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3.47 | 56 ratings

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4 stars Areknamés is the self-titled debut full-length studio album by Italian progressive rock act Areknamés. I was drawn to the album reading reviews that compared the band´s sound to Van Der Graaf Generator.

That comparison turns out to be entirely true. Areknamés sound on this album is very close to the dark progressive rock of Van Der Graaf Generator. I would also add Genesis in their darkest hour to the influences. There is a considerable amount of guitar in Areknamés sound that sets the music apart from Van Der Graaf Generator but when lead vocalist Michele Epifani sings it´s hard not to be reminded of Peter Hammill. So there is a definite clone factor in the music that might turn some people off. The music is generally very dark and atmospheric with great contrasts between heavy sections and more mellow beautiful ones. There are also plenty of epic moments on the album such as the closing minutes of Grain Of Sand Lost In The Sea. The lyrics are very gloomy and so is the atmosphere but the song Boredom does seem like an attempt at having some fun. The use of what sounds like ( I can´t be sure if it´s synth pads) vintage keyboards/ synths are a big part of the sound.

The musicianship is excellent on the album and must be counted as one of the assets on the album. Michele Epifani is quite the multi-instrumentalist in addition to being a strong vocalist. He plays organ, electric piano, Mellotron, synthesizers, harpsichord, acoustic & electric guitars and recorder on the album. The drums are handled by Mino Vitelli and the bass duties are handled by Piero Ranalli. Don´t expect a stripped down trio sound though.

The production is for the most part good, but there are a few issues IMO that means the production isn´t excellent.

Areknamés is an interesting and sometimes even excellent debut album by Areknamés. If you´re bothered by the clone factor this album might not suit your taste much, but for me it´s a great album and a 3.5 - 4 star rating is deserved. Dark progressive rock! Yummi!!!

UMUR | 4/5 |


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