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Symphonic Prog

3.59 | 73 ratings

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Robert Beriau
4 stars Wallenstein «Cosmic Century» is a «must» and an essential for all real progressive rock collection.

This group was one the few european groups to have the «privilege» of having their album imported on a steady basis in North America. They were standing at the same level as Genesis, Van Der Graaf, PFM and Gentle Giant ! Yes, all these groups at their first path in prog music in beginning the '70s, were almost unknowned and moreoften, their shows in Canada and USA were rarely «sold out» ... and in medium size hall ! So except for few upcoming rising group like Pink Floyd and King Crimson (these 2 groups were also under the radar at this time !) prog musicians, like Wallenstein, really had to have faith in their music to keep producing albums.

By their contribution to prog rock, «Cosmic Century» is a well done and composed album, with mainly influence by classical music and structured around strong melodies by Dollase (piano and keys) and Reiser (violin). The song «Song of Wire» is emotionnal and maybe the best song ever written by Wallenstein and was an inspiration for many german musicans.

Just for «Song of Wire» this album worth a 4 stars and almost a 5 if you like symphonic prog !

Robert Beriau | 4/5 |


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