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The Enid - In the Region Of The Summer Stars (1984) CD (album) cover


The Enid


Symphonic Prog

4.24 | 205 ratings

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5 stars This is an excellent album by one of the most underrated groups. It's the ultimate symphonic album with very subtle textures, complex compositions and memorable themes. There is a big classical and soundtrack influence in the music. I can hear a lot of similarity to RACHAMNINOF, IVES, BARTOK etc. but I think there are no quotations. There are a few heavier moments but the overall atmosphere is romantic. I have just the re-recorded CD version. I don't find it by any means cold. There's so much dynamics and deep emotions in the music. The LP version is supposed to be even better but the band had to re-record it, because EMI refused to release it or letting the band have the original tapes. They also had to use alternate titles and a new cover.

"Fool" is a misterious intro with piano intro, trumpet solo and atmospheric sounds.

"The Tower of Babel" is an energetic track with a galloping rhythm. Melodies and harmonies are sometimes similar to Bartok's folk explotations.

"The Reaper" is a darker track with a lot of dynamics. It's similar to soundtrack music.

"The Loved Ones" is a gentle romantic piece in the style of Rachmaninof.

"The Demon King" is a darker piece with dissonant but lively melodies. It shows Godfrey as a knowledgeable composer.

"Pre-Dawn/Sunrise" has a sublime trumpet intro. The piece starts dreamy and pastoral and finishes with a majestic finale.

"The Last Day/The Flood" is a piece built on a bolero rhythm. It has a similar aproach as Ravel's "Bolero". The main theme is presented in different instrumentations and variations with increasing dynamics. A great range of moods. At the end we hear the trumpet theme from "Fool" that serves as a link to the next track.

"Under The Summer Stars/Adieu" is a piece based on two main themes. First theme is the danceable flute intro and the second theme is presented with a majestic two-voiced guitar melody. Again we can hear a lot of variations on themes with interesting transitions and good developement.

"Rverbations" is a bonus track. It's in a different style and closer to VANGELIS. A long moody ambient piece. Rather lifeless but it's a bonustrack anyway.

Conclusion: Such a perfect fusion of classical and rock is rarely heard. This is a symphonic prog masterpiece and anyone interested in this genre should check it out!

terramystic | 5/5 |


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