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4.01 | 70 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars 3,5 stars really!!

If you read Mr. Vasquez's review of the previous Five Suns, he talks about Nebelnest doing this sort of music better and about this album being much better than that one. The good thing aboput this site is that we are allowed to express our different opnions. I did not hear of this album prior going to the concert in Brussels on March 3rd and a good deal of it was presented in concert. This sounded awesome and as good as the Five Suns album they had also played for the most part that evening. Upon the remark about Nebelnest, yes they are relatively better (but Nebelnest is a foursome and have a guitarist) using some slideshow , but definitely much more static on stage than Guapo.

But upon repeated listenings, I can obviously say that I disagree rather strongly with the fellow reviewer, as this album is more of the same but definitely lamer and tamer. The influences you heard in previous albums ( Crimson, Magma) are still quite present but the Post rock is taking a bit more space here. There are longer (and it seems endless) moments where they meander around (a bit aimlessly, I must say) before starting up their 100 MPH Crimsonic folly! It all seems a bit tedious but still extremely well done. It appears that Mr. Thompson will not play guitar anymore as he has not for the last two albums , now. Too bad because some guitar would have added to the music they presented here.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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