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SHADOWLANDS

Glass Hammer

 

Symphonic Prog

3.72 | 167 ratings

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lor68
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4 stars To me this work is a backward step in comparison to "Lex Rex", but it's very good. In fact the whole album is a bit inferior than "Lex Rex", from the point of view of its dynamics and variety as well, regarding of the "layout" of the suites and of its quite usual orchestrations too!!

But the output is anyway excellent, except on some weak rhythmical parts... The melodies sometimes are in the vein of the works by TEARS FOR TEARS, in other circumstances such songs are more similar to the harmonic solutions by the US prog band ECHOLYN (listen to the chorus section of the 1st track).Therefore the magical and simple interplay between the guitars and the keyboards, enriched by means of an epic atmosphere, makes this album well worth checking out!! Of course I prefer some less prolix parts from "Lex Rex", but anyway the melodies (sometimes resembling some works by YES, like "Going for the One", within track #2) are often interesting, even though a bit tiring during the development of the last suite!!Otherwise you should prefer much more such complexity, in comparison to their most melodic and easier as well previous work "Lex Rex"!! Check it out and make your personal choice!!

lor68 | 4/5 |

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