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Tilion - A.M.I.G.D.A.L.A. CD (album) cover




Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.42 | 19 ratings

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4 stars This third effort by Italian outfit Tilion is a mixed affair in oh so many ways; and although not always successful there should be quite a lot of material on this disc that will satisfy those interested in boundary-breaking, innovative and creative music.

The ten compositions are quirky affairs. It's not untypical for a track to venture into several different musical styles; in fact this is the rule rather than an exception on this excursion. Sound collages with watery sounds is a common feature throughout, and the individual compositions touch upon folk, jazz, heavy art rock and progressive metal in terms of style variations. Eerie sounding synths; at times almost sick sounding ones; are utilized throughout to create a distinct; dark atmosphere, strengthened by clever use of acoustic guitar or a grim, distorted electric one; while flute and additional synth layers along with vocals contrast the dark and grim mood with lighter and warmer tinges to the soundscape.

The songs are quirky, often quickly moving from one theme to the next; and in select instances dissonances and disharmonies are used to create an almost scary overall atmosphere.

Not for the feint of heart in other words. Those who are into elaborate, challenging rock of the progressive variety might want to check out this one though, even if some tracks do come across as somewhat aimless and meandering.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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