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3 stars Phlegethon is the 4th full-length studio album by Italian progressive rock/ metal act Kingcrow. The album was released in May 2010 by Scarlet Records.

Phlegethon is a 65:53 minute long concept album. The storyline involves love and tragedy as the main ingredients. As such a classic theme. The music on the album is progressive metal with strong ties to neo progressive rock in the vein of post Fish-era Marillion. An act like Porcupine Tree also comes to mind and the bluesy David Gilmour influenced guitar solos gives away a Pink Floyd influence. When the music is most "metal" influenced Iīm reminded of the least technical Dream Theater tracks and the music on Phlegethon is overall not that technical in style. Thereīs an emphasis on pleasant and warm atmosphere instead. The emotional vocal delivery by Diego Marchesi further emphasises this. Thatīs not to say that the band are not well playing and there are parts on the album that are pretty impressive, so progressive metal fans should not be left too wanting. Tracks like Timeshift Box and the last part of Numb (Incipit, Climax & Coda) are examples of the more technical progressive metal on the album. Just donīt expect this to be a Watchtower clone if you know what I mean. The many soft and mellow parts on the album took me a while to appreciate but the more I listen the more the melodies unfold and the more those parts have become interesting. The fact that all songs are well composed and the musicianship is strong makes up for the most easy listening parts. The latter parts are fortunately few.

The production is warm and professional. A good sound for the music.

Phlegethon is a good release by Kingcrow. I find it to be an enjoyable and pleasant listen. A 3.5 star rating is fully deserved. Fans of progressive metal with a neo progressive rock touch should definitely check this one out. Phlegethon didnīt impress me right away, so this is an album that has grown on me and keeps getting better and better with each spin.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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