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Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 317 ratings

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2 stars Wake me up when it's over, I should say!!

Ok, such retro-prog (old King Crimson and a bit Gentle Giant-like), in the manner of the dark progressive bands from Scandinavia (do you remember White Willow, Anglagard or bands like these ones?), is good from the point of view their skill, but this kind of symphonic mood is not able to be truly desirable in our times!! The title track is too much long (27 minutes long!) and it's not equal to "Supper's Ready" from Genesis for instance...that is I'm bored when I listen to a typical Mellotron or a synthesizer according to such a Keith Emerson's standard mood, in a sort of never-ending emulation, especially all along their main suite; instead I'm satisfied when a find a great versatility (here lacking so much), for example within the well produced and arranged albums belonging to a more versatile ensemble like After Crying (also paying a tribute to the old "dinosaurs" of the seventies, but keeping their unique style anyway)..don't get me wrong, I don't hate the retro-prog style, cause it all depends on the cleverness of the members! The intelligent emulation or the personal music skill are not enough- in my opinion- to guarantee the final result; in fact such features should be enriched by means of a "secure" creativity, while "Wobbler" lack here, in comparison to my personal exigencies as a musician. But if you think of the retro-style by the melodic "Renaissance" or Anglagard (these latter-along with Sinkadus- closer to Wobbler, you can understand what I mean...) and- moreover- regarding Frank Zappa and Gerswhin like immortal examples of the symphonic music without a time, can you find this important characteristic inside the album "Hinterland"? I don't think so, but make your own choice as usual- once again!!

You could also add an half star, if you're completely into the retro-style without creativity!

lor68 | 2/5 |


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