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FEARS

Clepsydra

 

Neo-Prog

3.94 | 170 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars If ever you like the neo prog genre with a serious symphonic touch, you should appreciate this third album from this Swiss band.

"Clepsydra" delivers an inspired album with several true symphonic gems. Several long songs are so pleasant and catchy. The first two of the album will particularly draw your attention. Fully "Pendragon" oriented, these pleasant melodies featured in both "Soaked" as well as in "The Missing Spark" do count as my fave from the band so far.

They really turn me on even if complexity is not the watchword here. Beautiful vocal melodies combined with emotional guitar. I happen to like these while, like here, some good inspiration prevents them to be too childish and mellowish.

The whole album is a fine travel into some sort of a melodic world and the only negative point is that several songs are based on a simple structure ("The Age of Glass"). This is even more noticeable during a short track like "Fearless" while the acoustic is gently breaking this mood.

"The cloister" differs in texture. It is fully melancholic, ambient (there is even a spacey middle part which is so profound). Synth work is very much "Marillion" oriented and fans of sublime guitar solo are well being taken care of (thanks Marco).

Still, "Clepsydra" is more convincing in their longer compositions. Aluisio Maggini sounds almost theatrical during "The Nineteenth Hole" and the guitar work is so.extraordinary again as in most of their songs. It is really a pleasure to get on board here. And if the nineteenth hole is the Nirvana, I fully get my clubs and start at hole number one to start my spiritual elevation.

To prove me wrong, I have to admit that the very soft "Sweet Smelling Wood" is a jewel of a melody; the highlight being the vocals performance which is rather impressive. It brilliantly leads to the closing and longest song of this album. Another fearless experience which plunges deeply into the early "Genesis" sounds during the instrumental break

If attractive music, pleasant vocals and incredible electric guitar moments are a combination you are looking for, you might step by "Fear". My favourite "Clepsydra" album so far. Four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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