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3.07 | 6 ratings

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3 stars Here is a little progressive nugget from Holland whose theme is Dante's 'Divina Comedia'. Although not as dark as you would expect, the music is nevertheless quite dramatic and faintly reminiscent of DAVID BOWIE and PETER GABRIEL. It does, however, have a quality of its own, thanks in part to some catchy hooks and to BRASSÉ's unique vocals. Unfortunately, about one third of the 17 tracks are what I would call 'transition noises'; so I'll concentrate on the others.

The album opens with "Love & Hate", a tune with a pulsating, disjointed beat, ARENA style; unfortunately, however, it soon degenerates into a very average ballad. The ominous "Vigil" follows where BRASSÉ steps in with his 'satanic' vocals, a bit like STEVE HACKETT's on "The Devil Is an Englishman". Then comes "Follow Me Down" with some catchy, almost disco beat, and the instrumental "Inferno" which would would fit in perfectly onto an AYREON album. This is where the CD starts to get interesting. "Dante - The Pit" is a throbbing piece with a crisp, prominent drum play. 'Paolo and Francesca" is a simple but effective ballad with an interesting exchange of male and female vocals. "Sharks & Herrings" and "Betrayal" are both a little weird (imagine yourself finger-popping on some machine-gun drumming - hard to explain, really). "Lucifer" is a hellish vocal piece with an African beat and some female wailing in the background (another weird one!); the voice is faintly reminiscent of Clare Torry on PINK FLOYD's "Dark Side of the Moon". The track "Beatrice" reminds me a lot of the FLOYD's "Comfortably Numb". Finally, the album closes with a short but nostalgic instrumental with a strong 'CAMEL' feel to it. This is far from a masterpiece and I would gladly have welcomed a fuller production; nevertheless, it's worth seeking out because it truly stands on its own.

Hibou | 3/5 |


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