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Kong is a Dutch progressive metal band from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The band's debut album, "Mute Poet Vocalizer", was released in 1990 and remixed for a 2016 25th Anniversary edition.

The most recent album, "Stern", was released in 2014.

(Biography by VerticalUprising on November 2, 2014)

Thanks to Time Signature for the addition and graphix, tupan, Bosh66, VerticalUprising for the updates

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KONG Mute Poet Vocalizer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mute Poet Vocalizer
Progressive Metal 1990
KONG Phlegm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Progressive Metal 1992
KONG Push Comes to Shove album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Push Comes to Shove
Progressive Metal 1995
KONG EARMINeD album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Progressive Metal 1997
KONG Freakcontrol album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Progressive Metal 1999
KONG What It Seems Is What You Get album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
What It Seems Is What You Get
Progressive Metal 2009
KONG Merchants of Air album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Merchants of Air
Progressive Metal 2012
KONG Stern album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Progressive Metal 2014

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KONG live albums

KONG Live Intro Tracks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Intro Tracks
Progressive Metal 2009
KONG Live at FZW album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at FZW
Progressive Metal 2012

KONG demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

KONG Konjunction album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Progressive Metal 1993

KONG re-issues & compilations

KONG 88·95 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Progressive Metal 2001
KONG Outtakes & Rarities 88​-​97 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Outtakes & Rarities 88​-​97
Progressive Metal 2001
KONG Remixes 93​-​99 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Remixes 93​-​99
Progressive Metal 2001
KONG Compilation 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Compilation 2014
Progressive Metal 2014

KONG singles (1)

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Ditch / Herk
Progressive Metal 1995

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KONG What It Seems Is What You Get

Album · 2009 · Progressive Metal
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'What It Seems Is What You Get' - Kong (5/10)

A hiatus throughout the better part of a decade, and the Dutch instrumental rock/metal group Kong is back . Having changed most of their lineup since the band's early days, the band here may very well be a different act, were it not for the trademark sound that has been preserved over the years. Kong is a band best known for its heavy-laden instrumental rock, often fusing in electronic samples and ambiance to enrich the sound. With 'What It Seems Is What You Get', Kong delivers more of their sound, and as someone who has not heard their music before this, they are not ones to give a most excellent first impression. Not even taking into account the length that Kong fans were waiting for this record to come out, 'What It Seems Is What You Get' is something of a shallow and incoherent album, but for what it gives, Kong's atmospheric sound still makes the album worth a recommendation to those who find themselves drawn to the particular sound.

Not a great deal can be said about the songwriting here. The riffs are kept fairly bland and simplistic, and although a few songs prove to be a pleasant exception, the songs rarely feel like they go anywhere, instead being content to dawdle along in one place. Luckily, the sound that drives these songs is very nicely put together, often using jam-friendly guitar licks and electronics both highly reminiscent of Porcupine Tree's instrumental material. The guitar tones can feel a little too polished, but then again, the guitars are not the reason one listens to Kong in the first place. Instead, the best thing about Kong are the electronics, which aren't anything groundbreaking, but always manage to counter the crunch of the guitars with lots of atmosphere. Besides that, the drums here are also quite impressive, once again reminding me of Gavin Harrison's work in Porcupine Tree.

Most of the songwriting still feels bland despite the nice presentation the band gives it, but a few tracks do stand out. Among these, 'The Last Hunt', and the very good closer 'Factorum Inconstantum', both of which manage to build up into something quite good. Overall, Kong creates a lukewarm music experience with 'What It Seems Is What You Get', and true to the albums title, there's not much to dig into here past the surface.

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