Band: Karda Estra

CD Title: Infernal Spheres

Website: www.kardaestra.co.uk   

Label: Believers Roast Records (2017)

Rating: Great Stuff 4/5



Richard Wileman and crew are back, this time with another full-length album entitled Infernal Spheres. Itís a forty-three minute collection of ten instrumental compositions that point us to the heavens. In fact itís a bit of a cautionary tale about what might be lurking in the shadows of space, and there are certainly plenty of shadowy places in space. Karda Estraís chamber rock musical pallet lends itself to the subject matter so well. Iíve often remarked how their haunting sounds make a perfect soundtrack to a science-fiction movie in my head. Wileman has enlisted the help of eight others to bring his musical vision to life in songs ranging in length from as short as 1:36 to as long as 6:45. All the usual sonic reference points are here with lead lines delivered by clarinets, oboes and saxophone. And where else but in a Chamber Prog combo would you ever get to hear the sounds of Bouzoukiís and Zithers? Feel wise, there are many expected moments of haunting, moody atmospheric music: this is music about space with lots of atmospheric space in it, but there are some new feels as well. A song like ďSolar RivieraĒ [6:42] features a more upbeat, sixties, Brian Wilson-ish vibe with a touch more major notes and chords. There are a couple other pieces that inject this feel as well and yet, around every corner there remains a sinister musical mood that matches the creative thoughts behind the music of Infernal Spheres. If youíve never listened to the music of Karda Estra you really do owe it to yourself to take the time to do so. Itís the kind of music that creates a world of its own; unique, adventurous and yet equally introspective. Recommended