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3.87 | 285 ratings

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5 stars One of the best symphonic albums! The band is at their peak and they really made a maximum effort. It perfect! GROBSCHNITT are often unfairly accused of lacking originality. There is a slight similarity to YES and GENESIS but there is no derivativeness or imitation in music. Don't let the deanesque cover art fool you. It's like comparing a Mozart sonata with a Beethoven sonata. Both are unique on it's own way.

The cocnept is a fairy tale for children. The lyrics may sound too childish in a view of an adult but it's not hard to enjoy it if you accustom yourself in the fantasy world of children. The lush symphonic music is often very charming and beautiful. The title track has all the wit and inventiveness that makes a prog epic interesting. The bonus track is also excellent. It has a more space rock feel compared to other tracks.

I can't find a weak spot on this album. Defenitely a masterpiece of the highest rank. Only a few German bands made a masterpiece of symphonic prog like this e.g. SFF - "Symphonic Pictures", STERN COMBO MEISSEN - "Weisses Gold"... Conclusion: GROBSHNITT didn't make so many strong albums as YES for example but "Rockpommel's Land" is absolutely essential!

terramystic | 5/5 |


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