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RALEFUN

Antonius Rex

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.19 | 33 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This album from "Antonius Rex" is much more accessible than their previous releases. Actually, I couldn't enjoy their first three efforts (I only liked very "Jacula" s debut actually).

This album which is on the short side opens with a symphonic and harmonious "Magic Sadness". Fully instrumental (as most of their music up to now) but easier in approach than most of their songs so far. Even if the global atmosphere is not truly joyful, this album conveys quite enjoyable moments: "Agonia Per Un Amore" which features fine fluting with some oppressive background music (this is still an "Antonius Rex" album, don't worry).

The relation with "Black Widow" is definite during the heavier and upbeat "Witch Dance". Again, fluting is quite accurate. It is not the first time that I could find a musical relation between both bands. There is even some "dance" feel available in here!

Their dark music is also represented on this "Relafun", but again, it has been fully "humanized" and is quite enjoyable ("Incubus"). The flute addition is of course not alien to this feeling (as you might know, I quite like this instrument).

I wouldn't be as positive about the disco-oriented "Einsteinesse's Memory" which is rather poor and sounds better while pressed next?

Nonetheless, this is by far their best work ever. The closing track is rather hermetic though and should be related with their earlier work: the mood is experimental, dark, almost doom at times. Not too enchanting?

A good album overall. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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