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HUNGARIAN ECLECTIC

Tompox

 

Symphonic Prog

3.27 | 17 ratings

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Argonaught
2 stars A while ago, I embarked on a little quest for finding sentient life beyond the limits of the 'known to me universe' of progressive rock.

Following hints from Progarchives and other reputable sources, I thought I'd take a closer look at the music from Eastern Europe, along with other exciting up-and-coming places. That's how Tompox caught my eye.

Hungarian Eclectic is by no means a terrible album, but I don't know if there exists any reason for listening to it more than once (never mind buying it). I haven't been able to detect any unique signature, any notable hallmark that would set Tompox folks apart from the great multitude of reasonably competent bands, working the club scene in thousands of modern cities.

Whereas Hungarian Eclectic is free from crude errors, there is one flaw I should mention. The reviewer before me lamented that a great tune, Hom(m)age to Solaris Band was too short. How about the first track that is as long as Close to the Edge or Anesthetize, but sounds more like a protracted improvisation on a less-than-remarkable sequence of chords.

I anticipate rotten tomatoes may be thrown at me, but on occasion or two the music almost slipped into what I would pigeon-hole as Eurotechno electronic stuff.

Yes, there are some pretty solid solos, but for me this album wasn't in any way an experience, comparable to listening to the 'classic' prog as in KC, Yes, The Tree, Tull, Rush or ELP.

Argonaught | 2/5 |

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