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Kalaban — Resistance Is Useless
(Syn-Phonic SYNCD 11, 1993, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1993-10-01

Resistance Is Useless Cover art

The long-awaited second release by this Utah based five piece is well worth the waiting; they have produced an outstanding album that is at once very forward looking, while also being reasonably accessible – and a major step forward from their 1990 release Don't Panic. The key to Kalaban's sound lies primarily in the dynamics between keys man Michael Stout and guitarist Randy Graves, with strong and precise backing from the rhythm section. The sound travels between heavy, spacy, and moody segments, well arranged and full of energy and atmosphere, into freewheeling jams that border on edgy, approaching Djam Karet in their high energy mode. Only two of the album's five tracks feature vocalist David Thomas, who offers the perspective of accessibility, but even at that, these two numbers are first and foremost instrumental tracks. In summary, this is an album that must be heard to be appreciated, and definitely shows that Kalaban are major players in the progressive scene today.


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