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3.97 | 14 ratings | 3 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Period Of Innocence
2. Atomic Unity
3. Better Dream
4. Myestery Of The Universe
5. Endless Illusion
6. Season Of Salvation
7. Leaden Sky
8. Way Without Destination
9. It Could Happen

Line-up / Musicians

- Ashkan Hamedi / vocals
- Anis Oviesi / piano, keyboards
- Farhood Ghadiri / keyboards
- Arash Radan / guitars
- Sina Khodaiefar / bass

Releases information

Release date: 13 October 2012

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MAVARA Season of Salvation ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(64%)
Good, but non-essential (14%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Second Life Syndrome
4 stars As anyone that follows my reviews knows, I'm a sucker for great cover art. So, when I stumbled upon Mavara's latest album, I had to hear it as the cover art is some of the most unique and hauntingly beautiful art I've seen of late. Fortunately, the music holds up to the excellence of the art, and they fit together quite nicely.

Mavara is a band from Iran that fits well into the crossover prog genre. They certainly have a foundation of neo-prog, but they also feature a hefty portion of dark post rock and also heavy prog. "Season of Salvation" never rests on its laurels: It is quite impressive in structure, style, and overall atmosphere, too.

The one word that comes to mind when I hear this album is "lush". The album feels so whole, and it even seems to pull off a sort of oceanic vibe, though I'm not sure how in so many words. This is no technical album, as the expertise is shown more in excellent structure ("Period of Innocence") and dark, soothing ambiance ("Endless Illusion"). There is a certain amount of maturity here that is apparent throughout the entire album.

"Season of Salvation" has many strong points. For instance, the vocalist has a unique voice that perfectly fits the musical style presented. I'm not sure why, but the vocalist reminds me of Jim Grey from Arcane and Caligula's Horse, though with a deeper and darker tint. The vocals are often sublime, though there are a few weak spots. Another strength of this album is the keyboard work. The overall feel of the synth is either haunting or that of light cutting through dense darkness, so the album has a very mature tone to it. The soaring and falling of the layered textures elates and deflates our emotions staggeringly well. In my opinion, that is one sign of a fantastic album.

The rest of the instrumentation is quite adept. These guys (and gal) impress whether they are focusing on ambiance or on a great jam, though they do far more of the former. This is definitely a moody, emotionally raw album first and foremost. Indeed, this album seems to be a cry for meaning and peace in a sea of questions, mysteries, and possibilities. This theme lends itself to emotional music, and I feel Mavara has nailed that. This album is very strong, and I thank the band for providing a copy for my review.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Wonderful diversity! Gorgeous sound! The only reasons I shy away from offering 5 stars for this album is the sometimes weak vocals and the occasional feel I get of the presence of the ghosts of pseudo-prog classic rock artists like Journey, Foreigner, Whitesnake, Loverboy, Boston, and Styx. Though many song sections feel as if they are built upon chord and time sequences that come from practice exercises, I find it incredibly refreshing how each song achieves an identity all its own, how no two songs feel repetitive or niched. And this from Iran! I love the way in which the multiple instrumental tracks all work in a flowing weave together, not separately or individually, that is, the music feels like team work and feels like love and joy. If I had to name a band that they remind me of it would have to be 1990s COLLAGE. Check them out on (Once again: I love you progstreaming!)
Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Iranian band MAVARA was formed back in 2001, and from their base in a country not renowned for being a fertile territory for bands exploring western-oriented music they established themselves as the premier progressive rock band in their home nation, releasing two full-length studio albums in 2005 and 2009 respectively. In 2013 Mavara relocated to the US, and released their third CD "Season of Salvation" through Transit Music Group.

The US-based Iranian band Mavara comes across as a quality provider of melodic progressive rock on their third full-length production "Season of Salvation". If you can imagine a band that combines Eloy, early Marillion and Riverside's ballads into a compelling whole you should have a fairly good idea about the music at hand here, and if this combination sounds intriguing to you, there's a good chance that you'll find this CD to be a compelling one.

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