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Symphonic Prog

3.84 | 372 ratings

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4 stars Smoke from a familiar source...

'In The Wake of Evolution' is the band's second release since influential guitarist Roine Stolt left the band (for the second time), and proves they still have what it takes to make an excellent album. The Swedish veterans have never strayed far from the symphonic formula over the years, but this is certainly more powerful than most. The style is reminiscent of both Yes and The Flower Kings, excellent guitar work, a mixture of light and heavy synths, top notch vocals, punchy basslines and the occasional bombastic drum fill. The lyrics are hippyish but not exactly cringe-worthy, and the song structure provides some nice variation.

If there was one flaw to this release it would be its length. At just over 70 minutes it could do easily shed a track a track of two and still provide the same magic. If that were the case it might even be in contention for five stars, such is the quality of the music.

The Verdict: Countless reiterations of the classic 70s symphonic style have sprung up over the past decade, but 'In The Wake of Evolution' is better than most, and a great starting point for discovering Kaipa.

Starhammer | 4/5 |


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