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Spleen Arcana


Crossover Prog

3.22 | 25 ratings

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3 stars At times pretty interesting debut from this French artist.

An updated brand of symphonic progressive rock of the vintage variety is what we're served on this excursion. On one hand gentle passages with acoustic guitars, piano and keys of various kinds are served; but contrasting these highly vintage segments passages where more modern elements from prog metal are added to the mix. For these latter parts of the album the symphonic prog fan will probably be relieved to know that these elements are toned down though; you can hear where it's coming from but it doesn't drag this album anywhere near metal territories.

This artist has stories to tell, which is where I kind of lose interest a bit on this production. The vocal segments are numerous, and as I don't immerse myself in the lyrics but rather the music these bountiful passages with vocals failed to catch my interest. They are nice enough, but doesn't come across as anything out of the ordinary for me.

Those with a passion for lyrics should take a note of this one though - if you love symphonic prog and truly enjoy listening to music while having the lyrics sheet in your hand this is an album calling out to you.

Windhawk | 3/5 |


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