Header
A Cosmic Trail - II: Mistral CD (album) cover

II: MISTRAL

A Cosmic Trail

 

Heavy Prog

3.02 | 6 ratings

From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Second Life Syndrome
3 stars I've got to admit something right off the bat here: This was a very difficult album to review. This album has some very epic moments, but it also has some offensively poor moments as well. It is such a mixed bag, so I struggled to come up with a number of stars that could rate it. The awesome artwork didn't help anything either because I tend to want to like albums with excellent cover art.

A Cosmic Trail is an instrumental band out of Germany that claims to tear down musical boundaries. They have a ton of influences ranging from jazz to folk music, and these certainly make it into the music. Their sophomore album 'II: Mistral' is quite an effort, and it is definitely intriguing. Each and every track is quite different; but, as I said, this results in a mixed bag of sorts. 'In Ertia', for instance, has a haunting ambiance and some awesome high-tuned guitar work. It also has some folk influences that blend this track into something special. Yet, the short opener, 'Calm', is a waste of space as it is nothing more than a classic rock guitar solo that feels wildly out of place on the album. For another example, 'Mistral I' and 'Mistral II' are both excellent pieces that include some creative guitar work and wonderful drumming. Yet, 'Thwart Progress' is a slightly pretentious piece of work that seems more like an impromptu jam than an actual song. However, "A Ghostly Whisper" is an excellent piece of ambient music.

The music is generally proficiently performed: I was especially impressed with the guitar work, as this takes center stage most of the time. The band claims to tear down musical boundaries, but I really don't get this as an overwhelming impression. Sure, there are some elements here and there, but the music is generally prog rock focused with some cool atmospheres and some wonderful flute thrown in randomly. All of it is well-done (I loved the flute), but it never really amounts to much. I think this album deserves a listen by fans of instrumental prog, but I don't think anyone will be captivated by it. It's an album I want to love, but there is just enough bad to bring down the good. Although, admittedly, the good outweighs the bad. Take that how you will.

Second Life Syndrome | 3/5 |

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Share this A COSMIC TRAIL review

>

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.03 seconds