Exposé Online banner

Kurgans Bane — Camouflaged in Static
((Not on label) no#, 2005, CD)

by Mac Beaulieu, Published 2006-05-01

Camouflaged in Static Cover artOn the basis of this, their third disc, Kurgan’s Bane needs something extra. Perhaps they don’t want it but there it is. Camouflaged in Static seems a somewhat naked disc, occupying a place somewhere in the hard rock realm and flirting with metal. A couple of lengthier tracks veer more firmly into metal, though at that they don’t stand out from the pack to make a defining statement. The core band of guitar, bass, and drums are certainly up to the task technically, but they often drag themselves along for mostly uninspiring vocal sections. Unfortunately, there are plenty of instrumental breaks where they don’t excite either. They do occasionally gather steam, but this could also be a contextual impression formed against the self-similar, paint-by-numbers melodies that appear throughout. “Surface,” with similar tempo and compositional variants, almost seems an inferior job of self-plagiarism when I remember the album opener, “I’m Alive,” which itself turns out to be a good song due to its picking up some passion along the way. Perhaps noting this caused them to change the last refrain of “of the night” to “I’m alive” as an attempt to tie the songs together. Or perhaps vocalist Lisa Francis added it out of habit. It could be that my less than stellar impression could result from a lack of interest in the field in which they’re operating, or it could be that the disc is a bit on the banal side. Take your pick.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Kurgan's Bane

Latest news

2019-12-11
There's No Time Like the Present – The Belgian band Present has been one of the best avant-rock bands in the world since its formation in 1979. Over the years since then, Present has released nine amazing albums, and now they're ready to start work on number ten. They're looking for some financial help from their fans around the world. » Read more

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Dan Ar Bras - Douar Nevez 'Terre Nouvelle' – Finally, the long-awaited reissue of Dan Ar Bras' compelling first album. This is a very unique music, with wide-ranging influences, all served up in an inventive mix of moods and styles that pleases...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues