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3 stars Adventīs second album Cantus Firmus is a mixed bag of music. The album is from 2006 but itīs obvious from the start that this is a retro prog rock album which draws itīs influences heavily from the big seventies prog rock bands like Gentle Giant, Kansas and Yes.

The first song with itīs a cappella polyrythmic singing is what mostly links Advent to Gentle Giant but there are a few instrumental moments too that leads me to think of that band. The music is pretty good allthough Cantus Firmus is not the most memorable or challenging album I have heard. Another american prog rock band also comes to mind and thatīs Cathedral. Advent isnīt anywhere near as good or original as Cathedral though.

The musicianship is very good even though Iīm not much of a fan of Henry Ptakīs voice. Itīs too low in the mix which probably doesnīt help either.

The production is a bit of a problem for me. It doesnīt sound fully professional to my ears and Iīm not enjoying myself with this sound. It doesnīt exactly ruin the music but it certainly doesnīt enhance my experience either.

The cover artwork is rather enjoyable for the eye and signals precisely what it should.

Advent could use a bit more originality in their music but otherwise this is actually a good album that Iīll rate 3 small stars. The problem is that there are so many other good albums in this style that I would rather listen to that this album will probably collect a lot of dust on my shelf and it might be closer to 2 stars than the 3 Iīm going to rate it.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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