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Novalis - Sommerabend CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.76 | 178 ratings

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4 stars Novalis third album, Sommerabend, is surely one of the best albums from Germany. The album is made of 3 tracks, Aufbruch, Wunderschätze and Sommerabend.

The album opening track, Aufbruch opened is a track that can fit any symphonic band album. It's built with a nice melodic motive, which takes heavy inspiration from bands like Camel. The composition is well written.

The second track, Wunderschätze, is another lovely track. The work of Rahn on the keyboards is great, and the vocals are sad, and fit well with the atmosphere of the track.

The last track is the highlight of the album. Sommerabend is a track that stands well within the Symphonic Rock genre's greatest bands. All the musicians do a great job with the track, playing perfectly in the first half. The tension is well built, and is growing all the time. Halfway through the track, it's taking a direction change to something more rhythmic. On the second half, the band sounds more like a nice pop-rock band, with heavy use of keyboards. Then, it returns to something more like the start, and finishes well. Overly, this is the highlight of the album, and the change of pace and mood sounds fresh in an album which is mostly a sad one.

All in all this is a very good album, and is a great addition to every Progressive-Rock lover. 4 out of 5

yosimoshe | 4/5 |


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