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Prog Folk

3.52 | 149 ratings

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3 stars Waiting and waiting (and waiting) for the tide to fall...

After the band's dissolution five years ago Karnataka regroup with a lineup built almost from scratch.

The Good: If you are looking for an introduction to the world of modern Progressive Folk then this is a good place to start. The album kicks off with a short instrumental, sounding like a cross between Lord of the Rings and Braveheart, before moving onto the main event, State of Grace. For me, this is the highlight of the whole album and flows effortlessly, with brilliant guitar and keyboards combining throughout in a style that is as symphonic as it is folk. Other standout tracks include The Serpent and the Sea, The Gathering Light and Forsaken which features some excellent drumming from new member Ian Harris.

The Bad: The lyrics are very basic and incredibly repetitive. To put this into context; if I had a pound for every time I heard the words "into the gathering light" then just listening to the title track would make me exactly 43 richer! Clocking in at the just over 68 minutes the album is also far too long and a bit of quality control (read: ditch Your World and Moment in Time) would not go amiss.

The Verdict: As warm and welcoming as its artwork.

Starhammer | 3/5 |


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