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Flaming Row


Progressive Metal

3.96 | 128 ratings

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4 stars There has been a proliferation recently, notably from Germanic world, of what I call Broadway rock operas, that have roots as much in classic rock and pop as in metal. And unsurprisingly there is cross-contamination of members between bands, including between Flaming Row and similarly-minded, but more concise, Seven Steps to the Green Door.

Maybe I've listened too much of this stuff, but here I'm less impressed. No, it was quite a feat I imagine to arrange all ideas together and manage such a long list of contributors, and its all highly listenable and eclectic and not as sonically overblown as one might think - prog metal is really a misnomer for Flaming Row, who have actually more early 70s classic rock (in its organ-driven hard rock, country and folk rock forms) in their sound than metal. But for such a sprawling album, which, like its antecedent, makes full use of the 80-minute CD format, it could be more structured for anchoring the memory. The longer songs feel like a loose suite of ideas, and the ballads drag on. But if you can tolerate a certain amount of cheese and awkward lyrics, you'll be alright. 4,5 stars.

Progrussia | 4/5 |


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