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Effa Lente


Crossover Prog

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4 stars A sweet suite.

"The Effa Lente Configuration: Parts 1-4" was released as the debut album created / produced by The EFFA LENTE, a one-man project of a multi-instrumentalist David Alfred REILLY. Such a huge, magnificent scale for a debut creation reminds me of "Chicago Transit Authority", but his musical style has been well-integrated and matured, even though this stuff is his first opus. An over-44-minute suite (only one track in an album) is so long and voluminous enough that you should listen to it carefully and intentionally. However, deep, rich, heavy soundscape full of colourful variety will never be boring.

The first attack ... what an unsettled, mystic synthesizer shout it is. As if you were drenched in a heavy shower at the Crimson King Court, dark and mysterious melodic scape has bumped into you one after another. Beautiful sensitive keyboard stream combined with pretty complicated rhythm basis is eccentrically addictive. Safe and sound moments can often be heard but basically depth of melody lines goes forward in a theatrical, dramatic manner. Likely to stray into David's magical dimension. His strict, dynamic instrumental control or technique (inspired by heavy / metal progressive, classical music, or more I imagine ... especially through classic piano phrases in the middle and at the last, or violin-like lines in the latter) is beyond expression.

Basically the atmosphere via this suite sounds like King Crimson in Fripp-Wetton-Bruford era meets Dream Theater. Based upon deep, heavy rhythm construction, melodic diversity (sometimes metallic and hardcore, sometimes melodic and lyrical) is launched here and there. David's rhythmic dark ground, keyboard-oriented flower-gardens, guitar-based explosions ... all are enchanting and fantastic. Recently a long progressive track would tend to be avoided I guess (even in the current progressive rock scene), Nonetheless this music enthusiasm has kinda power to make you enjoy without breath. Why don't you have a try?

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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