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Wicked Minds


Heavy Prog

3.24 | 35 ratings

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4 stars Oh, how I like such records. No problems with acceptation. Album to player, soup to the cooker, potatoes to the peeling. Eye here, ear there, while leg knocks out the rhythm. It’s good, that I live on a ground floor, because neighbours could be angry.

Wicked Minds plays classic hard-rock, strongly rooted in genre from before 30-35 years. And plays well. Even better on “Witchflower” than on “From The Purple Skies”. Just like previously, CD full up to the cork – 79 minutes of music. And like previously their own version of rock classic – was “Gypsy” of Uriah Heep, this time it’s “Soldier of Fortune” of Deep Purple. Previously it came out middling, now it’s much better. Vocal of course worse than on the original, because Coverdale is a world’s top-league, while Cinel, though a good vocalist, he is no match to David C. But the whole thing is much longer than original and adorned with few nice instrumental parts. Just like on the previous album the main inspirations are Deep Purple and Uriah Heep, and in “Through My Love” – new version of a tune from 1993 – very good song a bit in style of Whitesnake. The rest of the songs are just a thrilling, juicy hard- rock – with drive, plenty of melodies, riffs and lots of keys (especially hammonds!) and obligatory for genre penchant to bigger epic-classic forms – this time the longest and the best on an album is “A Child And The Mirror” – with VDGG-like pieces of saxophone, partially acoustic “Burning Tree”, instrumental miniature “The Court of The Satyr”.

DVD includes two recordings of concerts from years 2004-2005 – severe, sound fairly-poor, film not better – one motionless camera. Musically – you can hear that band is formed by good instrumentalists, who are able to play a good concert. But you have to reach it through not too friendly for the spectator circumstances. Apart from that there are three videoclips and few songs from the regular album in earlier (demo) versions.

WOJTEKK | 4/5 |


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