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ANCIENT AFTERNOONS

Ezra Winston

 

Symphonic Prog

3.41 | 46 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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2 stars Well, I understand all this praising for this album. After all, it is a journey back to the time of the great prog bands (and their love for Genesis Trespass and PFMīs Per Un Amico is more than evident). Usually I donīt mind derivative music, as long as it is well done. And this the biggest problem here: the songwriting department and the vocals. While it is clear that all band members are skilled musicians, the vocals are awful, which is really strange since they are from a land of great singers like Italy. Most of the time itīs like whispering voices, recorded too low in the mix (maybe intentionally, I donīt know, and I donīt care, since the results are the same). The songs tried to emulate a lot of those aforementioned bands and are well executed, but no melodies stuck even after repeated listenings. Itīs that typical case of terrific players in dire need of an equally great composer to match.

So itīs easy to understand why those guys never made it. And most of the praising comes from the fact that this band came in a time not too many progressive combos were not coming from Italy (a country that gave us so many outstanding and unique works they became a league of their own). Donīt get me wrong, there are indeed some nice passages here and there, but thatīs all. No real "songs" or epics as such, everything seems to have a lack of structure, like a good beginning or a climax to end. A real pity, for the inspiration is right, the intentions are good and the overall technique (minus the vocals) is flawless. But with no good tunes to go along with them, the results are at best interesting.

Definitly for collectors and fans only. Two stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 2/5 |

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