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Second album the british pagan prog rock band, "Second Sight" shows LEGEND's improvements in songwriting and sound. The compositions are now heavier, more complex, epic but still a bit unequal. The music can be described as a neo hard prog version of RENAISSANCE. However, it has less few folk elements than their other opuses.

The opener "Dance" is surprisingly the weakest song of the record. Despite its punchy riff and synthesizer typical of neo prog, this track is rather flat and fails to really lift off. "New Horizons" is more varied and pleasant. Then comes "The Healer", an average and little cheesy soft ballad. But don't leave now, the second half of the record is better.

The 13 minutes mini-epic "The Wild Hunt" is the highlight of the disc. Longest and most progressive song, it features rhythm changes, various soli, and alternates slow and nervous moments. "The Legend" is the other catchy epic moment, displaying a soundscape of castles and knights. On the contrary, not much to say about "I Close My Eyes", a sweet acoustic guitar driven piece neither good nor completely uninteresting. The ender "Mordred" is the other long composition of the record. It contains some good moments, but is a bit messy and not very coherent. Not as convincing as "The Wild Hunt".

"Second Sight" is an uneven but nonetheless promising second effort. Despite weaker songs, LEGEND refine more and more its personality here. After all, "medieval fantasy hard prog" is not really a widespread genre, the band is one of the few to propose such refreshing music. It just still require some more time to mature.

Don't worry, the next albums will be more inspired...

Modrigue | 2/5 |


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