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L'ASCENSIONE

Roz Vitalis

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.32 | 22 ratings

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XPEHOPE3KA
3 stars I've been visiting their concerts for two years already and finally I'm able to listen to their early albums. I prepared for something awful since I knew the drums were programmed here. Well, they do sound programmed, less lively, but they are complex enough and provide enough drive when needed. I can even say that's the best drum programming I heard.

This is mostly a keyboards + drums work. The obvious highlights are the first lengthy part of "Repentance" which has enough might and drive to blow people away just like they can do at concerts, and main keyboard solos in "The unpurified substance of a soul" and "Ascension dream" which reward close attention with colorful mood. But there are some downsides here. Not enough instruments, may and will sound monotonous. The longer tracks, neither impresses me as a whole, probably because neither is "whole" enough. Heavy-to-mellow transitions are abrupt, mellow-to-heavy - can't remember any. Mellow parts sometimes develop with too subtle changes to keep me focused, i.e. the second part of "Repentance".

It would be very interesting to see this rerecorded or played live with their current rockier lineup though.

XPEHOPE3KA | 3/5 |

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