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Three Monks - Neogothic Progressive Toccatas CD (album) cover


Three Monks


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.90 | 40 ratings

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4 stars Who says innovation is dead ?

Three Monks did not listen to this claim and neither did All Over Everywhere, another band who has released a highly innovative album this year.

This album, Three Monks debut album, could had been recorded and released just as Christopher Columbus set sail for India, ehh..... make that America, in 1492. The pipe organs is that old. But then again, I don't think anyone back then would had been able to come up with a drum kit and a bass guitar. The 1900'th century rhythm section is very much a part of this album. The pipe organs is not. This combination makes this a first within the recording industry, my research has revealed.

The music is, well, the name on the tin does not lie. The music is Neogothic Progressive Toccatas. No less, no more. There is no vocals. Just heavy gothic music performed by pipe organs, bass and drums. Forget about gothic rock and all those goths with black leather and black lipsticks. Three Monks is the only real goths in town.

The music is all and all out cathedral music, with some excellent support from the bass and the drums. Put yourself in a big cathedral when you listen to this album. Or even better, take your MP3 player or Iplayer and go to a cathedral and then play this album (remember headphones). Which is exactly what I will do this weekend, btw. That will be an interesting experience.......

The quality is excellent throughout. The drums and bass adds texture to the dominant pipe organs and everything swirls around each other in perfect harmony. The music is also very dynamic in most places. Which is surprising, the music being performed with pipe organs. There is no doubts that Three Monks has rewritten the ABC of pipe organ playing with this album. A couple of killer tracks would had given this album a classic status instead of a mere cult status. But this is still an album fans of.......... well, everyone who visits ProgArchives will probably find this album interesting. This album is one to savior in the coming decades.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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