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THE ARMADA

Rainbow Theatre

 

Symphonic Prog

3.64 | 28 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars The debut album from this Australian band who only released two albums before they vanished.

This album is by no means a run of the mill symphonic prog album. Their brand of music and sound is what is called cantus firmus. That is dark baroque music. In this case; dark baroque symphonic prog. I would say the music on this album is a cross between Gentle Giant, Aranis, Genesis and Italian symphonic prog. The mix of Gentle Giant like male vocals and female operatic vocals gives this album an edge. The same goes for the dark keyboards too which dominates this album.

Darkness is the key here and the opening suite The darkness motive is a case study in baroque chamber symphonic prog. The other suite The Armada is also heavy on the same motive.

Unfortunate, the sound quality is a bit too poor for me to really fully embrace the music here. A remastering would had been a good idea. But the quality of the material still shines through. This is a very good album by any means with The darkness motive as the best song/suite here. I like this album.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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