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Kurgan's Bane


Progressive Metal

3.34 | 14 ratings

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3 stars 3.5 stars really

Kurgan's Bane is one of the forgotten and totaly unknown prog bands from USA with 3 albums under their belt so far. I don't know if they are still active today. Formed in mid 90 by brothers Jeff and Pete Laramee, the drumer and guitarist Kurgan's Bane didn't make any ripples around them with their first album Search from sea to sea, only from the second offer who came 3 years later in 2000 named The future lies broken the media become more intrested in their music. I like what I've heared here, the brothers are quite good, specially Pete is great on guitar and the bass is very proeminent on some pieces + they have a very strong female singer Lisa Francis, who really shine here, she has some very smooth and great vocal lines on every pieces, but specially on opening track and on Just Look At Me Now a beautiful pieces with marvelous vocal parts. Instrumental speaking the band is something between Rush here and there, some even neo elements thrown in and some almost prog metal ingredients appear on some pieces, but in the end they don't sound at all like a prog metal band, they are very similar in aproach with Leger de Main for example.The musicianship is more then ok, I like the guitar parts and aswell some intresting keyboards, what I don't really like is the sound, is to flat and unpolished, for this kind of music and I mean progressive rock where each instrument needs space and crystal sound to be really appreciated, here is not the case, the sound and how was mixed the album is like from a third rate band from Venezuela. All in all the music is good, despite the flat empty sound. 3.5 stars for sure. Also more then half of the band plays in Sonus Umbra, the bass player, the drumer and Lisa Francis aswell, Pete Laramee optaining for a solo career and is quite a great guitarist.

b_olariu | 3/5 |


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