So it's no wonder that new bands pop up and new compositions are being released on a daily basis. Not that Krane is that new, the band was formed in 2012, but because the band fell on hard times, 'Pleonexia' might as well be seen as a new beginning for these Swiss.
Their first album 'Ouroboros' never made it to the big leagues. Due to line-up changes Krane only played a few gigs. Later, their rehearsal and recording studio flooded, leaving the founding members in a bit of a rut. But, as they say, blood is thicker than water and Krane stubbornly carried on. They found new members and started recording the follow up. Now, perhaps it is indeed time for these guys to climb on the bigger stages in Europe and beyond.
Although 'Pleonexia' might not really be an absolute standout in today's post rock/metal scene, it's definitely a well executed piece of music. I guess we have all heard this kind of stuff before, especially if you like to listen to bands like Russian Circles, Cult Of Luna and Isis. Krane safely walks with the giants, perhaps hoping that one day they will find their own niche within this scene. The result is simply a masterfully crafted album with a bunch of beautiful post rock tunes.
There are some definite gems top be found here too. 'II - Operational Level' is simply epic, a vast and immersive piece of instrumental music, perfectly suited for a festival like Dunk! or ArcTanGent. I'm absolutely sure that this track, and most of the others, will be an absolute blast. The build-up is perfect, the heavy pieces are excellent headbanging material and the vocal samples are a great addition. Not only here, but throughout the entire album.
The verdict? Well, even though I have heard this before, I will still recommend this album to all post rock/metal fans out there. It has got all the highs and lows you might expect. There are some magnificent and downright epic passages. It's simply a valuable addition to your ever growing post whatever collection. Personally, I hope that Krane will now finally get their breakthrough. They really deserve it.