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Symphonic Prog

3.77 | 52 ratings

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Steve Hegede
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5 stars I recently received this CD from Boheme Music International from the Czech Republic. This new label is planning on releasing 35 or so progressive rock albums from ex-USSR states. And after listening to the three CDs that they sent me for review, I can tell you that we will be in for a musical treat. HORIZONT's 1984 debut, "Summer In Town", is a stunning album. The music is at times symphonic in a YES-like fashion, while other times it borders on synth avant-garde and even RIO (Rock-in-opposition). The sound-quality is excellent and rich with thick keyboards (YES-like Church organ, Moog synths, and bass pedals), and occasional choir. Their guitarist is influenced by Steve HOWE, and provides some tasty guitar chops. In fact, he also reminds me a bit of the guy in MODRY EFEKT. The album consists of three long tracks. The first track is complex, optimistic, and energetic. Try to imagine a complex, and prog, version of ASIA (I'm not kidding!) and you'll have some idea of what the music sounds like. The next two tracks are a bit different, but approach the avant-garde sound that HORIZONT would experiment with on the next album. These two tracks somehow mix avant-garde synth work (tons of thick Moog work), RIO, with lush YES-like symphonic sections, and busy prog rock. Some of the passages also come close to soundtrack music. Overall, these two tracks are more avant-prog in nature, but really define the band. HORIZONT comes highly recommended. Fans of YES, RIO, and especially analog synths, will love the music here.
Steve Hegede | 5/5 |


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