"S.U.S.A.R." (The Laser's Edge; 2005)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

One of the things I always hope for when reviewing material for Rough Edge is that every now and then I get something that is progressive and heavy with a fresh sound that can defy easy categorization. And it’s even better with it can invigorate my mind. Those discovery points are far and few between, but it makes my day when they arrive.

Indukti is a Polish band that has released their debut album “S.U.S.A.R.” on The Laser’s Edge label. The Laser’s Edge, as well as their sister labels Sensory and Free Electric Sound, has been steadily garnering a great reputation over the years with bands like Somnambulist, Wobbler, NovAct, Spiral Architect, Gordian Knot, Zero Hour, Woodenhead, and At War With Self producing quality music.

Indukti have combined elements of Tool, King Crimson, Opeth, O.S.I., and classical music into a sonic brew that is quite intoxicating. “S.U.S.A.R.” takes the cerebral side of heavy metal and gives it a fresh injection of originality.

“S.U.S.A.R.” features what I would call a romantic musical landscape whereby the listener often loses sight of where a song began once the song concludes – the leadoff track “Freder” is a good example of this. Traditional rock gets a need facelift as well with “Cold Inside … I” and “Shade” merging Pearl Jam-styled emotion and modern rock idioms into an intriguing mix. Progressive rock/metal is showcased with “No. 11812,” “Uluru,” and “No. 11811” as tracks that extend an already uplifting journey into an intertwined tapestry of guitars, piano, classical instruments, as well as controlled and seemingly chaotic feedback and slight dissonance. Disc closer “… And Weak II” revisits the melodic themes of “Cold Inside … I” and takes them to uncharted waters.

“S.U.S.A.R.” is impressive and the most pleasant surprise of 2005 that I’ve heard so far this year.

“S.U.S.A.R.” was produced by Indukcja. The recording was done in a live setting in the studio which gives the overall presentation an organic feel that most progressive albums lack.

INDUKTI: Ewa Jablonska on vocals, Piotr Kocimski and Maciej Jaskiewicz on guitars, Maciek Adamczyk on bass, and Wawryniec Dramowicz on drums. Featured guests include Mariusz Duda of Riverside on vocals and Anna Faber on harp.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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