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GRAVITY

Anekdoten

 

Heavy Prog

3.83 | 214 ratings

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FranMuzak
4 stars ANOTHER GEM

Yes, even though many reviewers think this is not on the same level than their previous releases, I believe is on the same league and even better than NUCLEUS. Is it more accessible? Sure. Is it less odd and complex? Of course. Is it less progressive? Maybe, but I don't think so. Is it going in a different direction than the other albums? Truth. Do all these statements mean a bad thing? NOT AT ALL.

As I've said in other reviews, I like things to evolve, especially music, as long as the change isn't radical or backwards, which I don't think this is that case. This evolution shows a different face of the band, actually a very good face. Nevertheless we still hear in this record that Anekdoten we all fell in love with: that atmospheric mellotron, those great bass lines, that powerful drumming, the excellent guitar works of Nickas "Barker" and the melancholic mood and vocals.

There are really wonderful songs here like "Monolith" with the typical Anekdoten sound, dark and mellotron loaded. "Ricochet" with the mellotron again dominating, cadent drums, nice organ and vocals; great atmosphere, excellent song. "SW4"which is actually one of the best songs I've heard from the band, dark and psychedelic, mystic and ambient, just marvelous. "Gravity" starts very smooth and melancholic and then gradually increases the heaviness to afterwards slow down a bit to progress again and finish with powerful riffs. The closer "Selijak" is a very good instrumental that begins with the traditional heavy sound of the band with a mellow moment with nice guitar chords in the middle part and smooth atmospheric vocals by Anna Sofi.

IŽd say this is an excellent album that shouldn't be rejected by the fans of the heavier sound of the band; it just needs a few listens to grow in you and start to enjoy it. At least it works for me perfectly and gave me the chance to know an alternative side of the band which I found very interesting and delightful.

4.5 stars

Viva el Prog!

FranMuzak | 4/5 |

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