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TOUCH THE MYSTERY

Modern-Rock Ensemble

 

Neo-Prog

4.05 | 178 ratings

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5 stars Released in 2016 this album has a great synergy with a progrock of the 70-th. Ukrainian musicians made a great job.

An album starts with Meditations. 12 string guitar's nerve is uniting together the whole piece. It revives back nostalgia for the 70th prog rock. A simbio of oriental rock and symphonic music in this piece is natural and fresh. I like the way the piece is developing increasing its power by each verse. Electric guitar and cello are changing places, playing around with the voice, being either a duo at one moment or two rivals in the following part. In the beginning this piece is seemingly mellow, however the mood is constantly changing, leading us to the end of the first part with deep synthesizer bass and a change of time signatures.

Reappearing of the voice in the second part supported by nice and simple synthesizer lines might lead us to an optimistic final, however very on the contrary the final is much more dramatic if not pessimistic with the great work from Alex Fantaev drumming. It is the first time that I have seen the important role of cello in a rock piece. Very strong progressive rock epic. After a short and melodic piece we are coming to the central piece of the album - Touch the Mystery. It combines many styles, sometimes classical, sometimes fusion or ambient, few parts are even close to a hard rock. In the beginning of the piece Vladimir's synthesizers are playing around saxophone, guitar and string quartet, but further in the piece they start to fight, quarrel and argue with each other. Each and every musician in this piece played his important role to reach the target of Vladimir in his Modern-Rock Ensemble style and sound. Then after a short breath of a fresh air we are getting in the "Swamp". I can understand that maybe one of the reasons why Vladimir doesn't want to re-record this "live version" ? it was played "on courage" during the festival and one can fill real emotions, drive and synergy of musicians playing during the concert. It is obviously hard to reproduce it in a studio atmosphere now. Great electric violin part supported by 2 strong synthesizer players and fretless guitar. It is great fusion of jazz-rock with sympho-rock.

Vladimir has spent on this album more than 5 years not for nothing. He had chosen great musicians for this album. He reached his composer's goals in each epic. I would like to positively comment as well his producer's skills ? interesting sound, each instrument (out of more than 20 used) is clearly heard in this ensemble.

celebrationrock | 5/5 |

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