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Corvus Stone


Crossover Prog

4.03 | 332 ratings

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2 stars Corvus Stone - II (2014)

This album has made quite a name in a short time on progarchives, so I wass excited to have a chance to listen to it. The music of Corvus Stone was offered to me for free with a kind request to write a review on PA.

This is quite obviously a band with talented musicians with a great love for the progressive rock genre. Most of the material is instrumental and loaded with solo's of guitar and keyboard. The band has a down to earth sound, keeping the symphonic elements in check. There's a list of guest vocalists, but all sound dull and uninspired to my ears. On Corvus Stone's best moments the compositions remind me a bit of the better work of neoprog group Arena (a personal favorite), exciting symphonic landscapes with heavy rockguitars.

Yet there is a key difference; the composions of Corvus Stone are never more then the sum of the parts. I can't find one single moment of musical storytelling or a shot at song- or epicbuilding. Perhaps the song 'Eternal Earth' counts as the only exception. So many great musical ideas, but I can't find a vision or a concept whatsoever. Furthermore, on many moments the almost chaotich musical landscapes are made up of elements that don't always fit together that well stylisticly and melodicly. Sometimes parts of compositions sound like the product of computerised randomness. The question just keeps arising, what are these guys trying to achieve? What does it mean?

Conclusion. There isn't a single track I really liked on this album, which is confusing because there's a lot to like about this second Corvus Stone record. I guess this band could make a masterpiece in the future if they would find an extra bandmember with a musical vision and oversight. This second record is however pretty meaningless, so I'll give it two stars.

friso | 2/5 |


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