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VIGESIMUS

Cast

 

Symphonic Prog

4.08 | 105 ratings

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alainPP
5 stars CAST, known by chance in 2006 thanks to Musea when they had been playing since 1978, released their 20th album! CAST is a symphonic sound added to a basic neo-prog tune tinged with medieval, ethnic, belonging to this distant continent having something to do with it; a little GENESIS and ELP, KANSAS for the violin, a little MARILLION just by the covers and a little prog metal with metallic structures. This twentieth is due to his mentor Alfonso who did not hesitate to leave the instrumentation more important to convey a modern sound, after 43 years, based on the epic, the fantastic and in fact the symphonic. CAST has this hallmark of filling their albums to the maximum and often offering jazzy and alternative experimental tracks.

'Ortni' for an energetic instrumental debut, make way for the good violin if I say KANSAS or SOLSTICE; a twirling theme, a grandiose, hard violin-guitar fight, from violin to synth, a conciliating power and progressive tune, breathtaking title, setting the bar high, followed by "Black Ashes and Black Boxes" sung by Bobby and Lupita for a sustained tune ; oozing energy, a frantic rhythm, the violin behind boosting this flamboyant, fruity and dynamic track; you have to be used to melting pot musical effects to fully appreciate this deluge of notes; the air slowly rises to a basic melody embellished with fresh and airy moments. "The Unknown Wise Advice" and one of the 4 great titles arises with the pride of melodic synths, it goes up keeping the rhythm of the power prog, pause of the piano then it swells,the violins and the guitar solo (Ah a bit of SAGA here) start off on verbal jousting at ARS NOVA; the tempo increases again, goes to semi-oriental tunes, the symphonic remains in place, electronic too, the KANSAS-style violin firmly in place ending in joust with Claudio's immense guitar, the voice on ARENA, in short it is complex and one feels the great instrumental mastery. 'Another Light' short, dark, melancholy, flirting on alternative rock more digestible, less stamped; the voice on an a la FAITHFULL in softer, violin and guitar bringing sounds of enjoyable romantic spleen, rock-pop is here with a short but fruity solo as it should be. 'Manley' for an anachronistic instrumental, violin variation on a jazzy tune, then metal, a little on the land of THERION without voice.An air of suspense, of fear linked to this chopped, aggressive violin which sets off to rave film music, a good refreshing interlude in fact, the drums frantically ensuring this colorful title which changes from the original sound. 'Location and Destination' for an ersatz ' la KANSAS, the voice making me think of MAGIC PIE and KERRS PINK, a good track which stretches but without much progression, more melodic, violin like RONDO VENEZIANO; you have to wait for the guitar solo that tears to have the break that kills, final rhythmic military to have a beautiful sequence of Roberto limit spleen which then makes me melt.the drums frantically ensuring this colorful title which changes from the original sound. 'Location and Destination' for an ersatz ' la KANSAS, the voice making me think of MAGIC PIE and KERRS PINK, a good track which stretches but without much progression, more melodic, violin like RONDO VENEZIANO; you have to wait for the guitar solo that tears to have the break that kills, final rhythmic military to have a beautiful sequence of Roberto limit spleen which then makes me melt.the drums frantically ensuring this colorful title which changes from the original sound. 'Location and Destination' for an ersatz ' la KANSAS, the voice making me think of MAGIC PIE and KERRS PINK, a good track which stretches but without much progression, more melodic, violin like RONDO VENEZIANO; you have to wait for the guitar solo that tears to have the break that kills, final rhythmic military to have a beautiful sequence of Roberto limit spleen which then makes me melt.rhythmic military final to have a beautiful sequence of Roberto limit spleen which then makes me melt.rhythmic military final to have a beautiful sequence of Roberto limit spleen which then makes me melt.

"Crossing" begins on the divine piano, you can feel the epic piece, the cavalcades of horses, in short, a title which makes you react, which takes you wherever your thoughts want it, full of drawers which make the piece very pleasant; after this instrumental interlude (ELP and GENESIS in the crosshairs), it's time for languid vocals, a calm air that will slowly rise in a fruity, jerky crescendo and at the limit of prog power metal, I find DREAM THEATER not for nothing. A flagship title with all the sensitivity and power of CAST, timeless. "The March" with a dark, intimate intro, the moving voice of Bobby on Roberto's violin and daddy's piano amplifying this moment; sweetness of a track which digests with a riff in the background starting, giving a classic metallic impulse, bathed in the romantic,sudden fall that goes out of context. "Contacto" for a centerpiece: symphonic, medieval, romantic, epicurean intro, majestic variation of the violin and keyboards, acoustic addition then it launches into a frantic race where all the instruments go to party, the pride of the guitar boosted; quality, technique, uncompromising progression, the synchronic sound of CAST in fact where everything is piled up to create the best, that's it; master-piece. 'Dredging to the Higher Plane' for a KANSAS-style sound by this twirling violin and its ubiquitous keyboards: it starts with an agreed theme, fruity, energetic and entertaining; the voice halfway through jerks just adds to the developed tune; it starts again in a thunderous way, hold a rhythm which starts on the tango, it becomes more modern like sound,less vintage in fact, with instruments that work to finish the album in the most beautiful way by intoxicating you.

CAST made prog symphonic at CAST, mastering his titles from start to finish; CAST may surprise you given the debauchery of disparate titles and sounds released on this album; very high level, current sound and a wonderful moment that I did not expect so intense; I have to say that it will reach my top potential, a guarantee of quality.

alainPP | 5/5 |

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