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THE LAST HORIZON

Hoggwash

 

Symphonic Prog

3.56 | 49 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars This Hoggwash started as a project of Ukranian phenomenon Antony Kalugin and the founder of Caerllysi Music Will Mackie.Mackiee has been a long-time Progressive Rock enthusiast and seller and had the chance to meet Kalugin via the internet.The two started composing together material with an intention to release it sometime.This time came at the fall of 2006, when they entered the Kfg Studios in Kharkiv along with a few guest musicians and recorded Hoggwash'es debut ''The last horizon''.The whole seesion ended in summer 2007 and the album was released in October, of course on Mackies's Caerllysi label.

By the time Kalugin had already started to run the KARFAGEN project and the material of Hoggwash has strong resemblances to Kalugin's first project, although it lacks its extreme diversity.''The last horizon'' sounds basically as an album created by a British Neo/Symphonic Prog group, it features all the dreamy atmospheres of the genre, clean and expressive voices, nice melodies and emphatic instrumental ideas, especially in the longer tracks.The sound is much keyboard-driven with lots of soaring synthesizers and grandiose moves, somewhat reminiscent of early PENDRAGON.Guitars are great, very melodic, smooth and sensitive, but there are also moments of power in the album, featuring scary organ waves and a bit of edge in the electric solos and leads.The main difference from the mass of Neo Prog bands is that the duo has flavored its style with some OLDFIELD-ian, ethnic ambiences, much what Kalugin was doing with KARFAGEN at the time, while the more flashy synth lines have a slight Electronic feel.The album contains also some surprising bits of Mellotron, but forget about any tendencies towards old-styled music, ''The last horizon'' is melodic and fresh Neo/Symphonic music full of synth layers and cinematic atmospheres.

An album, which will appeal to all fans of Neo Prog and melodic, keyboard-driven Symphonic Rock.Warmly recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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