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King Eider


Symphonic Prog

3.60 | 40 ratings

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Marty McFly
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4 stars Beautiful symphonic melodies, with this "beautiful beyond our cognition" feeling. Holland have to be happy country, they produce so many symphonic bands, that it makes me save all money I have and emigrate there. Even I don't do drugs, which is the reason for most of people. Nope, drugs can't be cause, it's probably all these windmills.

Some music is keyboards driven, some songs are showing vocal skills, but this one is half calm atmosphere, half melody driven. In fact, important factor is that melody is everything here, so for me it's reason why to play this album as much as possible. On one side of melody spectrum lies pop and on the other side is Symphonic prog. After all, this music reminds me "Flamborough Head", both posses strong melody factor, are from Netherlands, but instead of FH, there is not much vocal parts, just few songs, like King of Ducks (with typical /quack/ sounds), containing quite well known melody, so nothing new for me. Good, yeah, but not new.

Few things prevents me from calling this masterpiece. Of course, those of you, who embrace strong compositions consisting of guitar solos will be pleased, but there are also calm parts, maybe intended as fillers between tracks (and sometimes even within tracks), which wasn't necessary.

4(+) for balanced record full of tasty (if this word means addictive, persuades you to listen to it again) melodies done in professional prog style.

Marty McFly | 4/5 |


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