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Review: Rikk Eccent - The Garden Of Delights (2013)

Artist: Rikk Eccent
Album: The Garden Of Delights
Year: 2013
Label: Running Moose

Review: Diego Camargo

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Thoughts: Rikk Eccent is a new name in the music world. I have been completely unaware of it. In fact, it is  pretty complicated to find it anywhere in the web.
Rikk Eccent is a project of musician, songwriter and producer Kimmo Salmela. His first album is called The Garden Of Delights (2013) and it was released in March 2013 by the, also Finnish, label Running Moose.

Kimmo Salmela, the man behind the band, deals with everything on the album: guitars, keyboard and programming. He also wrote, arranged, produced and engineered everything. Those who know a bit about music from Finland will recognize him, since  his skills helped to define the sound of bands as diverse as Poverty Stinks, Päät and JSS.
In fact, the work with the variety of bands makes the sound in The Garden Of Delights (2013) quite unique in style and in genre.
The album has a style, but at least for me, there’s nothing really to compare it with. The mixing of guitar driven music, Synth Pop, Prog Rock and loads of keyboards and programming make it sound pretty ‘weird’  in comparison to any other band right now.

I must say that the work in The Garden Of Delights (2013) didn’t appeal to me at all during the first listening. I really find it hard to appreciate music with too much programming, especially in the rhythm sections.
But, I was kinda caught when the first track, ‘The Garden Of Delights (Intro)’, began. I’ll do something which I usually don’t do in my reviews and quote the lyrics here:

"Maximise your market value today
nevermind the product
and you'll be ok", they say
Beautiful packages we're delivered each day
But where's the soul, brother?”

If you follow my reviews, you know that these words match with my thoughts concerning the modern music, including prog rock because that’s all you get nowadays. Hype and pretty packages with no soul. I know that Kimmo wasn’t really talking about music. But it fits like a glove.


Following it we have ‘The Road To Oblivion’, that reminded me a bit of Riverside in the beginning. Possibly my favorite track on the album.
Then he goes forward with ‘Freefallin’’ and I must say that this most straight Rock he does on this first two tracks is very interesting.

His music can be considered experimental, like in ‘Lone Kid Wolf', but it is far away from being non sense experimental music with no goals.
Soon after that, in ‘Money Pie’ you get some kind of acoustic guitar blues that soon changes to some space driven music. Lyrics are quite interesting too, I must say.

‘It Will All Make Senses In The End’ reminded me of the 80’s bands. Some of the so called Synth Pop were brave enough to change their sound towards the end of that decade and create some interesting works. This song makes me think about that. Lots of ‘musical noises’ for the ones that like to be musical detectives here.
‘Hard Work’ follows the same path, full of programing drums and guitar riffs. If not for the great guitars in it, the track would be a bit faded.

‘Nexus’ finishes The Garden Of Delights (2013) as the longest track on the album, with a bit more than eight and a half minutes. It is also the most atmospheric of all the tracks. Hypnotic drumming, programming and some great special guitars. There’s a solo, around the middle of the track, quite daring, I cannot say if it’s a guitar synth or the synth itself! I liked the bits with people noises, like steps and conversations far away.

In general, The Garden Of Delights (2013) is a complete puzzle for ears. It’s quite hard to put Rikk Eccent in any category. Is it Prog? Isn’t it? I would say yes!
But what really matters, is that the final product here is quite good. Kimmo Salmela managed to put all these different musical styles and influences within the same album, added some great guitars, some very good lyrics and there you have it!

The Garden Of Delights (2013) deserves a good listening.

The band was included in our Podcast #20 and you can listen the track 'It Will All Make Sense In The End' HERE.
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