The Eye Of Needle
posted on 6/2012 By:
France’s Klone first formed over 15 years ago, and the music on The Eye Of Needle is pretty compelling evidence that they are still mining mid-90s alt metal for inspiration. The EP is dominated by massive, simplified riffing, an emphasis on groove and texture, and melodious vocals. And for the most part it is an effective, if wholly derivative, trip into a bygone era.
First and foremost, it bears emphasis that Klone vocalist Yann Ligner sounds a whole helluva lot like Maynard James Keenan, and as a result it is impossible to separate one’s thoughts of this EP from Tool. Luckily, he sounds like Keenan in a very good way, understanding and implementing all of the little inflections and dynamic touches to add variation even through the repetitious moments. His vocals are the centerpiece, but the rest of the band gives him quality backdrops over which to croon with subdued rage.
As for the songs themselves, “Part 1” is set up as a terraced crescendo, growing constantly but offering a few massive hits to announce new heights. The track continues its climb, constantly adding more texture, vocal layers, and even a touch of sax before the final minutes explore their own space as if in reflection. While this “exploration of space” method works to the advantage of the first track, it does the opposite for the second. “Part 2” is a higher high octane alt-metal track, focusing more on aggression than dynamics. Much of it is quite engaging – it features more great Maynardisms from Ligner – but when it tries to do the same type of reflection as the first song it comes across more as an excuse for not writing a proper ending to the EP.
Yes, it’s a tad ironic that their name is Klone and this sounds a crapload like Tool, but The Eye Of Needle is still a good little EP that fans of either band – emulator or emulated – ought to find value in. It has its faults, but shit, so did the last Tool album. Plus, that mythical second Wintersun album will probably arrive before another full-length by Maynard and co., so you might as well start reaching for the copycats.
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