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HOMMAGE SYMPHONIQUE

Erik Norlander

 

Neo-Prog

3.00 | 17 ratings

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EliasMisael
3 stars Well this is my first contact with Erik Norlander, although already I had listened to his work in Ayreon and Star One. So here is my attempt to make a review.

1. Conquistador: This song begins with violins and a trumpet doing a classical "spanish lead", the song has a 60's vibe througout, even the hammond included!!!

2. Sir Lancelot and the Black Knight: This one begins with typical medieval feel, the voice sometimes reminds classic Deep Purple?, has a sweet chorus, then one synth/hammond/synth/hammond/ solo. Later in the song there is a section with "military feel" snare that turns into a spacey synth solo. Then the sweet chorus again and the song fades with medieval feel.

3. Turn of the Century: Here the voice reminds The Police, with a very calm piano, then there is a piano and woodwind interlude. Then the drums enter for awhile but keeping the mood of the song.

4. Pirates: This begins with strange keyboard sounds and effects, creating a "dramatic" intro, then a marching snare is accompanied with keys. The voice enters with a very "mocking" tone and the mood is circus-like throughout the song. Then there is break that turns into a keyboard solo. Towards the end of the song is a mood change to a classic rock' n roll. This song is funny but had to be much shorter.

5. Clasp: This song begins with medieval feel, then turns to 80's pop rock, this mood shifting keeps throughout the song.

6. King Of The Universe: Begins like The Phantom Of The Opera (the musical), then when the voice enters, the song becomes into a very 60's "hippie" feel which stays throughout the song. Except for the outro which is equal to intro.

7. Children of Sanchez Overture: Starts very strip down, with only voice and subtle keyboard, accompanied by occasional acoustic guitar. Later is interrupted by a very percussive section which turns into a latino section with trumpet and hammond which stays until the end of the song.

8. Starless: This begins very calm with sax and stays thus by awhile.Then the mood becomes dark and jazzy, giving entered to a dark guitar solo. Then the song turns into a jazz with a very rapid sax solo which interrupted by a flute and the sax solo is taken again until the end of the song.

Conclusion: The album is very varied but some times the songs become very long

EliasMisael | 3/5 |

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