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THE ENLIGHTENING MARCH OF THE ARGONAUTS

Quasar Lux Symphoniae

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.64 | 22 ratings

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progressive
4 stars Original symphonic music that I think shocks for example many Italian symphonic prog fans that think they know much and there can't be anymore surprises in Italia.

The Waning Season (1.) has some symphonic passages heard afterwards (strong beat with warm bass and piano, high and clear spacey keyboards, buzzy guitar) , but this is a lament, for male vocals, which has for example a bit vomitting feeling somewhere, and intensity of Devil Doll (in the strong piano part and the latter symphonic part). This whole album reminds me a bit of Jacula, as being gothic and atmospheric, with dark contrasts between light and thick symphonic structures. (And for example you must have the volume up to hear some things and then the louder parts are more arresting.

Prayers of the Highland (2.) slightly sounds Marillion, very smooth and ballads from eighties are near this. And even if you didn't like either of them so much, this is very good song, growing heavier, bigger and big is the performance of the singer, begging and shiveringly ruff.

The Resonance of the Throne (3.) has classical piano with operatic female vocals, and after 2/5 of the song it's exploding like Supertramp's Crime Of The Century's final intensity in a second. The distortion guitar changing into a hyperventilating Rick Wakeman spacey and vivid keyboard solo and going back to more atmospheric thick guitar that finds just the right conclusive chords (for the song and for example going a bit back to The Waning Season), and then more quiet operatic part. This is one of the most symphonic things music can offer, and it has much in common with Italian symphonic prog - the warm spirit where you must cry also for the happiness. In this "concept" album I see this as the most compact (in the middle of the song)

The Punishment of the Submerged (4.) is ruff heavy rock (and roll) with buzzing guitar and light (sometimes latin) acoustic guitar & weeping vocals parts, though vocals are also strong and venturing.

Five Fathers Resurrection (5.) has very closely same themes as the previous ones, first track combined to third, (well this all are the same in a way) and there's for example bright guitar (almost like the keyboard). It all ends to pathetic shouting.

The Enlightening March of the Argonauts (6.) double-summarizes the album themes loosely and ethereally, like a distant echo, amplifying to normal at the end. Either this doesn't bring much new thing, but at least in this point you think this is contiguous (master)piece of art. The very ending is nice surprising organs inflating. Definitely a good trip, and eg the sounds of the album are very great.

I would give five stars if there were more ideas in this album, though I first didn't even notice that fact so well.

progressive | 4/5 |

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