Silent Scream Review

The Kolios Project aspires to do much, but between dreaming and doing lies maturity. A talent not completely present in the baggage of this ensemble, which took form through ads on various forums and has seen the participation of two members of Aghora in the role of "special guests," bassist Alan Goldstein and guitarist Santiago Dobles. Nonetheless, a certain deep complexity emerges from the profusion of ideas in their songwriting but which fails to deliver with conviction. With too much confusion arising from excessive use of diverse parts for their respective instruments, The Kolios Project often becomes entangled without being able to get a handle on the situation. Echoes of Gordian Knot and Ozric Tentacles in turn are heard on the four tracks presented here, among them "Forsaken" is the most convincing moment, where the band try to scamble up fusion scales, and where it seems that their ideas find a good thread and an able conductor to tie them together (with some credit to Fates Warning). The electro-acoustic melodies of "The Imponderable Land" are beautiful, but lack the connections to give it that sense of continuity and fluidity that, unfortunately, is a weak point of the group. The changes are unexpected, almost glued together, seeming to crowd out and overcome each other, a defect from which the extended "Black Sail" is not free, though constructed on a plan of interesting intentions. Though good in substance, the music of The Kolios Project needs greater care, especially regarding the "phases of change" in those crucial points that give compactness to complex compositions from a harmonic and structual point of view. A little like writing an article without conjunctions and punctutation and without logic, also arranging no indifferent lexical abilities and complexity of thought.

Translated from Silent Scream by Ryan Denzer-King