Indukti - Idmen

8 songs
63:18 minutes
***** ****


It’s unfair to compare every Polish progressive rock band to Riverside, even if the latter are doubtlessly those who made their native scene popular outside their country. It may not have helped that Riverside vocalist Mariusz Duda took vocal duties on two songs of Indukti’s debut S.U.S.A.R. Since then four years have gone by, and Indukti have worked hard on the material of their sophomore effort Idmen. They are still basically an instrumental quintet, although this time once again they invited guest vocalists, although from different bands.

Idmen starts with the eight minute long Sansara, a hard rocking progressive rocker with a definite metal edge, that due to its extensive violin use reminds strongly of early- to mid-Seventies King Crimson when David Cross (not the comedian, but the violinist) was a part of the band. The following Tusan Homichi Tuvota features none other than Nils Frykdahl of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum on the microphone. Initiated prog fans know that this man sports at the moment the mightiest organ in the business, and it helps to make this nine minute epic a threatening piece of dark prog. The short Sunken Bell segues into the ten minute long And Who's The God Now?!... with vocals performed by Maciej Taff from Polish metal band Rootwater. He does an equally excellent job like Frykdahl before him. The remaining vocal track is the six minute long Nemesis Voices with Michael Luginbuehl from Swiss band Prisma, giving that track an undeniable Tool touch.

The instrumental tracks combine the searing viciousness of King Crimson from a time when they released classics like Larks’ Tongues In Aspic and Starless And Bible Black with a haunting Eastern European folk flair, emphasised by the occasional use of the saz, a Middle Eastern string instrument. I can’t understand, apart from sharing the same country of origin, why anyone would want to compare Indukti to Riverside. I personally even prefer the less commercial and more colourful approach of this quasi-instrumental five-piece that tries hard and with success to combine quality progressive rock / metal with an ethic atmosphere. Those in search of something definitely different are at the right address with Indukti.

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