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ON PHENOMENA AND EXISTENCES

Rational Diet

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.86 | 41 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars ProgArchives and the prog world never fails to amazes me. New amazing bands pops up all the time.

Rational Diet from Belorussia is not a new band. They have been around for a long time. But I have not been aware of them until recently and through the interview I did with them. On Phenomena and Existences is their fifth album and the first one I have heard from this band.

Rational Diet does an acoustic chamber orchestra type of avant-garde/RIO. The nearest reference for a novice like myself is Aranis. Afenginn is also another reference point. But Rational Diet plays a lot darker music on this album than you will find on any Aranis album. They are pretty close to Present and Univers Zero at times. Not to mention the Zeuhl genre when female vocals is applied to this music. Though I would not say this album is a totally dark album. It also has it's light sides too. But is it leaning more towards Richard Wagner than Johan Sebastian Bach, let me put it this way. It also have a lot of speed and fluency too. Very much fluency, I would say. It also draws in jazz and fusion elements in some melodies too.

The quality of the material is great throughout. Most of all; the music is fascinating with a lot of layers. This album is like peeling an onion (without the tears, that is). You think you have got it and then there is another layer below it. That is all the hallmarks of a quality product, in my view. Hence my sprinkling of stars over this album.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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