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Symphonic Prog

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4 stars Is Cast the western hemisphere's answer to The Flower Kings ?

If their other albums sounds like this album, the answer is a definate yes to that question. This double album is very much in the Roine Stolt mould, but not a copycat.

The ninety minutes here takes us from Genesis via Yes, King Crimson, Kaipa and ELP to today's retro symphonic prog scene. Magic Pie and Flower Kings is references. The Tangent to springs to mind. In other words; this double CD is a very tasty symphonic prog smorgasboard.

I guess you will now have sniffed out the type of music we find here. Long keyboard runs over some superb melodies. Some klarinet, saxophones and flutes can also be found here as snacky details. The vocals are superb. It helps that those are sung in Spanish. A language I do not understand, but the vocals in itself is like an extra instrument. Superb stuff. The superb sound is a mix of neo-prog and old symphonic prog.

My only gripe with this album is that is may feel a bit sameness after a while. Ninety minutes is a long time and I am afraid the band may have bitten over more than they, and I, can chew/swallow. But the music is very beautiful and it seriously impresses me. I am on the search for more albums from this band. Cast is a criminally ignored band and they deserve more recognition from my fellow progheads. This album is as good as any The Flower Kings albums and it can be compared to both Retropolis and Flower Power. It is that good.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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