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ALMAGEST

Egyptian Kings

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.55 | 63 ratings

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Kotro
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2 stars Good Ambient, poor Progressive Rock

I was surprised to see a product from my own country getting such rave reviews, especially being a supposed Space-Rock act (one of my favorite prog sub-genres), so it became compulsory to give them a few spins. Oh how I wished I didn't: it would be better to live in ignorance and just smile at a portuguese attempt being so fairly rated.

First off, the genre: I really, really, don't think this album is progressive rock - to start with, it doesn't progress that much (the music(?) is basicaly the same troughout the album); also, it does not rock at all. Granted it is very spacey, but that alone cannot be sufficient to make you "progressive rock". In my honest opinion, it would fit better under "progressive electronic" - if that.

Quite frankly, after listening to it 5 times or so, I can't say this album is more than fiddling with keyboards, flute-blowing and video-game talk. At points it just sounds like one of those ambient CD's you pick out at your local supermarket. Certainly, there are a few nods at early Porcupine Tree - perhaps too much: in fact, the whole album sounds like the song Light Mass Prayer from PT's "Signify". It does manage to feel nice, if you are playing it in the background while doing something else. But its merits don't strech much further than that.

All in all, its good ambient, but poor progressive rock. I give one star for the production, which is very crisp indeed, half a star for being national, and another half for being available for free. Sorry guys.

Kotro | 2/5 |

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