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BRIGHTER SKIES

FreddeGredde

 

Crossover Prog

3.90 | 106 ratings

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Nacho220
5 stars FreddeGredde is probably best known for being a YouTube video viral sensation with videos he made in 2009-2010 of medleys and covers.

Along the way he also made videos of his original music which is in the style of progressive rock. "Beside Me" and "Vampire Bride" were part of his debut album Thirteen Eight which was released in 2011. Since then he has been releasing some more medley videos and working on his sophomore release, Brighter Skies.

Brighter Skies is a very mature second album for Fredrik Larsson. A fantastic modern prog album perfectly blending progressive rock, progressive metal and touches of progressive folk. The album is full of folk-like melodies played through a symphonic lens. I'll find myself humming or singing many of the melodies after listening to the album. He also effortlessly weaves in and out of odd-time signatures gracefully.

I hear some classic Genesis influences on this album with an example being the last few minutes of the epic "Ocean Mind" which brings to mind Wind & Wuthering. Additionally, a lot of modern prog touches similar to bands like Beardfish & IQ.

Each song is well-written with a tremendous attention to detail. Fredrik plays all of the instruments aside from the drums which are played masterfully by Louis Abramson of Jolly and a flute passage, on one of my favorite tracks "The Tower," by Zuzana Vanekova which sounds like something Peter Gabriel might have played in early Genesis.

Brighter Skies is best described as an adventure and depicted well by the album cover. With references to "The Tower," "Welcome the Bright Skies" and Fredrik himself sitting under the tree playing his acoustic guitar.

I highly recommend Brighter Skies to anyone a fan of adventurous modern progressive rock. It is one of my favorites of 2014 giving it a solid 5 out of 5 rating.

Nacho220 | 5/5 |

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