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ALAM RAYA

Abbhama

 

Symphonic Prog

3.53 | 39 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars A friend showed me this little prog band from Indonesia! Now, thatīs something really interesting since the record is from 1978. I really never thought that there was a prog scene so far away! And never thought it would be recorded stuff from that period. Anyway, itīs a very interesting group that mixes pop songs with symphonic prog parts. The results are quite interesting and has a bit of local flavor since the vocals are all sung in their native language. The flute and oboe interventions add to the eastern feeling of a few tracks. Unfortunately they are not used too frequently. As expected, the production is only average, but adequate.

Iwan Madjid vocals are a bit too high for my taste. However, the instrumental passages are very good, specially when the symphonic parts kick in.

I found this record to be more interesting than really good, but thatīs just my personal taste. Itīs obvious that those guys are pro and are skilled musicians. Itīs a shame they didnīt record another album since the potential is there. If you like to discover exotic stuff that itīs melodic and well done, donīt miss this one.

Tarcisio Moura | 3/5 |

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