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UNDER A NEW SIGN

Knight Area

 

Neo-Prog

3.88 | 137 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. I do think this is an upgrade over their debut but these Neo-Proggers from The Netherlands fail to do for me what my favourite Neo-Prog albums do.There's a couple of songs that are of the heavier mode that I really enjoy but there's just not enough here for me to offer up 4 stars. Obviously i'm in the minority here as this has received high marks from the collaborators.

"A Different Man" has a spacey intro then synths and drums come in after a minute and vocals before 2 minutes. It kicks in at 3 1/2 minutes. "Exit L.U.M.C." opens with keys as heavy outbursts come and go and then stay.Vocals before 2 minutes as it settles some. A calm 5 1/2 minutes in with reserved vocals and a ballad-like mood to the end. "Mastermind" is a song I really like. It's fairly heavy with background synths.Vocals join in before a minute and we get a guitar solo before 3 minutes. "Under A New Sign" has lots of synths early then the keys and guitar trade off. "Courteous Love" is a mellow ballad-like tune with vocals. Cello too. It does turn fuller 5 minutes in when the vocals stop to the end.

"Dreamweaver" is the other song I like a lot. A nice heavy sound to start but it settles quickly and the vocals come in.The heaviness comes and goes. Spoken words end it. "A Different Man, Part II" is the longest track at over 13 minutes. It's mellow with acoustic guitar and synths early and then it kicks in with vocals after 2 1/2 minutes.Tasteful guitar before 6 minutes and the vocals are back 7 minutes in. A majestic ending to this song and album.

A good album with some excellent sections.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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