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Anima Mundi


Symphonic Prog

3.84 | 124 ratings

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4 stars An astonishing album from this band from Cuba.

The music is best described as a mix of AOR and symphonic prog rock bands like THE FLOWER KINGS, KAIPA, YES, SAGA and THE TANGENT. A hint of RIVERSIDE, SYLVAN and DREAM THEATER can be added too. The music is both very commercial and epic at the same time. If an American band on a major label had released this album, I guess we would had been talking about a major success here. Unfortunate, a Cuban release on a small indie label does not cut the ice in this market. Which is not fair !

The sound is excellent and typical symphonic prog. It reminds me a lot about THE FLOWER KINGS. The fans of this band should flash their credit card in the direction of this album because most part of this album is very much very flowery. The vocals is pretty OK. The musicians outstanding. Cuba may be a third world country in the eyes of us from Europe or USA, but this album does not have any reminders of a third world country. I wonder where they mixed this album ? Both the producer and the mixer deserve flowers for their job. That's the positive things I want to say.

The negative things is that they are not entirely plowing their own field. The album is full of references to other band and albums. In some cases, it is a matter of where have I heard this riff or piece of music before ?. But when that is said, the music is at times excellent. It is just that this band does not have a very strong identity. But then again, this is not a major gripe I have against them. I am actually more or less a converted fan of this album and band. Their form of epic symphonic prog with a slant of commercial AOR is right down my alley and ANIMA MUNDI knows how to play with my heart-strings. I would very much recommend this album to anyone into the bands mentioned above. Now, I need to find their first album and their fan club.

4 stars.

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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