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BIRDS OF PASSAGE

Karfagen

 

Symphonic Prog

4.02 | 117 ratings

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ale73
4 stars When you deal with a new album by Antony Kalugin and his bands you never know what to expect. His music is often multiform and rich of many facets.

But this time there are no big surprise, as he chose to follow a linear path and continue what he began with "Echoes from within dragon island" only one year ago. And his choice pays very well, as "Birds of passage" is really great music. Like for the previous album, the core is consisting of long suites, two of them in this case. They are named with the title of the album itself. Each one is more than 20 minute long, but they flow fluently thanks to their complexity, variety and catchiness: I would say that one of the main qualities of Antony is the capability of writing melodies you can sing in a shower even in the most complex song, and it makes of him a great prog composer.

There are two more songs to complete the album: "Spring" is a shorter piece based on a William Blake poem; "Sunrise" is an instrumental that I am fond of, with its elegiac, peaceful atmosphere, backed by a lovely flute.

In the end, I would say this new work is a shining piece of symphonic prog, characterised by an extraordinary intensity and positive vibes. As always Antony is sorrounded by skilled musicians, that are able to make the most of his compositions. A mention to the production as well: the sound is clear in each single part and the intricate interactions by instrumentation and voice are perfectly audible throughout the whole work. And again as always, the package and the cover art are very nice in every detail.

ale73 | 4/5 |

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