King Crimson creates the music of dystopia and it has never been so exhilarating. The venerable English progressive rock icons, now celebrating 50 years since the release of their debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King. Despite not having released a new studio album since 2003’s The Power to Believe, the band continues on in an expanded edition, led by the only remaining founding member, guitarist Robert Fripp.
Coming into a nearly full house at The Met in Philadelphia, Krimson assayed music from across their catalog, most notably with signature tracks from In the Court and the Larks Tongue in Aspic eras of the band. King Crimson is a cruising assault of staccato rhythm shifts, banshee guitar solos and deliriously ecstatic free-jazz saxophone, except when it’s exquisitely beautiful, like their take on “Islands”, a resplendent, romantic, pastoral ballad, words not usually associated with the band.