KONG
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KONG

Dordrecht, South Holland, Netherlands | INDIE

Dordrecht, South Holland, Netherlands | INDIE
Band Alternative Metal

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Apr
24
KONG @ Brancaleone

Rome, Not Applicable, Italy

Rome, Not Applicable, Italy

Jan
30
KONG @ FZW

Dortmund, Not Applicable, Germany

Dortmund, Not Applicable, Germany

Jan
23
KONG @ 013

Tilburg, Not Applicable, Netherlands

Tilburg, Not Applicable, Netherlands

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.... for Kong it's just another excuse to excel in what they do best, surprising the fuck out of you. [....] Their triumph however was everyone else's confusion, a sensory overload that left people seeing swirly, swirly colours; a drug-free acid trip that lasted the duration of their performance.
- Rocksound


KONG is back! Years after perplexing the world with their groove and sample-laden instrumental stew, the world's only "quadrophonic" band (the four musicians each play in one corner of a room, with the audience in the middle) has been resurrected and, despite a mostly new lineup, has picked up where they left off. On the radar of more open-minded metalheads for their stint on the Peaceville label, which resulted in the cult classic "Phlegm" record, this Amsterdam quartet remains a quizzical unknown to all but the most faithful.

For those who do know KONG's vibe, don't expect a major departure — they're still creating cool, sprawling little mini-soundscapes with peaks, valleys and plenty of jazzy groove and heavy riffs bouncing off drum breaks and hypnotic bass lines. There seems to be a more direct, guitar-oriented approach nowadays, a little more urgent and live, with more soloing, more red-meat rock jamming and less reliance on samples to carry songs (though they're still there, and certainly add a lot of atmospheric elements).

The overall effect remains the same, though. In a perfect world, KONG would score every quirky, fast-paced, impossibly hip indie flick that came along — no, scratch that. KONG would make albums like "What It Seems Is What You Get", and then films would be made around the songs. It's hard not to picture heists, car chases, foreign bazaars, and long, drug-addled drives through Technicolor deserts while in the grip of the band's cinematic sonic sprawl (especially in headphones). Time signatures shift and change with effortless, slinky abandon, guitar melodies come and go, bass lines throb, and the whole thing just cooks with an energy that's as elemental and from-the-gut as it is cerebral.

I'll go out on a limb and say that some of the more curious fans of tangentially metallic prog, from OSI to the works of Devin Townsend, would really dig KONG, given exposure to their subversive, seductive sound. Nothing here is technically dazzling — that's not the point — but they put these quirky elements together in a way we haven't heard since, well, since they did it last time. Definitely something off the beaten path, for those looking for a refreshing break from the ordinary — hard to explain, but easy to love, and highly recommended. Welcome back, lads, and we'll take more when you've got it! - Blabbermouth.net


Discography

What It Seems Is What You Get (2009)
88•95 (Compilation 2001)
Freakcontrol (1999)
Earmined (1997)
Push Comes To Shove (1995)
Phlegm (1992)
Mute Poet Vocalizer (1990)

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KONG is back! The Amsterdam based quadraphonic quartet released a new album which blends all elements of their unconventional style into a heavier and more intense musical collage than ever before. The sound and atmosphere refer and expand on the earlier works of KONG where sampling and electronica played a less prominent role. Still the music contains a lot of weird samples and loops and maintains it's high groove-and-dance factor.

KONG started out in 1988 and soon drew international attention with their unscrupulous mix of heavy metal, progressive rock, electronica, and the avant-garde - all of it backed up by extensive sampling and quirky sound effects. Adding to their unusual approach, KONGÂ’s music is 99 percent instrumental, and performed quadraphonically, with each member of the group positioned on a small stage in a corner of the venue and the audience in the middle. With this concept KONG tours regularly all across Europe, drawing widespread attention from in-the-know critics and building a selective but dedicated audience.
After a break of almost seven years bassist and co-founder Mark Drillich revived the band and attracted new recruits Tijs Keverkamp (guitar), Mandy Hopman (drums) and David Kox (guitar).

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