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Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.27 | 31 ratings

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1967/ 1976
3 stars Another band inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien!

Ainur, a 18 pieces band, is another band inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Silmarillion'. And this is normal, today (unfortunately). This band sung in English and for me not plays RPI in a strong sense. Is this a problem for a correct evalutation? Maybe... Maybe yes or maybe no... Because I can not able to evaluate this situation. In fact Ainur not plays true Prog. Or better, Ainur plays a sort of Folk Prog that is not Folk, not Prog and not Rock! In my mind this music sound as Opera Music!

Strange that the weight of cello, harps or flute are minimal when the electric guitars or synths have a good weight (too weight for electric guitar) and it is strange also that in some passges the music is also Power Metal (more for rhythms, style of vocals and structure). It is not strange the production style, extreme close to 70's.

My vision of Ainur's music is not totally bad. But I haven't a positive view for Ainur. Certainly 'From Ancient Times' is a good album that is easy to listen but that have few true Prog moments. Insignificant is the Italian tradition of Prog and in my opinion technique is the only true word for a correct description (and view) about this album. Interesting are 'War Of Wrath', 'The Fall Of Nargochrond' and 'The Fall Of Gondolin' but the rest of the album is close to New Age Rock. In this sense I think that Rick Wakeman is a good comparison also if Rick's music is too better (but I can not judge because this statement is prepared by my mind...!).

In my personal view 18 musicians for this type of music is too as number of musicians. Also because too are the voices, not all used correctly (with a good weight, more correctly).

Now I think that Ainur is a good band with good music, this is a correct judge. But not totally Prog. Sure if you love Prog Ainur is a band for you and in a correct view Ainur is a Prog band.

1967/ 1976 | 3/5 |


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