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Isildurs Bane


Symphonic Prog

3.77 | 88 ratings

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... that was my first impression when I first spun the CD. And I knew it from the beginning why I say so, because basically I'm more into melody even though I also respect arrangement. Let me put it this way: this album is excellent in terms of arrangement but it lacks the touch of melody (even though I sometimes found one in some segments, but it's very few touchy parts). Why do I say that the arrangement is excellent? It's because of the facts that the music is produced pretty clear and neat with excellent sonic quality. Each instruments being used in this album can be heard clearly, especially when I play it LOUD. The band member's virtuosities in their respective instruments are excellent. The music flow is quite OK as all transition pieces are manged quite well by the band even though there are some segments provide abrupt changes.

The music of this album is something that represents sound track of film because there are many variations for each passage of the music like changes in scene of a film. When I got trouble with the music the first time I listened to the CD I kept pushing myself to accept the music through an imagination of storyline that I created by myself. Each passage projects different kind of style but almost all of them can be categorized like avant-garde. My journey with the music starting from "The flight onward - Phases 1-5" (12:05) to "Ataraxia" (3:27) to "In a state of comprehension" (4:24) and "The pilot" (5:38) gives me a good experience about the music. The more spin I make, the better the process of digestion for my mind. There are passages that remind me to the music of FOCUS and there are parts that remind me to KING CRIMSON, ZAPPA, GENESIS and HATFIELD and THE NORTH!

Overall, it's a good album. It's recommended to those who can appreciate musical arrangement without having to consider the melody. It's not recommended for those who love melody in music. I don't think neo prog and / or symphonic prog lovers would enjoy this album. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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