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2.98 | 14 ratings | 3 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Dance of the Pleiades
2. From Mars to the Stars
3. Empty Vessels of Infinity
4. Stellar Override
5. Black Hole of Your Soul
6. Turn Away Into the Sun
7. Stronger
8. I Saw the Flames of Orion

Line-up / Musicians

- Mikko Muranen / all instruments

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LOW BUDGET ORCHESTRA Innerstellar ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(7%)
Good, but non-essential (79%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

LOW BUDGET ORCHESTRA Innerstellar reviews

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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars LOW BUDGET ORCHESTRA is one of the creative vehicles of Finnish composer and instrumentalist Mikko Muranen, and the only one catering for the progressive rock oriented parts of his compositional repertoire. The first CD issued under this moniker appeared in 2006, and "Innerstellar" from 2011 is the third and most recent production to be released using this artist alias.

Instrumental progressive rock residing in the twilight zone between neo prog, progressive metal and symphonic art rock is the style explored on "Innerstellar" by LBO. The emphasis is on harmonic melodies with majestic arrangements, richly layered themes, constructed by a plethora of textures. A likely key audience might be those who own and treasure music by the likes of Arena and Joe Satriani, at least if they tend to enjoy grandiose, instrumental compositions.

Review by Matti
3 stars This is the third album by the extraordinarily gifted one-man-band of Mikko Muranen, Finland. In his own words, L.B.O. is "instrumental progressive rock, with slight leaning to metal. The music consists of guitar driven musical journeys along with carefully structured layered orchestration, huge wall of sound and detailed production". Obviously he knows what he's doing, and especially what his strengths are; that description pretty accurately sums it all. But something more important than technical skill is more or less missing. I'm repeating my thoughts on The Second Best (2008) six months earlier, but I can't help remaining quite untouched by this massive high-tech music, in the emotional level which to me is essential in musical enjoyment. When the emphasis is so clearly on the delivery and building those walls of sound, the magic - or "heart" if you like - easily gets lost.

I'm aware it may be a matter of genre/style, that I'm not among the best target audience. For a more metal oriented listener this album might be a wonderful musical trip full of excitement and, well, some kind of passion even. These things are so subjective. It certainly has power and it's capable of loading you with energy when you're in need of that instead of more introspective aspects of music. It also would be misleading to suggest that this music is nothing but fast-paced and heroic self-indulgence. There are some delicate moments peaking like flowers through the parking lot, even though in the overall impression they get buried and they are never given space to grow, to bring more emotional substance to the music. This is my subjective feeling.

Taken individually the tracks have a symphonic edge but as a whole the album feels tiringly similar and with no real sense of dramatic arches or a concept. A bit overproduced and overworked walls of sound, after all? Perhaps collaborating with a musician whose approach to composing is completely different (ie. less technical and more emotional) it could result as a breath-taking masterpiece. Having heard all the three L.B.O. albums this is probably the most convincing, but their differences seem to be rather limited.

Latest members reviews

3 stars The third album from this Finnish band. Somehow, I have managed to bypass their second album, but I will track back later and review that one too. The music on their, this one man band, third album has lost the more post rock sound from the first album and has become far more symphonic prog ... (read more)

Report this review (#579036) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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