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OUT OF THE BARNYARD

Fright Pig

 

Symphonic Prog

3.99 | 197 ratings

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Ivan_Melgar_M
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Symphonic Prog Specialist
5 stars A pig that won't end it's days as bacon

Let's be honest, when Out of the Barnyard was suggested and read the musicians pseudonyms all related with pigs, thought that this was another bad joke and only listened it because it's my duty, but in the moment the music started my opinion changed in 180 degrees. For God's sake, the record is not only is elaborate, intelligent, daring, but also like a breeze of fresh air......This is how modern Symphonic must sound..After 30 years of Prog listening, I should have learned not to judge a band for their eccentricities, because this weird characteristics are part of what makes them unique and brilliant.

The album is opened by Re Creation, and at this point I'm already speechless, after a soft and mysterious introduction where Pig Maillion demonstrates the versatility of his voice, they shoot us with heavy artillery, the band gives everything they have, from some sort Indie related Prog, to lush keyboard sections, acoustic guitars and almost metallic riffs with nice choirs and strong melodies, but blended in such way that nothing sounds out of place, this is a brilliant opening.

I've been searching a phrase to describe Incident At Pembroke, but after several listens, I could only think in something like "Frantic Symphonic-Celtic Prog Metal with Flamenco Leanings", yes I know that this makes the same sense as an astronaut in a barnyard, but if you listen the track, everything is coherent, the blend of such incompatible genres is made with such good taste and dexterity that I can't imagine changing a single note. One word to describe it....BRILLIANT.

The Meaning of Dreams is some sort of SYMPHONY X nightmare (But hey I like nightmares), as if the FRIGHT PIG had taken the best from The Odyssey, and added GENTLE GIANT dissonances plus a bit of GENESIS, simply delightful. A special mention to the guitar work, really broke all my schemes.

I won't make comparisons with the Ozzy song, Barque at the Lune is on another league, from the nice piano intro to the elaborate synths and killer guitar, you can feel the quality, a perfect blend between Symphonic, Classical piano and Heavy Prog, make of this song one of my favorites of the album.

Darkest of Forms is a Proghead's dream, just ask for something and you'll find it, and works perfectly when placed side to side with the contradictory (again, contradictory is good) guitar based Presumido (Cocky) with the collision between Flamenco and Hard Rock, two tracks that must be listened together. No matter how hard I try, can't find a weak moment in the album.

The Claustrophobia Of Time is the cherry on top of that pie called Out of the Barnyard, one of the best tracks I heard in the last years, don't want to spoil the listener's experience with cheap words, so will just recommend to listen that Hammond.

I Never give 5 stars to a debut, because there's no worst course for a new band than a brilliant album to start their career, but this time I will make an exception, because any lower rating would be unfair, and I'm 100% sure that FRIGHT PIG will be able to pass the bar they set so high with this outstanding record.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 5/5 |

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