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MANDALABAND II - THE EYE OF WENDOR: PROPHECIES

Mandalaband

 

Symphonic Prog

3.32 | 51 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars The list of guests on this album is impressive.

From his previous musical experience, Rohl got acquaintance with 10CC and BJH, and there is no surprise that most of their line-up is represented here (they played for free apparently). No surprise either that this album shows so many similarities with the early BJH ones, mixing tons of chord instruments with symphonic (in the true sense of the word) music.

Dear friend Whoolly is probably not alien to this. I was moderately enthusiast about these early BJH days (except ''Once Again'') and the same feeling prevails here. Not bad at all, but nothing from the other world either (''Ride To The City'').

Too many orchestrations overall are inundating this work (''Dawn of a New Day'', ''Aenord's Lament'') and it seems to me that this work is trying too to emulate some ''Renaissance'' ones; but without reaching their level IMHHO.

All in all, there is nothing wrong with this album but it is far from being attractive or original (''Silandre''). So, what's the point? Well, probably the fact that the excellent and long suite (over twenty minutes) from their first album has been added to the CD version. Actually, ''Om Mani Padme Hum'' is by far the most interesting piece of music from ''Mandalaband''.

As such, three stars for this release.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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