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The Crow
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2 stars First album from this interesting Italian two-man stoner rock-psychedelic project!

And here Crescencio is a true multi-instrumental talent making almost everything while Baretta played the drums and percussions, with the collaboration of Elena Dainese on vocals. The concept of the album revolves around Mount Olympus and its implications in Greek mythology and the lyrics are interesting enough making company to a very Black Sabbath and Deep Purple influenced sound with some glimpses of medieval music which make some songs sound very similar to Blackmore's Night, given the sweet voice of Dainese.

But this sweet voice sadly fits not so good in the stronger songs, where she lacks the strength and punch to make these tracks truly shine. The subpar production is also another weak point of this album, because the drums sound clunky and the guitars not fierce enough to make this stoner-psychedelic ensemble compelling, making the hearing of this album dull and not interesting enough in the long term.

Bes Tracks: The Golden King (a song which would fit in Blackmore's Night discography!), Icarus on Broken Wings (good songwriting here) and the suite Inheritance (the most complex and progressive track of the album)

Conclusion: Oberon started their studio adventure with an album of lights and shades. The lights are some cool tracks and glimpses of very good songwriting inspired in acts like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and other legends of the 70's, and the shades are the unfitting vocals, the weak productions and some uninspired moments which make the hearing of this album rather unpleasant at times.

So, if you want to introduce yourself in the world of Oberon, I recommend you start with their much better produced and written second effort called To Sleep Produces Monsters.

My rating: **

The Crow | 2/5 |


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