Album review

Kenso - Fabulis Mirabilibus De Bombycosis Scriptis

Tokyo guitarist Yoshihisa Shimizu began Kenso in 1976, and 26 years on his successful dental practice doesn't prevent him leading possibly the world's finest prog band. There's twiddliness and cinematic ambition in abundance, but you also get punk energy, cut-throat riffs and co-opting of grunge ("Fist Of Fury"), gamelan ("Muhon") and live drum'n'bass ("Taro-To-lu-lkikata"). This is what prog was always meant to be.

Rating: 4 / 10


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