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ROCKPOMMEL'S LAND

Grobschnitt

 

Symphonic Prog

3.85 | 167 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
Prog Reviewer
3 stars "Grobschnitt" is investigating deeper into the symphonic genre, and left aside their irresistible sense of humour. Maybe to add some more seriousness to this "concept" album.

Unlike many reviewers, I found that "Jumbo" (their previous release) was really good and I can't consider this one as some sort of a good follow-up.

There are some very nice melodies featured on this album and lots of lush keyboards but something is missing though. Maybe this little extra craziness that could be found in their earlier releases. This feeling is fully represented in "Severity Town".

Not a bad track in essence but at no moment does it take off. Somewhat "Yes" oriented at times, it features weak "vocals" during the first half of it. It gets better though as it goes along thanks to some good guitar work while the rhythm is picking up. As if the band wants to show that they rock alright.but not enough.

I can' t really be thrilled with a song as "Anywhere". A mellow, acoustic and pastoral ballad. You can easily press next.

The epic and closing number from the original album needs some time to really start. At times this track vaguely resembles to "Supper's Ready" but it is not really evident. Actually, the long vocals part is not really interesting (but it lasts for about ten minutes).

During the instrumental second half, some elegant keyboards will shine for a while but the mood is very tranquil and uniform. This piece stands shy when compared to "The Excursion of Father" or "Sunny Sunday's Sunset" from "Jumbo" (I 'm even not talking about "Solar Music" of course). Only the last two minutes of this song reminds me of their bombastic and grandiose style.

A bit short, isn't it ?

This album doesn't work very well for me. And to mention than one of the best moment of the remastered version is the bonus track says sufficient about this. Don't get me wrong of course, this is not a bad album but the weakest "Grobschnitt" one so far IMHHO.

Five out of ten, upgraded to three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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