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3.04 | 21 ratings

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3 stars This second effort from French outfit Abacab will probably surprise a few listeners. And for starters: They don't sound very much alike Genesis, despite their chosen name.

Dramatic and often heavy sounding atmospheres are prevalent features on this production, where a heavy and at times rather primitive hard rock sound courtesy of the guitars is the main feature. The vocal delivery caters for most of the dramatics, in what some refer to as a French tradition - utilizing theatrical effects in the vocal department.

Blended into this foundation are lighter and more subtle elements - wandering and plucked guitar patterns, lighter, floating synths and atmospherioc guitar soloing - all of these features with a distinct vintage Neo-Prog nature to them. Guitars and bass tends to add in elements from funk too, while the organ supplies vintage sounding elements when needed.

This makes for an innovative overall sound at times, but also deeply contrasting escapades that doesn't manage to add up as a whole. Some really good tracks and a few rather horrible ones. The long playtime of the CD ensures that this won't be much of a problem though - those who'd like to check out this album will get good value for money even if some tracks most probably will be skipped.

Windhawk | 3/5 |


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