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2 stars Not their finest hour.

Ageness from Finland returns with their third album. Officially, it is their second album though. The Scarab album is more a Scarab album than an Ageness album. Well, enough about that.

It seems like Ageness is having problems finding their feet on this album. The result is some rather strange influences. Mostly from Marillion, but you can clearly also hear echoes from David Bowie and his days. There are also a lot of folk hall and theater music here aka Ange and the French symphonic prog scene. In other words; theatrical symphonic prog. And yes, it is impossible not to mention Peter Gabriel and Genesis too. It took me approx 100 words to do that. A new PA review records for Ageness, I gather.

The instrumentations is a pretty questionable vocalist which fits the theatre aspect but nothing else, tangents, guitars, bass and drums. The instruments skills is OK.

The quality of music is not particular great though. There is nothing substantial good here. Some good melody lines yes, but nothing more. This album feels a bit generic and I would not be able to get this band or album in a blind test. In other words; this is not an album I would recommend. It is not a hopeless album by all means, but it is obvious the band was struggling to find an identity and to come up with some good songs. They failed on both accounts. But there were some green shoots along the way, though.

2.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |


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