|Debut CD from Rob Reed (Magenta) and Andy Edwards (IQ, Frost) project
Format: CD / Released: 01/02/2016
Track Listing: 01. Cold Black Heart / 02. Tears / 03. Muzzled / 04. Slime / 05. I Will Make It Up With You / 06. To The Edge / 07. Beautiful World / 08. Slip Away / 09. Free
More information: Sign Of IV is the debut album from KIAMA. The band features Robert Reed (MAGENTA, KOMPENDIUM), along with Andy Edwards (IQ, ROBERT PLANT, FROST*), Luke Machin (MASCHINE, THE TANGENT) and Dylan Thompson (SHADOW OF THE SUN, THE REASONING).
“We drew from a pool of musical references from the early seventies who were primarily thought of as rock bands, but to me were responsible for some of the greatest ‘Prog’ epics. Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and “Stairway to Heaven. Rainbow’s “Stargazer” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” were the order of the day. There was no point in doing what each of us had done previously in our respective bands, the goal was to do something different . One ingredient that you find with these classic albums of the 70’s, was that the bands were not afraid to mix the styles of music up from track to track. On a Zeppelin or Queen album, each track would have a different feel, rock, folk, jazz, blues. This is something we were not afraid to do. we just did what we liked, so each track ended up with a different feel. These days albums are very linear, stay in one style and can be a little monotonous.”
Sign Of IV, recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studio, is skilfully written, with organic and spacious arrangements, nuances, mood changes and littered with sweet moments.