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Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.74 | 33 ratings

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3 stars Ainur is an 18 piece big orchestra from Italy which somehow is listed as Rock Progressivo Italiano. I am not so sure about that based on this album and this album alone.

Ainur is one of the countless bands who has done something on Tolkien. So much that we can almost set up an own Tolkien genre. But wait a minute; we already have. It is called symphonic prog. OK, most Tolkien bands is somewhere between symphonic prog and progressive metal. More like what some Dutch bands is doing. Not to mention Nightwish.

Ainur has both legs in this landscape between symph and prog metal. Mostly in symph prog, it has to be said. Their sound is crystal clear without any hints of Rock Progressivo Italiano whatsoever. The musicians is doing a great job throughout. The vocals is both clear and operatic male and female vocals. The instruments is basically more of the classical orchestra setup with woodwinds and violins in addition to some electric guitars, tangents, bass and drums.

The problem with this album is that it is overly ambitious and it is doomed to fall flat on it's face if it does not have some really great pieces of music. Unfortunate, Children Of Hurin is sorely lacking one or two really great songs. The music here is good, but not great. I have to admit I tend to lose interest halfway through this album. But Children of Hurin is a good effort from the band which reached for the stars but did not quite make it.

A bland character for a bland album.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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