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DAYS OF SUMMER GONE

Chris

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Warthur
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5 stars Maybe it's his thoroughly modern style of theatrical prog, or maybe it's the treatments applied to his vocals, but Chris - or Christiaan Bruin, to give him his full name - presents on this album a sound which reminds me a lot of Phideaux. And given how hot a streak Phideaux has been on since Doomsday Afternoon, that's no bad thing - especially with the ongoing wait for the release of the much-delayed Infernal.wearing on prog fans worldwide. With Baan taking on the more usual prog instrumentation himself, guest spots on the album are saved for a range of classical instrumentalists, giving this album a particularly orchestral air.

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Send comments to Warthur (BETA) | Report this review (#1110742)
Posted Wednesday, January 08, 2014 | Review Permalink
3 stars I came by "Days of Summer Gone" by accident and the cover got my attention. I totally agree that Chris has a very theatrical style and he does sound a bit like a Dutch Phideaux version (instrumentally), I might add that the trippy jazz sections reminds me a lot of The Tangent too and the guitars and some vocal parts somehow fall into Radiohead landscapes. The string instruments and flute might appeal to give you an After Crying feeling but the piano really goes into another direction creating a more proggy approach than classical.

It is a beautiful album and aside from the comparisons I have made with other bands Chris has managed to put together some really good ideas and melodies; I enjoyed a lot his decision of including a Cellist and other musicians as they give the album more freshness.

As for the theatrical style I must admit that the "dramatic" climax of the album contains an interesting blend of nuances.

For some reason the vocals can not match the quality of the music; I think that the addition of a singer in the future that could blend better with this orchestral variety will definitely make Chris music reach a even superior level.

The essentiality of this album depends on how appealing the vocals feels to you, I definitely recommend listening to the album since it contains great moments that make it worth all the while.

Recommended!

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Send comments to Ensouled (BETA) | Report this review (#1139157)
Posted Thursday, February 27, 2014 | Review Permalink

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