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Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.11 | 86 ratings

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4 stars Pandora, along with French band Nemo are one of my favourite more recent discoveries. If you enjoy Italian Symphonic Prog on the heavier side then Pandora could be the band for you.

On 7 tracks in just over an hour, Pandora have produced an exciting album that for the most part doesn't sit still for too long, with a myriad of time/tempo changes, including lots of instrumental passages. The vocals are good but it's the instrumental sections where their true strengths lie. Just listen to 11 minute long instrumental Pandora as proof. They blend classic symphonic prog with heavier, sometimes metal elements to produce a lively, dynamic and inventive sound. But the metal side never dominates being used as colour so it's never overpowering. Acoustic guitar is also well used adding to the light and shade element like on Breve Storia di San George which captures the band at their most mellow. The same can be said for Salto nel Buio, for the first 10 minutes or so of this epic, until a blistering instrumental finale takes over.

All band members excel on their instruments with some blistering guitar and drum work which contrasts well against the 2 keyboard players who sound like and play strongly in the seventies tradition.

With the influences that go to make up the Pandora sound you may think they won't be the most original band and this to a large extent is true. However they blend their seventies prog and heavy rock so well which nicely updates the sound to leave us with an excellent symphonic prog album for the times. A very mature first album, I'll really look forward to the next.

Nightfly | 4/5 |


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