KARIBOW

Prog - - The Musical Box - NS

Highly pro­lific Ger­mans’ se­cond stu­dio re­lease of 2018.

For stu­dio pur­poses, these days Karibow is es­sen­tially the in­creas­ingly pro­duc­tive Ger­man mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal­ist Oliver Rüs­ing, MOn­u­MENTO be­ing the se­cond Karibow al­bum this year (and a dou­ble disc). Re­cent al­bums have fea­tured as­sorted lu­mi­nar­ies from Saga (Michael Sadler and Jim Gil­mour) and South­ern Em­pire/ Damanek (Daniel Lo­presto, Sean Timms and Marek Arnold). This time round he’s en­listed for­mer Kar­nataka singer Hay­ley Grif­fiths, Life­signs main­man John Young and Mys­tery gui­tarist Michel St-Père, cov­er­ing plenty of mu­si­cal bases with a prin­ci­pal fo­cus on melodic prog and the odd foray into prog metal, rem­i­nis­cent of their coun­try­men Syl­van and the sadly long-de­funct Everon. The first disc, Mo­ments, com­prises shorter songs book­ended by the longer open­ing ti­tle track and clos­ing song Elay. District Of Dig­nity is the stand­out, el­e­vated by Grif­fiths who duets with Rüs­ing. The se­cond disc, Mon­u­ments, finds Karibow stretch­ing out on two mul­ti­part tracks and in­cludes Rüs­ing slip­ping back into his na­tive tongue on A Fairy Tale. Aside from some clunky lyrics and few Eu­ros more needed to en­hance the pro­duc­tion, the ev­er­im­prov­ing act merit a higher pro­file.

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