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3.49 | 30 ratings

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3 stars English lyrics, neo-prog music ("Wind- Tanned Horses") with some symphonic elements ("Sacred Healing Light") or some fine medieval little piece ("Charlotte's Dream") are available on this album from the Italian band "Yleclipse".

All this is well crafted although vocals are below average. But since Alessio Guerrero is in charge of that department from the very beginning of the band, there is nothing new under the sky.

Instrumental sections are by far the most interesting ones like during the wonderful introduction of the title track (also a constant remark throughout their discography): guitar is often emotional but at the end of the day it sounds as a second tier "Pendragon" as far as I'm concerned.

This is also a lengthy album which would have gained if cut by fifteen minutes or so. Anyway, if you fancy to listen to an early "Marillion" clone, why not give it a try to this work. As such it is not too bad (except weak vocals overall) but don't expect the fantasy and complexity of genuine Italian prog bands. But there is nothing wrong with this.

The long and closing "The Day The Wooden Leopard Roared" is a perfect summary of the whole album: good neo prog music, delicate guitar and a bit more synths than usual. A good song. As the album.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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