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STROMATOLITE

Outer Limits

 

Symphonic Prog

4.01 | 61 ratings

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Prog-jester
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3 stars Japanese Prog has always being some kind of mystery for me. Known for its virtuosity and unconventional nature, it's also a hard thing to find. "My ways are strange" (c) GG, but I've found some OUTER LIMITS albums, and the first one I've fully appreciated is "Stromatolite".

First of all, the rating is 3.5 stars. It could have been even higher, but the main problem are song-based tracks. Vocals are not enough enjoyable, and the whole idea of "playing a song" is not suitable for a band like OUTER LIMITS I think. Their best abilities can be shown in instrumental tracks that feature fiery virtuoso violin, thoughtful guitarwork, powerful keyboards and wonderful rhythm-section. When they play instrumentals, the only word that fits is "astounding", and the only bands I can compare them with are KING CRIMSON (73-74), UK, KOSTAREV GROUP and their fellow countrymen INTERPOSE+. But when it comes down to songs...please don't!!! The same problem I have with Russian LITTLE TRAGEDIES band - it's awesome until it's instrumental :) As a person who simply can't enjoy album as "a collection of songs", only like "a solid piece of Art", I had to lower my rating to 3.5 stars. Highly recommended nevertheless!!!

Prog-jester | 3/5 |

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