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Symphonic Prog

3.30 | 32 ratings

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4 stars US act Ajalon has produced a solid effort with this third effort of theirs, and one that should appeal well outside of the borders of the Christian prog scene.

And although this most recent effort of theirs thankfully is mostly free of preaching lyrics they do have stories to tell, and they make sure that the stories are noticed - the vocals are an integral part of the soundscape in all vocal passages, the voice an instrument in it's own right on top of a musical backdrop much more subdued.

The music in itself is somewhat subdued generally, careful and subtle passages with a light and positive timbre are found aplenty on this venture. Acoustic or clean electric guitars with subtle layered keys and synths in rich arrangements is the setup of choice, with an insistent bass as the foundation and soloing passages for more energetic excursions. The latter mostly featuring keyboard or synth dominated ventures.

A select few darker-tinged songs adds variation, and the added contrast of these tracks make them stand out from the rest as well, with Lullaby of Bedlam as a distinct highlight in my personal opinion. A strong effort overall.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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