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ZELEN POSTA (WITH PAVOL HAMMEL AND RADIM HLADIK)

Marián Varga

 

Symphonic Prog

3.63 | 33 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars Eclectic Prog meets Symphonic Prog.

It is my understanding that this album is very untypical for Collegium Musicum. Normally; they are a symphonic prog band in vein of ELP. But they are cooperating with someone else here (for the record; Hammel and Hladik) and the result is this album.

The album varies between some bouncy songs with similarities to ELP's more funny songs and more poetic, ballad like songs. Some of the ballads are verging on being the type of horror ballads we get in this ghastly Eurovision contest. But the band manages to pull it off. There are still some strong ELP elements here. VDGG has been mentioned and they certainly put their VDGG influences to good use. There are actually a lot of references to the Italian Symphonic Prog scene on this album and I think fans of this scene cannot go wrong with this album. Add some jazz and folk rock to the mix and this is the album you get with Zelená Posta.

The main instruments are keyboards and guitars, this being a cooperation between a keyboardist and two guitarists. The guitars are mostly distorted, although with normal melodic solos. The keyboards are in the Keith Emerson style. The rhythm-sections is excellent. The same can be said about the vocals.

The quality of this album is very high and I never ever loose interest in the music. I have some reservations towards their other albums, but this one has charmed me into submission.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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