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Symphonic Prog

3.53 | 39 ratings

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4 stars unique little tresure

Abbhama is a forgotten and very obscure symphonic prog band coming from far est , more specific from Indonesia, a country who has some bands who did a great job in prog rock realm like Guruh Gypsy or Shark Move before Abbham was born. They manage to create a single album in 1978 named Alam Raya (transleted in great nature or universe) released on cassete format. The music is very sweet , mainly because the voice of Iwan Madjid, who has a very pleasent almost melancholic voice but good for sure, the sound is aswell naive, mellow in places , close to Yes or Genesis but they heve their own twist , some oriental arrangements give them a special status. The album is sung of course in indonesian language so I din't understand a word, but the enjoyble pieces a nd smooth arrangements made me love this little record from the first piece. The best piece is Asmara, Iwan Madjid has such a perfect voice for this kinda of prog music that is hard not to enjoy such track, excellent I simply love that piece, the smoothness of his voice is beyond words, the rest are ok, not something realy special, but ok, nice interplay between musicians and some truly strong key passages interwoven wth some oboe or flute. Abbhama must be one of the best prog rock bands ever from Indonesia, maybe the second best after excellent Guruh Gypsy. Sadly Abbhama disbanded a year later after this release in 1979 and gone into oblivion. From time to time some reviews appear here and there, that means they are not forgotten. 3.5 rounded to 4, a little gem that goes rather unnoticed in prog circles, no wonder because they are pretty rare and hard to find.

b_olariu | 4/5 |


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