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Garden Wall


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3.75 | 44 ratings

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3 stars It grows on me after several listens, but at my first impact this album seems to be regarded as a good dark heavy progressive work in the average: as a matter of fact you can appreciate the heavy guitar excursions- as well some dark passages during the interplay with the keyboards- after being completely into their quite complex stuff, which is anyway well worth checking out at least!!It depends on your tastes naturally: if you prefer an "obscure" heavy style in the vein of bands like "Campo di Marte", mixed with that one regarding the most dramatic moments of Supper's Ready within Foxtrot" by Genesis, this album can satisfy your the opposite, if you are fond of such a classic romantic progressive genre, you can see anyway the evolution of this latter, in the direction of the hard progressive style or you can listen to an art rock genre in the vein of the most harsh King Crimson.Certainly their song "The cage", almost "pomp", is a controversial episode, to me a bit strident, especially by considering their references to a jewel like that one by Genesis ("In the cage", from "The lamb lies down on Broadway", actually can not be considered their inspiring model here, but it never minds...); nevertheless the other tracks, above all "Sex", characterized by a long meditative (powerful in the same time) guitar solo, enriched with an exceptional final crescendo, let us change idea about the real consistency of this work!!Instead different songs, such as "Kaos", "Band läuft" and "Oniros" are not less inspiring, even though the approach is always the same: an endless interplay between the guitars and the keyboards, with a dramatic tone and to me that's enough (despite of some short episodes, like "Prelude" at the piano, which is not useful in the development of the album, but it never minds once again...). It's an essential album for the lovers of this particular genre (according to my tastes a 3 stars score could be enough, but you could add also another half star, at least), which is a good example of the Italian "heavy prog" genre.
lor68 | 3/5 |


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