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The Windmill


Heavy Prog

3.80 | 91 ratings

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4 stars Heavy Prog as in traditional Norwegian prog........

I was a bit miffed when I discovered that The Windmill had been put in this category. Then I listened to this album a couple of times and the pieces in this jigsaw puzzle fell into place. My objections was removed forthwith.

The band may disagree with me, but I see a clear red line from this album back to the first generation of Norwegian prog bands from the 1970s. The accent, the instruments, the Pink Floyd fascination, the sound, the overly ambitious songs and the folk rock references. I don't think The Windmill will ever convince anyone that they are a band from USA, Chile, Italy, Holland or even England. Made In Norway is written all over their sound. Just like with the debut album from D'Accord, btw. And that is a very good thing about The Windmill.

My dull musings aside..........

The two opening tracks Cinnamon and The Colour of Seasons lulls the listener into the false impression that this band is a light-weight prog rock band. Two excellent tracks, they are. The latter one is my favorite. Those two tracks has both some rock and Pink Floydish space rock over them. The Windmill then change gear and direction on the third, the twenty- two long track A Day in a Hero's Life. This is an epic in the Yes and Genesis vein. It is also a pretty heavy prog track which leads my thoughts over to Rush too. Not to mention Jethro Tull at Aqualong. A Day in a Hero's Life is an excellent epic and a proof that this band has a lot of different arrows in their armory. The three closing tracks really establish The Windmill as a complex band which is not afraid of mixing complex melody lines and rhythm patterns with almost commercial melodies and heavy metal guitar riffs.

The quality of their material is excellent throughout. My only gripe is that not all tracks is fantastic. But this is still an excellent addition to any prog rock collection. I will also rate The Windmill as one of the best Norwegian prog bands in a very impressive scene. Forget black metal. The Norwegian prog scene is the only true Viking ship armada on the seven seas and the one you should all throw your gold and silver coins at.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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