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MIND VOLUME 1

Isildurs Bane

 

Symphonic Prog

3.75 | 64 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars The chamber rock music band plays another of its usual albums.

It is true to say that I was never a deep adept of their musical style: too much of a combination between prog and classic (at least for their previous effort and this one). But this is the essence of the band ad this first volume of their minds is no exception.

The pace is set with the long opening number which is definitively not bringing any great feeling. A good piece of music, I reckon. But nothing more. It flirts more with the Eclectic genre than with the Symph one. So far so good, but the short and classical ''Ataraxia'' sounds really flat to my ears.

If you are ever interested in the jazzy atmosphere, no doubt that a track as ''In a State of Comprehension'' is bound to please you. But you might know that this is not really my cup of tea. The same mood prevails with ''The Pilot'' and the short ''Unity''.

Things are getting better during the long ''Opportunistic Walk''. Some fine and oppressive intro combined with smooth percussions are fine ingredients to start with. But to say that I am thrilled by the music which is proposed later on, is far from my taste. It is by far too much dominated by the classic flavours to really please me. It is complex for the sake of it.

Don't look for any fantastic melody as some other Nordic bands can play. ''Isildurs Bane'' plays cold and feeling less music IMO. Still: with talent and skills, that 's a given. But I can not be enthusiastic about this music. The experimental and loose ''Holistic Medicine'' is another example of their style. Not mine, to be honest.

In all, this is not an easy work to get into. If you are looking to some emotional and vibrant moments, this is not the type of album you should listen to. Two stars as far I'm concerned.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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