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COSMIC CENTURY

Wallenstein

 

Symphonic Prog

3.57 | 70 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars The music from their third album is at the crossroad of "Grobschnitt", and "Floyd" on this one. After a soft psychedelic opening track, the band offers a real great tune with "Sweet Perdition": avant la lettre Floydean guitar (this was recorded in '73), sumptuous keys and a challenging beat to top it all! A great instrumental track for sure and a highlight in my opinion.

The second long track "Silver Arms" also shines here: thanks to a superb second half which features a strong guitar section; rounded by a very skilled group of musicians. This is a very melodic and symphonic piece which might well be one of the bands ever. A bit hesitant and chaotic in its initial phase although the solid organ part is quite sustained and should please fans of the heavy prog genre. It is another highlight of course.

But almost each track is very well done and interesting: it is again the case with "Song Of Wire" which is a superb crescendo-built song which definitely needs to be known even if short vocals are not the best here. The Floydean closing number is again quite enjoyable and it is a very good end for a very good album actually.

Seven out of ten easily; but upgraded to four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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