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black midi



4.15 | 97 ratings

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5 stars Echoes of a distant scenario, that of Dante and its miseries, the hells of the early renaissance seem like a nightmare of the present. And at these gates of hell, I see the dichotomies of present tense, global pandemic and the rise of new ways of fascism and authoritarism all around the world, hellfire seems to catch up sonically with the zeitgeist.

Adventurous, yet, still, consistent, the album delivers what critics cited as: "Bird song, strings, flute, harmonica, and xylophone pool into a warm ray of light and weld together, before you're thrown back into the hellfire, in the form of abrasive radio tuning, on 'Half Time'. Bewildering and brilliant." (From Loud and Quiet)

For me the entire album qualifies as a sort of complete narrative that takes you on a spin, makes you want to continue listening after leaving the album. It has everything, its own electivity in sonic language allows us to dream of the future of Prog rock, one that doesn't rely in the past as band like NMB, TKF or even BBT do. Here we have something strange, bewildering and yet catchy as hell.

Well-deserved 5 stars.

santisoux | 5/5 |


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