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After Crying


Symphonic Prog

3.95 | 19 ratings

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2 stars I was looking forward to watch this DVD for a long time, their first two albums are one of the most inspiring musical records I own, and I have a tremendous respect for the band, especially Vedres Csaba and Peter Pejtsik. Vedres Csaba once said: "My main musical aim is to compose pieces that are modern and up to classical standards yet accessible. I don't believe in the coldness and inhuman nature of the so-called modern music. In my opinion, during the history of music the 'high music' that was over-sophisticated by the musical establishment has gained renewed influence again from initiatives coming from popular music. I consider rock music as being such a possibility in our age. I think that everlasting values can be created by combining the energetic rhythms of rock and the beautiful traditions of classical music." I believe that him together with Peter achieved that in mayor scale; but this DVD shows not only the lack of originality and genuine but an awfull fusion that could best heard from Japonese Fusion bands instead of After Crying. I've got to admit that Ferenc Torma is one of the worst guittarists I've ever heard; trying to sound like Fripp wich isnt accomplished by any means and an off pitch sound that clearly does not get along with the beautifull sound of a Cello on its acoustic form. I have read a interview with Peter Pejtsik on Periferic Records and he said he felt like progresive bands of nowadays mostly "neo-prog" werent progressing at all, he stated that he also does not hear prog that much, I felt the SAME way about this concert it is definitely a REGRESSION than a progression. The pianist lacks any sense of emotion, and the drummer does a nice job but nothing here seems to achieve anything special except for Peter playing and his soloing on "Stonehenge". The DVD production is quite good, the cameras also does a really good job as well. Bands like "Isildurs Bane" and "Solaris" successfuly added electric guitars that does a perfect job, After Crying has NOT succeed in this area at all. The band nowadays offers nothing new, the singer is also a big let Down, nothing that could really relate to Central Europe singers. Theres a lot of talented being wasted in After Crying, I've followed their carreer since the beginning and I've also said "This band is totally underrated" but nowadays I feel it jumped to the other extreme being totally overrated. Balasz Winkler is another pure gold artist that should be more eploided but his trumpet giving a Jazzy Miles Davis is instant killed by the awfull guitars. I like ELP and King Crimson as well but they NEVER tried to be Jazz when they werent and never went classical when they shouldnt, thats why I have noticed that is confusing on AC, one thing is to make something original other is try to mix bananas with onions. There is nothing promissing about the band nowadays except for the arrangments from Peter and some interesting ideas that somehow vanishes as soon as they turn the "fusion" button on and they fall in the category of those lowsy wannabe japonese fusions tribute bands doing neo-classical. Definetely for Fans only.

OvergroundMusic | 2/5 |


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