Dec. 28, 2018


Share This Review


Connect with KEOR


Listen to KEOR

The Pitch: "Emotionally explosive, semi-orchestral, eclectic progressive music, recorded in a cave far inside the misty mountains" from French solo project KEOR. FFO: Opeth, Between The Buried And Me, Cryptodira

What I Like: KEOR is a very impressive project in scope, especially when considering it is entirely written and produced solo by one Victor Miranda Martin. He had some support from a few guest musicians and on mastering, but other than that it's all Victor. What transpires is an expansive journey through a wide variety of styles and sounds. I wasn't sure what to make of it at first, but patience was rewarded once the unmistakeably Opethian guitar hooks kicked in about halfway through the 11+ minute opener. There's a lot of slow burn to this album that I started to equate with certain BTBAM albums; but really, Petrichor is in a league of its own. I was especially entranced but the whimsical Spanish guitar-meets-Danny Elfman soundtrack approach of "Snivel By The Pond." Just set your expectations in the right place: much of this album is not "metal" per se.

Critiques: On that last point, I would have liked to hear a few faster, heavier movements. I just tend to prefer my music with a little more octane. Even so, it rarely detracted much from the overall experience and ultimately made closing opus "Abyssal Bloom" hit all the harder.

The Verdict: If you enjoy everything from Coma Ecliptic and Damnation to A Night At The Opera and the Edward Scissor Hands soundtrack, KEOR perfectly fills that strange little niche. It's a unique experience that I don't expect to hear more than once, and I'm thankful for having the opportunity to share it with you intrepid explorers out there.

Flight's Fav's: Abyssal Bloom, Snivel By The Pond, The Nest Of Evil

SUBSCRIBE to our Trench Talk Podcast on iTunes, Castbox, YouTube, and BitChuteYou can also like and follow us on the social media of your choice with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon.

Subscribe to our Weekly Newsletter for Updates on New Content