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A STORM IS COMING

Bjørn Riis

 

Crossover Prog

3.78 | 119 ratings

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javajeff
4 stars Another sublime release from Bjørn, with some heavier guitar and edgy moments throughout the album. Of course you also get the floydian guitar solos and the stellar vocals that one would expect from an Airbag release. But this is a solo release with Airbag bandmate Henrik Fossum on drums. While the comparisons will be made between solo and Airbag albums, any fan of either should definitely pick this up. I enjoy everything that Bjørn Riis releases, and A Storm Is Coming is no exception due to the excellent songwriting and execution. There are some quiet moments with just piano and eerie effects like on You And Me, and this is an opportunity for Bjørn to create music with limited instruments while layering the track into phases. It is a very special song in the heart of the album, and a real atmosphere builder. I think he really shines in the moodier songs, as it makes perfect use of his vocal tone and guitar solos. Another atmosphere builder follows with Stormwatch, with some amazing backing vocals from Mimmi Tamba providing much needed variety. Taking a page out of the Anathema pagebook, I just have one thing to say: YES! This is another fantastic release where Bjørn explores new ground and expands on an already fantastic sound. 4.5 stars
javajeff | 4/5 |

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