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5 stars Some of the greatest, most melodic and inventive progressive music available by a band in existence today. The instrumentation and interplay between players more than overcome the somewhat weak vocals.
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Posted Thursday, January 15, 2004 | Review Permalink
3 stars AFTER CRYING's 6 is a great album and a very strong follow-up to "De Profundis". Most of the music is written by Balazs Winkler and Peter Pejtsik and as you would expect is largely orchestral in nature with solo accents. Every one of their albums seems to be so carefully crafted as with "6" being no exception. This concept like album is made up of 5 parts with 2 being quite epic in nature and all drawing on the strength of each other. The music on this album is definitely ever moving and will keep your interest time and time again. The album is very well recorded with some incredible orchestral moments juxtaposed over deep cello, flute, guitar, bass, drums, synths and trumpets to name a few. One track grabs a snippet direct from KING CRIMSON 's "THRAK" album making a musical reference to "Dinosaur". The first epic piece, "Panem et Circenses," is a 29-minute, 6-track suite. It draws for inspiration on KING CRIMSON's "Cirkus" (LIZARD) , "THRAK" and ELP's "Karn Evil 9" "(Brain Salad Surgery")... IMHO this is arguably their most powerful track they have recorded. The second epic "Farewell to 20th Century" is a 27 minute suite with some incredible musical variations and progressive leanings. The album concludes with the almost 11 minute "Tribute to Keith Emerson". Lyrics on this album are sung mostly in English and done so with great effort and not sounding overly "Out of native tongue'ish". This is closest to classic CAMEL but it is still AFTER CRYING. Fans of symphonic progressive will love their mix of classical music and full-blown rock arrangements.
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Posted Saturday, March 20, 2004 | Review Permalink
4 stars The most genial and versatile album, except on a few discontinuous parts and, for this reason only, the score is "4 stars". Moreover the accented English of the vocalist sometimes disturbs us, even though actually this album is worth something more ("4 stars and an half" at least) for its creativity: the first track is characterized by a mood in the vein of Stravinsky at the beginning, then becoming more Frank ZAPPA-like, thanks to a sort of 70's detective movie soundtrack and even a medieval mood in the 2nd track ... instead the conclusion is a perfect tribute to EMERSON LAKE & PALMER, "Pirates"-like, afterwards becoming more personal as well as powerful at the end. This is a controversial but to me recommended album...!
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Posted Thursday, April 1, 2004 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Here is some very powerful prog indeed and my own personal favourite by AFTER CRYING. As on their previous albums, the music on "6" contains hints of jazz with some classical twists. You'll also hear some heavy-duty drum-based numbers, light pastoral piano waltzes, ominous vocal passages with haunting horns in the background, brassy wails that sear through the night, speed-driven organ notes that sound like KEITH EMERSON on fire, and many more undescribable lunacies. The last track, the 11-minute "Tribute to Keith Emerson", is almost like a mini rock opera. It features many themes and tempo changes and ends with soaring brass, in a colourful "fanfare" of sounds you won't soon forget. As for the few but rather heavily accented Hungarian vocals, they are either distracting or charmingly exotic, depending on your inclination.

The musicianship displayed on this album is exceptional, the compositions nothing less than genial and the production impeccable. Despite their eccentricity, the themes are all melodious and extremely addictive. This is the type of album you never tire of hearing over and over again.

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Posted Saturday, April 24, 2004 | Review Permalink
4 stars A rather excellent album indeed. This band wears its influences of it sleeve. Lots of King Crimson-type moments. In fact they quote 'Dinosaur' from 'Thrak' and there's a whole section that seems to be based on the battle theme from 'Lizard'. ELP's 'Pirates' also seems to be a big influence, especially on the band's keyboard player. As well as all of that, there's Mike Oldfield-type arpeggios on one track, Miles Davis-type trumpet on another. And a spine-tingling moment when they play Siegfried's heroic theme from 'Siegfried', the third opera in Wagner's mighty Ring Cycle, whilst singing the words "Welcome Siegfried", an allusion to the moment when Hagan welcomes Siegfried ashore thus sealing his fate. Clever stuff, indeed. The musicianship is faultless throughout and the textures are very orchestral in places. Well worth a listen.
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Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2004 | Review Permalink
4 stars First: you have to be a fan of Keith Emerson (maybe not of ELP) to enjoy this album. Perhaps, it's another great After Crying album. This hungarian band it's very eccletic this recording is a great example to listen all the different styles they can play. You can find very delicate instrumental ballads, hard symph prog with emphasys on keyboards, some drops of jazz, great female vocals (as usual on AC albums) and even some humoresque remains. The last song it's and almost 11-minutes tribute to Keith Emerson with an spectacular prog-grand finale". Special mention to Balasz Winkler and his work on trumpet... In the first part of "Farewell to the 20th Century" maybe I find the best trumpet-prog-solo that I ever heard... It is not a masterpiece like "Fold es Eg" or "De Profundiis", but it's really near...
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Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2005 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This Hungary-based symphonic prog group presents the album "After Crying 6" with excellent songwriting, tight composition, and powerful musicianship. The opening track "Save Our Souls" (SOS) sounds to me like an overture of a cinema with music delivered in orchestra format. From the opening only I can sense how the music of the band would look like. The music of this opening track is written by Winkler Balasz who also plays trumpet, keyboards, percussion and programming.

