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4.15 | 198 ratings

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3 stars Regarding another interesting prog band from Hungary like Solaris, I can say that They were very close to excellence and sometimes even going beyond their personal limits, but never up to After Crying for instance, these latter hungarian group being much more versatile in comparison to Solaris...don't get me wrong, the musicians which composed the present suite were a quite remarkable ensemble, creative enough (especially during their long instrumental numbers), but probably lacking of that quality leap, that could have been led them to other music territories. I mean, They are not able to revisit the symphonic music of the 20th century for example (from Zappa to Gershwin and Ravel) unlike After Crying nor trying to look for new music solutions...anyway their use of the analogical and vintage instrumentation (synthesizers such as the Proteus emulator) is not bad, even though They forget the piano, the Hammond and mellotron. Nevertheless the interplay between guitar and keyboard is not enough in my opinion and not completely convincing...their music is a typical progressive rock with a few hints of New AGE music, but when they play an easy song such as "The Moment Of Truth", I think of the light moments within the Canterburian scene or also of Camel; instead the extraordinary music passages inside the long suites with a 70's feeling (do you remember "Hybris" by Anglagaard or once again "Fold Es Eg" by After Crying?) are not the main features of "Book of Prophecies". Nevermind, cause the album is quite remarkable after all, and at the end you could evaluate the present work a 4 stars' light symphonic prog work", between the best Hungarian top prog albums...

Not bad and sometimes essential too!!

lor68 | 3/5 |


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