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LOVE HATE ROUND TRIP

Areknamés

 

Eclectic Prog

3.75 | 63 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars In my review of their debut album, I wrote that this band is a very talented band which may deliver a great album one day......... or something to that effect. Well, they have just delivered this album.

Areknames continues down the same path from the debut album........ with some subtle changes. The album starts as a mix of Trouble and Kings's X and I was fearing the worst for during the first minute of this album. But this album soon clicked into gear, read a straight Van Der Graaf Generator worship. It is well known that both Yes and Genesis has their copycat bands. Marillion, Realm, Starcastle, Druid and numerous others. Van Der Graaf Generator has Areknames in their fan club, nee copycat club.

Well, straight copycats, Areknames is not. They have actually their own ID. This album is pretty heavy with a lot of Trouble vibes. The Genesis influences is more or less ditched on this album. There are some symphonic prog vibes here, but they are more in the direction of some RPI bands than just Genesis. PFM for example. But this album is very heavy, as in Wagnerian heavy and not in heavy metal heavy. The classical composer Richard Wagner has a lot to answer for on this album.

The quality is great throughout. There are some outstanding passages throughout and this album never fails to impress. There are no killer tracks here though. This album is also very long (seventy-eight minutes !), but I have no problems staying awake throughout despite of the lack of the dot over the i which would had elevated this album to a deserved classics status. This album also renews my interest in Van Der Graaf Generator too. In my view, this is a great album which in particular will brighten up the lives of the VDGG fans here and other epic prog fans. I cannot wait to listen to their new album.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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