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ELSO EVTIZED

After Crying

Symphonic Prog


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NJprogfan
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4 stars A criminally underappreciated/discussed band, After Crying is arguably in the top three symphonic/folk bands of the 90's and beyond. Incredible musicianship playing orchestrial progrock/Hungarian folk with classical instruments, (cello, flute, oboe, trombone, viola, trumpet, bassoon) within a normal rock band. Imagine classical Hungarian folk prog with a dash of American composer George Gershwin's jazz/honky tonk, add a smidgen of King Crimson's early moodiness and you'll get an idea how totally original this band is. This particular 2-disc album is a compilation of their first 4 albums on disc one and a live concert on disc two. Other than one track that has a Kraftwerk-like sound that sticks out like a sore thumb on the first disc, what you'll get is a phenomenal selection of their early work. I can't tell you how much this music can be beautiful, peaceful and uplifting yet has a sense of forboding and denseness. They sing mostly in Hungarian, but will sing in English very nicely at times. Standout tracks are, "Tepd el a Kepeket!" with a wonderful acoustic guitar and flute, just plain beautiful! "Kozjatek II" which has a flute run that sounds like it was lost from Morricone's spaghetti westerns. "Sotetben" with more beautiful flute playing and great vocals, plus you can't mistake the early King Crimson influence on this track. Brilliant! I could go on and on, (there's 15 tracks!), suffice it to say, the musicians are all incredible, the singing impeccable and above all, you get a second disc with live music playing different songs live. It's incredible that they can play such intricate music live and pull it off so well. Added bonus, a rousing live rendition of King Crimson's "21st Century Schidzoid Man". Folks, these guys/gals are in the top echelon of prog in the 90's/00's. If you're tired of unoriginal Yes/Genesis/Marillion clones and want to try something new but not hard to get into, give After Crying a shot, you'll not be disappointed. 4.5 stars!!!!

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Posted Friday, August 26, 2005 | Review Permalink
erik neuteboom
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4 stars This stunning Hungarian band was (or is?) the living proof that progressive rock still can be progressive instead of regressive, what an innovative and adventurous sound! This is a 2-CD (from 1996) that contains a selection of songs from their first four studio albums and re-mixed, previously unreleased and live tracks. After Crying started as a classical ensemble, you can hear that on their debut CD Overground Music ('90) featuring lots of brass (fagot, oboe and trombone) - and strings (cello, violin) along beautiful, very warm Hungarian vocals. The pianoplay is outstanding, from sparkling like Chopin to furious like Rachmaniov, fans of Wakeman and Emerson will be delighted! On the following albums Megalazzotak ('92), Fold Es Eg ('94) and my favorite De Profundis ('96) After Crying gradually blended their classical inspired music with modern instruments like keyboards, electric guitar and - bass and drums. On De Profundis their sound evokes Red-era King Crimson delivering fiery electric guitar, propulsive drums and powerful brass work. The blend of classical instruments and progrock also brings The Snow Goose from Camel, Gryphon and even Atom Heart Mother from Pink Floyd on my mind. But don't get me wrong, After Crying sounds as After Crying, despite the aforementioned influences. My highlights are the songs Söteben and A Novelty (classical climate with Fripperian guitar play) and the ominous and bombastic Judas. The final track on CD-2 is a great rendition of King Crimson their composition 21st Century Schizoid Man. CHECK OUT THIS BAND!!

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