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4 stars A legend is born?

What an improvement compared to the first two albums! "Triple Aspect" is undoubtedly LEGEND's best studio opus of their first period, the 90's. The music and sound have greatly matured, the compositions become more complex and incorporates breaks and rhythm changes in the vein of RUSH and RENAISSANCE. While still "medieval hard neo-prog", the style is now heavier and rock-ier. One more time, Debbie Chapman's voice is quite enchanting and suits well the fairy tale ambiance. Let's hear what these modern minstrels brought back from their journey through this fantasy land.

The powerful opener "Cunning Man" is an epic metal piece that makes you want to raise your sword on a knight horse. "Holly King" is also a very nice energic song, with medieval and folk touches. The 12 minutes mini-epic "Lyonesse" is a bit uneven. Despite its pleasant slow fairy intro, the middle sung part is a bit boring and impersonal, sounding more like average neo-prog. The weakest track of the record. The haunting "All Hallows Eve" possess a pretty eerie opening and an oppressive atmosphere coherent with the witches dance theme.

Then comes the highlight of the disc, the 30 minutes mastodon title track! This epic suite can sometimes remind RUSH's "2112" in its construction and heavy prog style with synthesizers. All progressive elements you're looking for are present: changing rhythms, breaks, varied atmospheres, instruments soli... It also incorporates folk elements and sounds even a little futuristic by moments! Maybe some parts could have been shortened, but the overall result is very good and will transport you to another world of knights and sorcery...

More ambitious and united than the former opuses, "Triple Aspect" shows the band defining their own musical identity. Furthermore, this refreshing style is quite uncommon. One of LEGEND's best albums, and an essential listen for neo-prog or progressive folk fans!

Modrigue | 4/5 |


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