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Symphonic Prog

3.80 | 312 ratings

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This is another Norwegian band playing good but derivative music (but they are not the first ones, right?). It is exactly the type of works that could either attract you or make you run away because of these sounds which have already been listened to many times.

But I have a certain tendency to like these sort of bands; except when they really sound as a cover band like ''Starcastle'' and alike.

It is not the case here, because ''Wobbler'' emulates the whole range of prog giants we love. From ELP like the introduction of the first epic of this album: ''Hinterland'' to Yes etc. You can name them all.

The great mellotron draws you back to ITCOTCK of course. The good point is that the singer doesn't try to sound as Gabriel. But this would have been too much I suppose. Although that some ''Gentle Giant '' vocals can still be heard; but it is OK to a certain extent, I agree.

''Hinterland'' is a long piece of music (almost twenty-eight minutes), a beautiful journey in the gardens of the most eminent bands without which this site wouldn't have all its fame: the synth at half time sounds as if it was Tony who would be playing. But I could at least name about twenty passages and refer to the limited circle of five bands which I already have mentioned.

One just need to switch from the one to the other. Even so, it is an enjoyable track because it is a formidable and condensed way to get into the bands we all praise. In less than half an hour. Even mighty Tull is featured for about twenty seconds!

The only one missing is Floyd actually. Maybe for a later track?

The same comments are valid for the short ''Rubato Industry'' (not even thirteen minutes). And I still like it very much. Just like the third track from this album which features more mellotron and is closer to the Swedish new scene.

As I have already said, I like this album very much even if it sounds too familiar. I have just seen on their myspace page, that the band has finalized their second album. I'm looking forward to hear it. Four stars for this one.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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