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Grobschnitt - Rockpommel's Land  CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.85 | 191 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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4 stars After the a bit polished LP "Jumbo", Grobschnitt released this concept-album, an obvious more adventurous one! The brainchild behind "Rockpommel's land" is keyboard player Mist delivering the wonderful cover paintings (in the vein of Roger Dean), theme and conception.

Analysing the music in the four compositions (between 4 and 21 minutes), the focus on is the inspired vocal performance, the strong and varied guitarplay and the inventive drum work along tasteful colouring from the keyboards (strings, Mellotron, synthesizers, piano, clavinet, organ). On side one the music is dreamy (sometimes a bit tame) with only some eruptions and accellarations. But gradually it carries you more and more away to progheaven, culminating in the amazing titletrack on side two with halfway moving choir-Mellotron waves and then lots of flowing changing climates featuring mellow parts with wonderful twanging acoustic guitar and compelling eruptions with fiery electric guitar and bombastic keyboards. The final part contains a wonderful build-up, first soaring keyboards and fine electric guitar and then sparkling piano and sensitive, howling electric guitar runs, bombastic organ and adventurous drums, WONDERFUL AND MOVING, what a 'grand finale'!

erik neuteboom | 4/5 |


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