DEMO EP REVIEW
There Is Nothing Smaller Than Salt is the debut demo by K.I.A. a four piece band based in the county of Hertfordshire, England. They produce a rather unusual and distinct sound that is quite refreshing against the backdrop of so many Korn and Slipknot mimics, and in their song writing they sound like they have a desire for innovation and invention.
BiPolar and How Many Hours? absorb you in a pleasant mix of mystical melody and haunting hard edged rock. Your attention becomes centred on the vocals, which have the potential to be breathtaking, but perhaps just needs a little coaching to get them there. Abstruse yet natural, they bind the energy of the songs together with enigmatic melody and give an inviting ethereal ambience that keeps you listening. The third track Skaface diversifies and has an essence of funk injected into an entwining cauldron of atmospheric rock that also suggests a tinge from the east.
Although the sound quality is no more than you would expect from a demo, these are worthy songs each filled with emotion, feeling and soul. They display a well-balanced mix of heavy guitars and vibrancy but keeping the emphasis on memorable melodic passages and vocals. Entrusting more from hard rock than metal, K.I.A demonstrate that they have plenty of promise with this recording. Their sound has character and is admirably different although perhaps sometimes just a little na´ve. Unfortunately, you only get a small taste of K.I.A with these three tracks but they have the effect of leaving you wanting to hear more. We hope so.
|Rigsby (14th July, 2002)
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