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3.12 | 12 ratings

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3 stars Translation to English - The Storm Eaters

As a member of the Site Monitor team I had the pleasure of hearing this album prior to its addition to ProgArchives in order to find an appropriate genre for this. The band, Pantokraator, hail from Estonia and the lyrics are in their native Estonian, and the music although quite definitely progressive rock also consists of the folk sounds of Estonia.

My strongest impression of this album is that this is what Fish (ex-Marillion) would sound like if he were singing in an Estonian band. To my ears this very much sounds like a Fish solo album or Fish-era Marillion album but with some female vocals and of course the addition of Estonian rhythms and sounds. They are also somewhat folksy as well and at times remind me of Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull. Could have a little to do with when the flute makes appearances.

For those who have read my posts within the ProgArchives forums you will probably know that I have an issue with listening to lyrics that aren't in English, since I have no idea what is being sung. The band helps alleviate this some by including an English translation within the CD booklet. And surprisingly enough, for me, the vocals sound quite beautiful and fit in nicely with the music. Maybe there is still hope for me.

It is my opinion that this album will appeal to many prog fans, but especially those who are fans of Yes, Genesis, Marillion, Jethro Tull, and Peter Gabriel.

I really have enjoyed my listens to this album and based on my interpretation of the ProgArchives guidelines I have rated this album with 3 stars. It is a good CD, and it would be a good addition to any prog rock music collection. Especially those of fans of the bands mentioned above. However, as much as I have enjoyed it and as good as I think it is, I don't feel that it is either essential nor would it make an excellent addition to any prog music collection.

rushfan4 | 3/5 |


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