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STROMATOLITE

Outer Limits

 

Symphonic Prog

4.00 | 58 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars An interesting slab of heavy techical symphonic prog from Japan.

Outer Limits is said to be one of the more original symphonic prog bands from Japan. I don't know about that. But I would agree with a claim that they are a very good band. Unfortunate; great musicians and technical abilities does not always equal great albums.

Outer Limits comes across as a blend of Dream Theater, Ars Nova and ELP. They have a very modern orchestral sound. The music is driven forward by violin, electric guitars, some vocals and various organs. From church organs to plastic sounding synths. The latter ones is something they could has spared us for.

Both the songs and the sound are good throughout. I am not happy about the too synthetic synth sound which dominates too much of this album. I feel this sound kills some of the best songs here. But if this type of sound is your cup of tea, this album should be purchased. Besides of the disagreeable parts of this album, this album is rather great. My other gripe though is the absence of any truly great tracks on this album. Hence my lack of enthusiasm. But still; it is well worth checking out this album.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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