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3 stars US trio Electrum was born at the fall of 1995, when bassist Gino Foti answered an ad of guitarist Dave Kulju, who was looking personel for forming a Progressive Rock band.The two of them started rehearsing and composing original ideas, while another ad was placed by Kulju, this time in search for a drummer.Joe Musmanno responded and became the third member of Electrum.The recordings of their debut ''Frames of mind'' took place at Gino's home studio between August and December '97 and the album was released eventually in March 1998.

Powerful, instrumental, guitar-led Progressive Rock is the style on this album, which often evokes the great days of RUSH and KING CRIMSON as well as modern acts or artists from the U.S. like TONY SPADA or TILES.Long arrangements with nice power grooves in the vein of ALEX LIFESON along with emphatic breaks and smoother chords meet the sometimes more melodic side of Electrum with a few added doses of keyboards.In the more complicated parts Kulju's style also brings to mind ROBERT FRIPP's heydays with KING CRIMSON.There is a good balance between heavier Power Rock material and softer instrumental pasages, while the band changes direction every minute, making the album far from monotonous.Kulju and Foti provide also synthesizers in parts of some tracks, adding a light symphonic flavor, while the music flirts with Prog/Fusion at times, recalling US compatriots MIND GALLERY.

Excellent purchase for all fans of the aforementioned bands/artists and especially RUSH.Energetic, dynamic, diverse and recommended music all the way.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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