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RAISING THE SKELETONS OF FIRE BY HAND

Project / PPRY

 

Symphonic Prog

3.03 | 12 ratings

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TenYearsAfter
3 stars "FROM START TO FINNISH : PART THREE"

PPRY was formed in Riihimäki, Finland 1993 as a medium for its members to perform musical material. In 2000 they released their debut album Project Forest, in 2002 the album Name Stolen under the temporary name Project (in 2005 re-released by the Italian progrock label Mellow Records) and late 2008 PPRY released their third effort entitled Raising The Skeletons Of Fire By Hand. This is a concept album that tells what really happened in Sarajevo in 1914 (when the archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated), according to PPRY department of research and study.

In 2005 I was delighted about their previous album Name Stolen, and dedicated it to Finnish super soccer player Jari Litmanen (who played in Dutch team Ajax and won the World Cup in 1995). So I was very curious to this successor. Well, PPRY their sound on this album is varied and often atmospheric.

Ominous keyboards, twanging acoustic guitar and a final part with a sensitive electric guitar solo in At The Brink Of Madness.

Lots of flowing shifting moods (from folky to psychedelic) and wonderful vintage keyboards (like Hammond organ and clavinet) in The Procession Forms.

From compelling with fiery guitar/lush organ and spacey with synthesizers to a heavy swinging rhythm with flute, synthesizer, Hammond and a fiery (Gilmourian) guitar solo in the alternating For The Presence Of Those Who Are The Sentinel.

Exciting propulsive and heavy climates with inventive work on guitar and keyboards in The Herald And Their Tiran.

And again a varied sound with wonderful synthesizer work in A Passage To The Court Prevails.

The ghost of 1970-1973 Pink Floyd reigns in the long and alternating composition As A Single Word Sets Forth An Ocean Of Souls: interesting changing atmospheres with compelling work on guitar, Hammond and synthesizers.

Although the English vocals are mediocre and in some songs the music sounds a bit too fragmentic or lacks direction, I am pleased with PPRY their adventurous blend of several styles that delivers lots of interesting and sometimes very compelling musical moments.

TenYearsAfter | 3/5 |

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