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3.07 | 8 ratings

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3 stars This Spanish group presents an album of warm retro symphonic prog with neo and folk accents. Apart from the variety of keyboards including prominent Hammond played by Gonzalo Sanz, the main feature is M. Josť Millon delightful voice which is equally expressive in Spanish and English, as demonstrated by "Silencio" and "The Grave & Stern Decorum" respectively. The melodies are simple and effective, carried higher by the abovementioned contributors and some nice fat lead and rhythm guitar by Daniel Galera, which verges on pyschedelic more than once, but always harmoniously.

"Bleak December Part 1", is sung in Spanish by Millon with a middle section sung in English by Galera, and features beautiful organ sometimes played in an almost circus style, giving way to a brief cacophony of guitars before mellowing out again. Yes this is a mellow album. The instrumental Part 2 is jazzier, with pleasant electric piano, and lots of fun to listen to. Snowdonia knows how to vary the pace without compromising their position. "Lenore" is an acoustic guitar driven ballad with a well-placed flute break.

While comparisons to various classic bands are inevitable, the group really defines its own style, with echoes of the past. The closer, "A Demon That's Dreaming", is especially intriguing because of the wordless vocals above the exuberant old style guitars. I thought of Renaissance's Prologue briefly, but heavier. Snowdonia has a gentleness even when it rocks out, and it makes for an enjoyable if not earth-shattering listen. I would have wished them a longer life.

kenethlevine | 3/5 |


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