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3.97 | 170 ratings

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5 stars This is my first time to write a review on here as I have just joined, so for my first ever review it has to be this exciting new album by KARFAGEN. And what a wonderful album this is!

I first heard this band 2 years ago. I was watching EUROVISION (someone has to!) when Ukraine won it and I got curious as to what Ukraine had to offer with Prog, so I googled and Karfagen came up! I listened to a couple of songs on YouTube and was stunned by the sheer quality of their music! My fave band is YES but I wanted some competition and this band is awesome! I bought 3 of their CDs and their last album Spektra was brilliant! So what is the new album like?

Once again they've really delivered some excellent music with Anthony showing how he's the best keyboard player that Yes never had. When I heard their Magician's Theatre album he sounded like Keith Emerson but here he definitely more like Mr. Wakeman. And then there's Max the guitar player; great licks on his guitar with some tasteful touches of wah-wah in places which really add some "extra texture" to the music. Max has all the credentials of being the next in the line of guitar heroes, and it really makes a refreshing change to have this talent from eastern Europe!

The only thing I'm not too keen on is saxophones! And there's some sax on here! But even the sax is very pleasant to listen to as its not overplayed and sounds quite smooth. And the drumming will get your feet tapping as well. In short, this album is FANTASTIC! and I recommend it to anyone who really appreciates Prog that's mostly instrumental. I so want to see this band live!!!

Yeshead58 | 5/5 |


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