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3 stars Female vocals lead Italian prog.

Abash is a new name to me and a new found small gemstone in my view. This is their debut album. To this date, they have released three albums.

The album starts with some spoken words which is from Africa. The theme here is supposed to be Italy meets Africa. And indeed, Abash's sound is very much somewhere between Africa, the Middle East and Italy. The lines drawn meets somewhere above Cyprus, I guess...... But let's not get too much bogged down in maths and geometrical structures.

Much of the first half of this album is spent somewhere in Northern Africa. The title track Salentu e Africa is a good example. But the music also takes a detour to England and the neo-prog scene there and also gets a tinge of AOR. In short; this album is a pizza where all kinds of meat and vegetables is put onto the base which is a mix of prog metal and neo-prog. The basis is a mix of Dream Theater and Magenta, I would say. The musicians and the vocalists (both male and females) is doing a good job.

The quality is very good throughout with a lot of interesting melody lines and rhythm structures. My only gripes is the lack of a couple of killer tracks, althoug the title track is a great track. This is an impressive debut album from a band which deserves a lot more attention and respect than they have got so far.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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