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Ars Nova (JAP)


Symphonic Prog

3.13 | 27 ratings

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3 stars The second album of this Japanese band is still hesitant.

Some thirty minutes of music from which you can skip the first two numbers which are very short (just over four minutes in total). By far the weakest tracks in here. The album really starts with a pompous but good (after all, their model is "ELP") "Danse Macabre". Very good drumming is one of its major attractive. Its bombastic character being another one.

The global feeling while you listen to this album is of course the one of "déjà vu". If you are a keyboards lover and if you are found of the early "ELP", there are some numbers like "Sahara 2301" which will surely please you. It is not very original, but you' ll be intoxicated with these pleasant and wild keyboards sounds. It is my favourite track from "Transi".

The epic of the album is the closing number. "Nova" is mixing some Arabian and "EMP" influences with brio. This track is for sure a highlight here. Again, drumming is very powerful and some parts are really melodic, well polished and features an excellent musicianship. Some parts are even more Banks than Emerson oriented.

Still, this is just short to make a good album but it deserves more than two stars. I'll upgrade this fully instrumental album to three (but maybe one day, we'll be able to rate with halve stars...).

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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