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3 stars Magna Carta Madness!

In the 90's, compact discs were expensive. Thieves could rob your house and leave with a just stack of cd's, believe it or not. So imagine having a collection of imports like ones from Magna Carta Label. It would've cost you a fortune, but you could say proudly that you didn't own Dookie by Green Day, The Bodyguard Soundtrack or Unplugged by Eric Clapton. Nah man, you were above that, you listened to modern progressive rock! The real stuff, the obscure.

Having tools like Spotify and Youtube, now I can listen to all the records I drooled over in my youth (that little Magna Carta cat catalog seemed to hunt me even today). Which means Cairo. Despite having an art cover screaming Windows 95, Cairo had a professionnal approach and songs that actually made sense. Unlike Magellan (a.k.a. The King of Stink or The Lord of the Yawns, depending on your location), Cairo didn't aimlessly shot hoping to hit the target. They made a Yes \ ELP inspired album that's certainly worth a spin. The last song Ruins at Avalon's Gate is worth a listen, if not a dozen. Lots of stuff to discover and to be ama amazed by their level of musicianship. Many times you hear kick ass keyboard licks and Steve Howe\ Steve Vai guitar work (which is a feat by itself).

Overall an enjoyable and nostalgic record, a pioneer of it's time. The atmosphere is certainly early 90's, a reminder of a forgotten era: the birth of Modern Prog.

Menswear | 3/5 |


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