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SYMPHONIC SLAM

Symphonic Slam

 

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3.74 | 36 ratings

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Boluf
5 stars A great album that deserves more attention! There is a intensity and glow to this album that make it stand out. SYMPHONIC SLAM is not breaking ground, although the use of the guitar-synth gives this album a unique sound, but they play there songs with conviction and guts.

I couldn't say which other progressive band to compare SYMPHONIC SLAM with... One reviewer mentioned Uriah Heep and I agree a bit with that but what dominates the sound of this album is the guitar-synth and the only thing that comes up in my mind is the Recycled album of NEKTAR where Larry Fast was on the keyboards. There are lots of fat synthesizer sounds on this album but it doesn't sound like TANGERINE DREAM or EL&P at all. Musically it has some jazzy and funky influences but overall it's very rocky. On Days I hear a FRANK ZAPPA influence with the speeded la-la-la-voices and a jolly melody-line.

There are no long epic songs for proglovers here but there are a lot of changes within every tune and most of the songs doesn't follow the verse-chorus-bridge pattern, which IMO is enough to make it interesting although the songs are short.

This completely unknown Timo Laine shows to be a rather talented guitarist and his fellow musicians on drums and keyboards make a good job too, especially the drummer vibrates with energy and I find his drumming innovative and tasteful. Singing is not Timo Laines greatest talent but he knows it and doesn't try to sing things he couldn't manage. His yell on the last chorus of How Do You Stand is still very effective and the guitar solo that ends this album isn't pioneering but ardent and soulful.

Four stars - and a little bit more!

Boluf | 5/5 |

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