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Ars Nova (JAP) - The Book Of The Dead [Aka: Reu Nu Pert Em Hru] CD (album) cover


Ars Nova (JAP)


Symphonic Prog

3.46 | 55 ratings

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3 stars Japanese female (!) trio plays highly energetic keyboard based progressive rock, heavily influenced by Keith Emerson/ELP early works. The music is quite skilled technically (ok, drummer work could be more complex), with drive, and sounds very masculine.

Sound is a bit more modern, than ELP, but generally all played on the same key. There are all pros and cons of this work - from the very first sounds the music will catch you, but after few songs, you just will notice, that under the great sound there is in fact the same long song.

The album is conceptual and contains many short compositions in between some longer. Full instrumental, it still sounds good enough to be capable to attract your attention till the end. But for being really good work, there should be something more (possible vocal, or better composition) added. After listening, I got light feeling that this music is coming from the same place as Vanessa Mai's one. Just, more rock and more progressive.

In all, average progressive album, but with some pleasant moments for ELP fans.

snobb | 3/5 |


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