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Symphonic Prog

3.36 | 105 ratings

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The T
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4 stars An excellent album that deserves, in my opinion, more praise than it receives.

The obvious influences are ELP, KANSAS, and other prog giants like YES. There's also a little bit of AOR in their sound, and prog-related bands like ASIA or SAGA. In addition to the clear symphonic sound, CAIRO's music has some hints of metal in it, mostly in the type of riffs.

The music is very melodic and full of solos and instrumental sections. At times there's a little overdoing of solos which makes the album a less than perfect experience, mostly in the last song which could've been trimmed and by a good 5 minutes.

Is the band derivative? A little bit. Is the music extremely innovative? Probably not. Is it good? Most certainly it is. With songs like the excellent "Seasons of the Heart" or the album's best, the dark, atmospheric, romantic, nostalgic "Silent Winter", the album goes by very quickly (expect for the last minutes) and leaves this listener very satisfied. Sadly, the band hasn't released any more music since their third album (this was their debut), but there's no question that few bands have had more promising first albums than CAIRO.

Recommended for fans of Symphonic Rock and even for prog-metal fans open to the lighter side of things.

The T | 4/5 |


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