, similarities arise to acts like Mastodon and Isis, and not without reason, they come with the stereotypes of the genre. Thankfully though, Kongh are far from simply emulating others. That’s not to say that this act is a completely revolutionary, unique showstopper, it’s just more to the fact that they are willing to do their own thing, adding small amounts of stoner influence, and psychedelic without conforming to clone some of the better known soundscapes. Influences and similarities aside, Sole Creation is an even paced album, almost black and white in nature. There is a simplicity here that highlights the band’s song writing. Opening the album is the title track, a tribal-ish build into a crescendo of riffs and pounding, fuzzy drum lines layered over various intoxicating amounts of feedback and intertwining melody lines. Right from the get-go, it’s clear that Kongh are making a statement with their 2013 release. Throughout the length of the record, the music runs largely along this design and after a while the record starts to feel a little formulaic, even with the track lengths.

Sole Creation revels in the fact that everything is simple, making the most of a slow to mid tempo, plodding the album along its course. As time goes by Kongh, are showing the music is improving steadily, ticking all the right boxes as the gears slip into place. Keep in mind there’s always room for the band’s development, but for now Kongh have found a solid place in the sludge/doom genre. What shows the most on Sole Creation is the group’s tendency to back the artistic imagery the artwork portrays. Tying one in with the other helps engage the listener, promoting the instrumental aspect, especially through this slightly raw production. Overall, this Swedish three-piece have prominently shown their talents in crafting simple songs and making them sound like so much more. Giving life to both music and art, Sole Creation is a four-tracked journey that doesn’t lose focus or become tiring. Give it a go, you may just fall in love with a gorilla.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2013


7097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nothing too special, just some really solid sludge.

As for what it sounds like, rec' wise - It's more of a Cough - Ritual Abuse vein.

BallsToTheWall
February 20th 2013


44628 Comments


Great artwork/review.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2013


7097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Balls : ]

RollieQuibbs
February 21st 2013


430 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

During the clean singing part of the title track they sound Swedish. In a good way. Decent album

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2013


2845 Comments


You review more than anyone I've ever seen lol

Sniff
February 21st 2013


1211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Decent band

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2013


7097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You review more than anyone I've ever seen lol


Nah, ReturnToRock still outdoes me, I mean I have a review for Wednesday 13's - The Dixie Dead, that I'm not completely happy with. One for the new Eternal Tears of Sorrow plus a couple of others that I'm throwing ideas together for. If you think that's bad go look at my scrobble count lol



CaptainDooRight
February 21st 2013


29905 Comments


have a pos for humility

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2013


7097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Am i really humbling people, or should I be humble to people?

DirtBagDan
February 21st 2013


582 Comments


great review dude, have a pos. will check this out

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2013


8371 Comments


There are still some weird commas thrown around by you, but in general, this review is already much, much better grammatically than The Fall Of Every Season one. And, since those two are written so closely together, I'd say it all comes down to commitment and attention to detail in your case. For this review, I'll definitely give you a pos.

Also, album is on my to-check list. Sounds promising.

DirtBagDan
February 21st 2013


582 Comments


its a good review

Wizard
February 21st 2013


19517 Comments


Might give this a listen, they were certainly onto something with their last album. Great review, your writing style has certainly tightened up over the past couple of months. Maybe it's time to make you a contrib?

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FearThyEvil
February 21st 2013


12625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll probably look into this.

DirtBagDan
February 21st 2013


582 Comments


137 fucking reviews...

alachlahol
February 21st 2013


7501 Comments


tell us more how the music is like a giant gorilla under a full moon

Cimnele
February 21st 2013


359 Comments


yeah this is an ok record, i like the way the music always has a little EVIL to it... lots of sludge bands go too atmospheric and just end up sounding like a well-amplified vacuum cleaner but these songs have an edge

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2013


7097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys : ] As per usual Magnus, feel free : ]

greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2013


7421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

This kicks ass! Great review.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2013


7097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad you enjoyed it as much as I do Greg.



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