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CRYING OF THE WHALES

Abarax

 

Crossover Prog

3.29 | 43 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars True symphonic German band. Very ecological (remember Don't Kill The Whale ?). Main theme of their album is the defense of the whales.

Mixing politics and prog rock does not happen that much which is a good thing I believe. But as long as the concern is mother nature I see nothing wrong in doing so.

It is also a major point of interest in Germany (not the whales but environment in general). The suite "Crying Of The Whales" (two parts for a total of more than 18 minutes) is very melodic and at times "spacey" (reminds me often of Land's End).

Second part has an intro la "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (you would agree that there are worse references, right ?). It is the most accomplish and the best track here. The spacey moments are present as well in the mini-suite "The Journey - Journey's End". Same Land's End (early period) influences.

Vocals are not great but above average for a German band although this problem really arises in the short tracks "The Tears of the Whales" and "Salty Sting". Text is more read that sung. The longest track "Whale Massacre" is quite emotional and pessimistic. Shall we really let that happen ? Wonderful guitar solo to close the number.

Same applies to "Nature's Choice" with good vocals as well. "Point of No Return" is the most rocky song. Kansas like (not only due to its title). This is a well balanced track : instrumental & vocals perfectly combined. Same type of construction for "All These Walls" : mellow vocal intro that leads to a brilliant guitar solo. This is symphonic at his best. Maybe lacking of personality but still a very good first effort.

Four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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