Next is an epic that comprises 7 tracks starting with "Fun Fair Land Open" which basically an upbeat track with full orchestration including brass section and power vocal line. The accompanying music sometimes reminds me to ELP. Keyboard plays obvious role as well as brass section. Next track "Providence" starts with string composition followed with melodic female vocal reminiscent of Renaissance. It's so rewarding opening as it comprises excellent combination of instruments that accompany the vocal.

What follows is a complex piece of music "Salto Mortale II' which blends ELP and King Crimson augmented with guitar riffs. The upbeat music accompanies vocal who sings in high register notes. At approx minutes 3 the music turns into a musical break interlude with nice beats. At approx minute 4 I can sense the similarity with King Crimson's song followed with pulsating keyboard /synthesizer solo. It's really an excellent track with rich textures of instruments that are played together - making the music is packed with multi sounds.

"Sleepin' Chaplin" is basically a nice bridge that brings the album into string music "Madrigal Love Part Four (Cassanova)" which features vocal. Track 7 returns back to the kind of soundtrack music with powerful orchestration. My favorite track, as I made comments on my previous review of the band's "Struggle For Life" live set album called "Viaduct" is by design is an excellent song with strong theme. It's suitable to start the show especially with its combination of great trumpet solo, dynamic drums and symphonic keyboards. Great track. The last track is dedicated to the band's idol from ELP: Keith Emerson. The composition itself similar with ELP's.

Overall, all songs featured here are relatively complex arrangements with great combination of brass section and orchestra. If you love symphonic prog with classical music influence and heavy orchestration, this album suits your taste. Keep on proggin' ..! Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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Posted Friday, April 21, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars After Crying is one of my favorite prog bands from the 90's, using instruments you don't normally hear in a prog band; trumpets, trombones, bassoons and the like. Having such an eclectic assortment of instruments the band can play many types of music. They can be bombastic ala ELP, play American dancehall and jazz, shred guitars on the Metal tip and play straight-up symphonic. This album has it all. I especially love one the have a guest female singer, "Providence/Dance with the Sleep-Walker Marionettes" starts beautifully, classical with Judit Andrejszki wonderful vocals coming in on the second part. There are a few metal riff-like tracks, "Salto Mortale" is one case. They sing mostly in a accented English pulling it off rather well, but lyrically it's dicey. The ELP touches are super, with "Conclusion" being the best. Overall, if you're looking for some excellent Symphonic prog with fantastic horn work and a classical shade to wash the whole album you'd be hard pressed to find a better modern album. These guys are one of if not the best in the business. This album with it's mix of sounds would be the best starting point for newbies and if you're enjoying it, try their earlier more classical/symph albums. A band where everyone should own at least one of their albums. GREAT stuff!
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Posted Saturday, September 1, 2007 | Review Permalink
RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
4 stars The 5th studio album of After Crying is named "6", but they include the live debut in the count.

As many bands and albums from eastern Europe this is highly influenced by ELP. This appears evident by reading the name of the closing track that's "A Tribute To Keith Emerson", but from a musical point of view the link with ELP is more in Tamás Görgény's vocals as he sings very similar to Greg Lake and in the orchestral arrangements that as well as ELP are influenced in some way by Aaron Copland.

Also the piano ragtime interlude in "Salto Mortale" is closer to Gershwin than to Emerson's excursions in the genre.

What is typical of After Crying is in the use of trumpet and brasses in general. The distinctive sound of this band can be fully appreciated in "Sleepin' Chaplin".

The album's structure is unusual: there are five "master tracks" composed of 1 to 6 parts, but we are not speaking of suites logically divided into parts. Each part is a separate track and can live on its own like the movements of a symphony. And this means that labelling this band as Symponic Prog is more than appropriate.

There are also many reminds to the previous albums and self-citations both in some musical parts and in the track titles, giving the impression that the band was planning to quit. "Farewell to 20th Century" maight have been a farewell to After Crying, even if 7 years after this release another album appeared.

The whole album is excellent, but the highlight is the mentioned "Farewell" that's also the most symphonic and orchestral "master track". A good summary of the After Crying's career with the orchestral parts sounding similar to ELP in Works. This is probably the darkest part, specially in the first movement, but a bit of darkness in a symphony is fine.

Last, the tribute to Keith Emerson is a song dedicated to the keyboardist mainly based on piano and orchestra which partially reminds to Piano Concerto N.1 but only because it's orchestral. It could remind to a lot of classical music and last but not least to the usual Aaron Copland.

Another excellent addition from this highly skilled Hungarian band

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Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2011 | Review Permalink
Errors & Omissions Team
2 stars Now, the first thing that comes to mind when you listen to 6 (1997) by Hungarian band After Crying is.... what the hell is this?

Where is the band that recorded masterpieces such as Overground Music (1990) and Megalázottak és Megszomorítottak (1992)?

I admit I lost a bit the band's train and didn't really pay attention on Föld és ég (1994) or De Profundis (1996), but if it wasn't for the name 'After Crying' on the cover of the album I wouls swear that this is a completely different band!

Maybe I just got the transition album, because after that their releases became quite sparse, but truth is... this is a bad album! Everytime the band goes electronic (with guitars, drums and especially keyboards) they do deadly wrong! All the beautiful and different sound they had before was thrown away and maded 'modern'. And that's why, at least for me, this album will never work.

Now I'm a bit reticent to even check their previous albums, which is not a good thing. I wold avoid if you don't know the band and start with the first albums.

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Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | Review Permalink

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