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3.93 | 660 ratings

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2 stars My first Pendragon album was Kowtow, I was heavily disappointed , and just decided to forget about this band. After many comments from all possible sides, I realized, that I started from possibly their worst album, and decided just to give the band one more chance. So, this time I made my homework a bit better and choose their fresh album (2009) with one of the highest rating in reviews. Let see, what happens now!

From very first song I was pleasantly wondered by energetic level and music heaviness. For sure, this album is influenced by power/prog metal. Long composition included some melodic acoustic interludes and even eastern motives! But main problems still occurred - comparing with classy symphonic prog or prog metal bands, music is very simplistic and musicianship level is only average. Even if few good guitar solo occurs, drummer is low tech, and vocal is below any critics.

Second song just confirmed my first impression. Being melodic, composition's structure is taken from average power metal band from 80-s. Guitar solos are not bad, but not personal at all. Drummers shows there really good class, however.

Third song started from ballad-like half spoken intro, later continued as mid- tempo melodic, but very predictable symphonic composition. Somewhere in the middle metal guitars/drums broke monotony, but it didn't change atmosphere too much...

I decided just listen album till the end. Final impression - for sure, this work is better than my first experience (Kowtow), but in fact contains very average music ,full of pieces, borrowed from different bands from 70-80-s. Even if some moments are not so bad, simplistic musicianship, very uninspired vocal and lack of originality just left very unpleasant feeling.

I like very different music, but most of all want to hear original work of professional musicians. Unhappily, it didn't happened again. And this vocal - I think they could better be instrumental band ( ok, then there will be more visible other problems).

I believe band's fans are not too much interested in my review. I just put on paper opinion from music fan, who isn't a big neo-prog lover. Possibly, could be interesting for similar background listeners.

snobb | 2/5 |


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