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4.02 | 6 ratings

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3 stars Resonaxis were formed in Sydney, Australia around mid-00's, after female singer Brooke Shelley attended David Drury's unique improvisations on pipe organ at St James' Church.Adding Matt Roberts on drums and bringing Michael Sheridan to help on guitars, they recorded the EP ''Videntes Stellam Magi'' at the dawn of 2007.Sheridan soon became a full-time member and Resonaxis recorded their self-titled debut, released in May 2008.Guest appearances by Steve Elphick on doube bass and Julie Kim on bass are featured in this album.

Resonaxis' sound is epic, cinematic and even nostalgic, drawing influences from the creative periods of Baroque and Renaissance Music and transmitting them into the modern era, eventually producing orchestral soundscapes, based on rock instrumentation and intense melodies with a lost-in-time feeling.Brooke Shelley's voice is a major reason for this, the other ones being the lush string sections and the use of pipe organ.Because the overall style passes from extremely lyrical female-fronted passages to epic and grandiose instrumental keyboard/guitar textures, comparisons with RENAISSANCE are reasonable.The atmosphere is poetic, sensitive and intricate and the music explores different feelings each time: The guitar-based pieces with the operatic voices are easily compared to some of QUASAR LUX SYMPHONIAE's works, other times the mood is almost spacey with extended, hypnotic instrumental parts.But there is also a certain folky enviroment throughout the whole album, based on the band's sound adaptions from the previous century.Very symphonic-oriented material with strong and bombastic orchestral moves, sometimes reminiscent of RICK WAKEMAN's Prog-related albums, which also crosses over to the PAATOS' stylings, especially when Shelley's voice is accompanied by these ethereal piano lines.

Atmospheric and inventive music, trying to link musical styles separated by some hunderds of years.The result is pretty nice with both dreamy and pompous soundscapes.Warmly recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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