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METAMORPHIC ROCK

Moraine

 

Eclectic Prog

4.53 | 12 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars Denis Rea and his Moraine live at Nearfest 2010.

It is odd when a band release one studio album and then follows it up with a live album. In this case, the matter is not that simple. Yes, this is a Moraine live album. But the material here also incorporate Denis Rea's material from outside Moraine too. He released the excellent solo album Views From Chicheng Precipice in his very busy year annus stressilis 2010. Maybe not good Latin, but you get my drift. And then there was the Iron Kim Style album too.

Moraine gives us over an hour of intense eclectic progressive rock which reminds me about the music Mahavishnu Orchestra gave us back in the 1970s. Moraine is in the same territory. Listening to this album is a perspiring experience due to the intensity of the music. But this album and the live performance also have a more thoughtful segment in the form of a ten minutes long suite (Disoriental Suite) lifted from Denis Rea's abovementioned solo album Views From Chicheng Precipice. A superb suite, it is. The rest of this live album is also great with an emphasis of breaking down barriers between jazz and prog. The rhythm structures is eclectic. The music is played as in fusion. This album straddles both genres with some Yes structures played with a Mahavishnu Orchestra like intensity and musicianship.

This is by no means easy listening music so beware. But this album is worth checking out if intense eclectic prog, bordering to fusion, is your thing. But don't expect an easy ride.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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