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3.65 | 35 ratings

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3 stars Well probably this is the only one that is really worth to buy from the beginnning to the end...apart from the bad mix, this suite in the neo-prog vein sometimes is characterized by some original and interesting melodies at the tenor sax and a good symphonic "support" too, thanks to a few lush keybords.Nevertheless I should have preferred a diverse approach during their electrical/ acoustic excursions:certainly such melodic lines are pretty dynamic, but a more "fusionesque" sound, in the vein of bands like Eris Pluvia, should have been much better in my opinion...never mind, cause the suite is often powerful and "convincing" as well, in a lot of breaks through at least, especially when the guitars are overlapped. The romantic sound, which is closer to the "Gabrielesque" spirit of the early IQ and Marillion, is quite memorable anyway; and to me it makes the present album deserve also a major score!Unfortunately- afterwards-Arcansiel were not able to be "progressive" in the same manner: perhaps the reason is that the new singer had got a different mood and style, in the vein of such hard rock, unlike the founder Marco Galetti. But that was a different story...good, sometimes an excellent addition to any prog collection, even though the label "Contempo" was too much small to let the band think of bigger things!!

lor68 | 3/5 |


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