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Symphonic Prog

4.43 | 195 ratings

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5 stars Finally, the new album by Wobbler is out. The revival of the Symphonic prog rock started in the 90s in Scandinavia wih Landberk, Anglagard, Par Lindh and Anekdoten, presenting a style that combined the most English/Italian vein of 70s symphonic prog rock with somber/desolated and folk passages, and with good doses of experimentation. Of all those bands, I think that Wobbler is the one that has best managed to incarnate this spirit, and the one I enjoy the most. So, what do we have here?

By the banks (9.5/10) - A mini epic that seems a lost theme from their previous album, From Silence to Somewhere, and that serves as a perfect bridge between the two works. I love the first half, but there are some moments of the second one that I find little disjoined.

Five rooms (10/10) - If Wobbler does something good, is to be heavy whithout forgetting the melody. Here, all the song builds a crescendo towards the great finale. This track is a masterpiece itself and it has that Canterbury organ that I love so much.

Naiad dreams (6/10) - This one is a miss for me. It is beautiful, no doubt, but I expected something more like Rendered in Shades of green.

Merry macabre (9/10) - A very good epic that starts with a mellow but tense piano and builds up a brlliant and complex palette of sounds. So much influences here, from Renaissance, Yes (especially Wakeman) to Gentle Giant. Check the ending please. Amazing.

Overall, a nearly perfect album that does not reach the heights of their previous one, but that will be in the top 5 of albums of the year for sure. Highly recommended.

Soul2Create | 5/5 |


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