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FLIGHT OF FANCY

X-Panda

 

Progressive Metal

3.83 | 24 ratings

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oscillator11(J.M.)
4 stars My first Estonian album ever, but what a great music! To judge from the photographs the band members are still young, but what a maturity in their playing and in their compositions. Once I started to listen to this album I couldn't stop for days. Their seemingly weak spot is in my eyes their strength. Listening to this album gives you the impression that you have to do with a band that haven't yet made up their mind what style to play and exactly that is making the album exiting and captivating to the end!

The band move from jazz-rock to Symphony X orientated metal to classical progressive symphonic rock and don't even hesitate to add a piece of Gothic metal.

Most of the music is instrumental and that's just good, because the vocal of bass player Tamas Nugis qualities aren't up the incredible maturity of the technical skills of the band.

An album like "Flight of Fancy" takes time to sound familiar, because at every new listening you discover new elements in the music.

"Dark" is a fine piece of dark metal with a touch of gothic added and a fantastic symphonic lead guitar. Title piece "Flight of Fancy" gives you a piece of melodic and extremely harmonious jazz-rock.

"Siren" is more in a vein of bands like Symphony X, but with weaker vocals. "Calm Waters" is a more quiet jazz-rock composition with a beautiful warm bass to sustain it.

The album ends in the style in which it begun with once more choral interventions and a solid metal based sound. This is truly an album to check out!! Great music. Can't wait to discover what they will come up with next!!

Oscillator11

oscillator11(J.M.) | 4/5 |

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