Ako Doma - Ako Doma (special)

Ako Doma's music is a scoop of less known prog rock, but also has its impurities or its "new-culture" leanings. Despite that it isn't hard to get their works, it's on the other hand a bit hard to savor them completely, every spin taking you deep in liking their art and, more important, hearing the progressive roar (which is heard the first times surprisingly raw, even if present), but leaving something unresolved. This applies for everything done by the band. Their self-titled album dates from 1999, done at a late mark of six years since the ensemble formed. Quite short, EP-ish, lasting only 30 rounded-up minutes, having to offer only five tracks, of an average 5-6 minutes (the longest lasts 8). Inside Ako Doma's overall achievements, this ain't no soft in-search-of-identity debut, but a kick-off into decent, solid, characteristic feature the band will use, in the same way, afterwards. Judging by the style, the Slovakian quintet is clearly a play-oriented group of musicians, though surpassing light measures and putting up some artistic thoughts, in certain spot, as well. The cult for progressiveness can be very well noticed and pointed down the structural section, inspiring a good note for achieved complexity, even if the naturally dense musicality could have opened to a deeper subtlety. The same cult, however, regarding how the music concretely sounds, can risk being a bit more arguable. In this tight format, Ako Doma is a performance affluent in vitality, profound in its instrumental identity, satisfactory in its melodic/dynamic steady print, while the no-keyboard quintet plays with the desire to prove a lot or at least to escape saying both mellow and loud/extreme things. Saxophonist Tatiana Siládiová is to take great credit, being actually a lead player, given the large & long, soothing and exciting in the same times done entries; the reply is served mostly by Jozef Stefanatný's guitar. Not to forget is Ivan Geso's decisive drumming. These being said, the 5 pieces we're dealing with on this album should mostly direct you towards an influenced, developed but reasonably crafted dark instrumental rock, with progressive timings and modern tinges, but also with a full side of jazzy, fusion-like or jam-initiated colors. Neither soft, neither ravenous, not at all bad, while a bit too casual, if honestly reviewed.

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