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THE TALE OF THE GOLDEN KING

The Psychedelic Ensemble

 

Neo-Prog

4.05 | 200 ratings

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cajapandora3
5 stars The anonymous multi-instrumentist artist beyond The Psychedelic Ensemble publishes his fourth album of pure symphonic rock concept, in which all subjects are bound to create a coherent narrative knot. The new album, full of a great dramatic spirit, is full of progressive proposals, both in form and in substance. The spectacular and magnificent compositions, developed from a melodic and dynamic sense, are full of references concerning the most forceful and legendary symphonic rock. We must add to all this some certain religious, classical and Renaissance music details in the arrangements and an evolution, backed up on an exquisite and very technical vocal epic interpretation, all based in long instrumental developments, full of bombastic keyboard solos, electric guitars played with great ease and the inclusion of attractive and graceful traditional instruments that enrich the music the group expresses as an epic genre of infinite possibilities. This musician is so enlightened and intelligent that knows how to build the themes from the melody and the musical drama to give us a result of a very high symphonic rock quality. Perhaps we are witnessing one of the best composers since the seventies: he does not blush at any time with his approach to progressive rock from a traditional and academic authentic flavour. From a sensationalist concept that serves the musician as a mere excuse and flowing from the narrative, the artist guides us with an exhibition of supreme instrumental magnitude transporting us to an unexpected, labyrinthine world where abrupt instrumental passages reign. I must add to all of this that there are a lot of devilish rhythms continually breaking the beats and we are in front of musical developments of great taste supporting the complex and fantastically beautiful compositions written, above all, with great intelligence. We don't realize that we are immerse in a time machine that has transported us to an ancient and nostalgic time where musicians told us stories. We are facing forgotten stories when Renaissance, Rick Wakeman, Le Orme, Pink Floyd, ELP, Jethro Tull or PFM were ruling the progressive essence, but from a modern and new perspective that accentuates the longing and hope in a genre so scorned. There are many progressive musicians that hide themselves behind cinematic sounds in order to recreate sound spaces that guide their music, but The Psychedelic Ensemble needs no excuses to show us a raw and authentic progressive sound in his music. TPE is what it is: emotion, tenderness, virtuosity, warmth, delirium, excitement, impact and, above all, heart. I am stunned before one of the best instrumentalists and one of the greatest releases of all time. And I surrender, totally admired, before a splendid and indescribable music. From my point of view this prodigious recording will never be forgotten. An undeniable genius. Twenty out of ten.
cajapandora3 | 5/5 |

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