Reviews roundup – Kryptos vs. Second Relation vs. Arlo Hennings
Burn Up The Night
Aiiiee!!! It’s metal time. And that’s proper heavy metal. None of that namby pamby boy band stuff they punt out on Kerrap! TV all day long. No, Kryptos are the real deal.
And for that we’re heading off to the home of the West Indian Potato & Rape Oil Company in Bangalore, India. Yup it’s time for some Indian metal. And the follow-up to the 2012 release ‘Coils of Apollyon’ is a real treat for fans of true metal and NWOBHM throwbacks.
From the first track you’re rooting around for that decades old studded wristband to punch the air. And as they piledrive through the likes of “Full Throttle”, “One Shot To Kill” and “Waverider” you can’t help but be caught up in the music. They’ve got the musical chops and the riffs to pull it off, and the album is a joy from start to finish.
Long Branch Records
First off, this is not a new album by Eno called ‘Second Relation’. No, we’re off to Austria now for some progressive rock. Ish. Because Second Relations have a much broader palate than that as they dip into seventies classic rock, jazz fusion and all points inbetween for their modern take on the genre.
The time signatures are certainly intricate enough for fusion while the rhythms of tunes like “Labyrinth” and “Familiar Surroundings” would make many a Mahavishnu fan happy. But the melodies are more prog oriented as you’ll hear on “Rebirth”.
It’s their third album and on this showing there is no reason to think that they’re not going to make a name for themselves. Granted they’ll have to try that wee bit harder due to the variance of the music they’re offering but any prog fans with open ears and mind would do well to check them out.
Even though they’ve been on the for nearly a decade they’re all still in their early twenties so time is on their side.
Guitarlo – book review
Arlo Hennings has certainly been round the block a few times. From running away from home at 15 years old before falling in with some colouful sixties hippies, ending up at Woodstock before The Man pulled him back in.
But that wasn’t for him so he ran away from a life as a travelling salesman before stumbling into the music business, working with the likes of Al Jarreau and Shawn Phillips (spending two decades managing the latter). At one point he was personally invited by Nelson Mandela to serve as an official cultural ambassador to the new South Africa. Nowadays you’ll find running a label that specialises in Indonesian jazz. So a full life.
All of which is related in unflinching detail in this book. It’s quite an engaging read as you move from his childhood into encounters with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Hunter S. Thompson, the aforementioned Nelson Mandela and more. He doesn’t shy away from some of his failings but you do get the feel that he’d quite happily sell fridges to Eskimos given half a chance.
But through it all he seems to have a zest for life that puts me to shame. Give it a go, you’ll like it.