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BOLD TRAVELS

Seti

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Warthur
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3 stars Seti are a Chilean neo-prog outfit who, on this album at least, play in a style which reminds me an awful lot of classic- period Arena (say, somewhere between the Visitor and Contagion). In fact, they're sufficiently good at the Arena sound that they've actually managed to get Clive Nolan to guest on keyboards - and, indeed, Marillion's very on Steve Rothery contributes a bit of guitar and Damian Wilson of Threshold appears at one point on vocals.

I hate to say it, but getting Damian Wilson to stick around may have been a good plan, because to be honest the lead vocals from Jaime Scalpello are a weakness here. To give him his due, I don't think this is necessarily his plot; the problem is that the lyrics he has been given are rather clunky, and his delivery inevitably suffers as a result. The lyrics are in English, and I suspect this is an illustration of how singing outside of your native language can be a bit tricky. The level of fluency needed to have a good ear to what to emphasise and when is surprisingly high, as is the level of fluency required to write lyrics in another language which sound natural, and when you have a lyricist who doesn't quite have that level of fluency writing for a singer who doesn't then you end up in a little trouble.

On top of that, the vocals tend towards being a bit intrusive; even if they were delivered perfectly, I suspect they would annoy me for how prominent they are. Instrumentally speaking, this is good stuff, but the vocals slightly spoil it for me.

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rdtprog
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3 stars This is the project of Claudio Momberg who has been in the Neo-Prog band Subterra and was the keyboardist in the project of Clive Nolan "Caamora". And Clive Nolan is a guest musician here with Damian Wilson and Steve Rothery. It's no surprise that the music has Marillion and IQ influences, especially on the track "The Hidden Messenger" and "The Great Conflict". The music is a modern Prog Rock that is basically symphonic Prog that can get to both extreme of Prog Metal and ambient music. They can get heavy with the guitars, but also quieter with some electronic soundscapes. The keyboards of Momberg plays a major role with beautiful melodies reminiscent of Genesis, check the track "Cascade of Changes". There are many vocalists, some good and some ordinary, the good; Damian Wilson who's performance on the track "Divine Decision" is impressive. This is a nice little album in the category of the new wave of Neo-Prog bands who instead of taking their influences only from the 70's are also inspired by modern music.
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