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Rumblin' Orchestra


Symphonic Prog

3.15 | 18 ratings

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3 stars RUMBLIN ORCHESTRA seem to be a family-band occasion,led by keyboardist/vocalist Bela Ella with five more family members participating on this project.Multi-instrumentalist Jusztin Szabo completes the basic line-up,while East's guitarist Janos Varga is responsible for the scarce electric guitar solos and melodies.Their debut ''Spartacus'', which seems to be a concept album,came out in 1998.

STYLE: Centered around piano/keyboards and orchestra instruments,the album can sound nothing different than a mix of Classical-influenced rock,keyboard-driven prog with maybe a slight tone of a Rock Opera added.Many times the band sounds like an orchestra jamming with a progressive rock band,while the string-driven parts along with the flute passages are trully ethereal and dreamy.Surprisingly the album contains a lot of synth parts along with numerous organ jams,which blend nicely with the orchestra feeling.Depending on the track the style ranges from bombasic synth-driven prog to melodic Classical music with the rhythm section suppirting.Vocals are scarce,limited to decent choirs and aggresive/theatrical male vocals with an operatic dose.

INFLUENCES/SOUNDS LIKE: The whole family had to be huge followers of THE ENID along with keyboard-driven monster acts like EMERSON,LAKE & PALMER or TRIUMVIRAT.Best modern act to compare are definitely Italians QUASAR LUX SYMPHONIAE with a less guitar-driven sound with a touch of compatriots SOLARIS,mainly on the flute section.

PLUS: All I can say about the Classical-influenced musicianship of the album is that this is majestic.Bella Ella seems to lose the battle against the rest of the family,the handlers of the orchestral instrumentation,who deliver absolutely essential,romantic and melodic Classical-inspired music,often flirting with grandiose soundtrack music .Bella himself has some great moments and a big plus for him is the fact he doesn't perform too selfish.Beautiful interplays throughout the album between keys and flutes/violins.Worth mentioning the nice performance of Janos Varga on guitars.

MINUS: Definitely the bad sound of the synths,which sound sometimes cheesy,other ones too plastic,spoiling some of the finest themes of ''Spartacus''.Some long keyboard solos of Bella are a bit stretched,while a concept album could have been based a bit more on (the very decent) vocal sections,which are almost absent.

WILL APPEAL TO: Not only keyboard freaks who can't live without their prog filled with keyboard sounds,but also fans of pure classical music...but ''Spartacus'' is a great exampe of an album heading to open-minded listeners of artistic music..

CONCLUSION/RATING: Musically speaking we are talking about top notch Classical Prog here and it's a pity that this band disappeared soon after their second release.If it weren't those plastic synths,we would propably be talking about a far more better release now.However,I recommend this album strongly to the whole prog audience due to its beatiful classical themes and my final taste leads me to a 3.5 rating.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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