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BIRDS OF PASSAGE

Karfagen

 

Symphonic Prog

4.20 | 81 ratings

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Thomas Stith
5 stars Symphonic Art Rock Pioneers Karfagen has released their 11th offering, "Birds of Passage" 01/2020... This album is phenomenal, a true genuine masterpiece by front man Antony Kalugin Keyboard wizard and composer! Here within "Birds of Passage" are 10 truly gifted musicians including Antony Kalugin, who has the ability to select the right musicians to capture the true essence of this extraordinary album. I have every album this musical entity has released and this very album is beyond anything else they have released. There are only four tracks on this album based on the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and William Blake... The musical journey this album takes you on is beyond any horizon or galaxy you could ever imagine... The first track, Birds of Passage (part 1) 22:40 is the perfect beginning of this incredible journey which starts off low and slow and emerges with a yearning anticipation that something great is about to happen, and it does! The vocal harmonies brings with it a subtle gentle giant texture that is truly unique to the sound of KARFAGEN, and then all of the sudden you are transported into a YES like atmosphere... The brilliance of the guitar and keyboards are carried through out the tune with an astounding rhythm section, with violins and flutes and nylon stringed guitar... This whole album is tantalized with the full richness of a gorgeous electric guitar a nylon stringed guitar, violins and bassoon, a rich bass and drums.... The second tune, Birds of Passage (part 2) at 21:11... Starts off with a solo nylon string guitar with the keyboards softly emerging in ever so unsuspecting and then the violin and electric guitar greets the pounding of the drums... This is an absolutely beautiful album, with so much richness that it seems almost impossible to imagine it could even exist. There are many twists and turns all along the way with captivating vocals and harmonies, with the atmosphere so inviting... Then track 3, ( 4:34) the first of 2 bonus tunes. " Spring" (Birds delight)... Well this is a delight, Antony's incredible keyboards and vocals with his wonderful backup vocals are just truly beautiful, with this upbeat tune with singing guitar and wonderful texture with that familiar Karfagen touch.. the vocals are truly amazing on this track... And the final track, #4 (5:33) "Sunrise", this may be Karfagen's most beautiful song to date, a beautiful nylon stringed guitar intro with a beautiful flute with some native american flute blended within, creates an unbelievable atmospheric mood that is enhanced by a wonderful chorus... I am covered with goosebumps just typing this as I listen... Antony's incredible keyboards are simply amazing as the song ends... You've got to get this incredible album! Thank you Anthony, you have really done it this time my friend, Thank you so very much for this incredible music! BRAVO!
Thomas Stith | 5/5 |

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