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ÜNDER LINDEN

Ünder Linden

 

Symphonic Prog

3.36 | 26 ratings

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erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer
3 stars

This Argentine five piece band was founded in the late Nineties and consists of experienced musicians who played in several bands. In 2003 Under Linden released the live album Festival Sinfo-Prog La Plata from 2003 and in 2007 the first studio CD entitled Under Linden.

During the more than 50 minutes of running time we can enjoy progrock that is driven by violin (both acoustic as electric) and electric guitar (with hints from early Hackett solo). In general the atmospheres alternate between dreamy and slow rhythms but some songs deliver mid-tempo beats with lots of fiery guitar solos and sparkling violin work that often reminds me of JL Ponty. The rhythm-section plays fluent and is a perfect starting point for the frequent solos on guitar and violin. The keyboards sound pleasant and tasteful but in my opinion a bit too subdued, I had preferred a more dominant keyboard sound as a contrast to the omnipresent guitar and violin in order to sound more varied. My highlights on this very melodic and tasteful album are the alternating El Conducto (exciting final part with strong interplay between guitara and violin), the fluent Gravitaciones (excellent and varied work on guitar), the compelling Tiburon En Marcha (sensitive violinplay and howling, often wah-wah drenched electric guitar) and the captivating Linden (dreamy intro with melancholical violin, lots of fine shifting moods and a final part with blistering violin and fiery guitar).

To me this sounds as a promising debut CD that will not only please the violin aficionados but also symphomaniacs and jazzrock fans. My rating: 3,5 stars.

erik neuteboom | 3/5 |

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