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Bondar & Wise


Symphonic Prog

3.13 | 11 ratings

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Marty McFly
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2 stars Bearing the name "clone" of other band (usually very famous one, one of founders of genre) isn't easy. But when your knowledge is big enough, you can see common traits, patterns and so on. There's also big problem of determining originality - Progressivity (something new) & Prog sound (something that sounds like Prog that has already been done before).

The story of this band (presented on artist page) is common one. Usual for many Symphonic bands from 70s, except Bondar & Wise sounds A LOT like ELP (and by "a lot" I mean really a lot). Not doing covers or the same songs, so no typical tribute band, but trying to find their own sound. Within borders set by ELP. And because ELP went very far in exploration and expanding their horizons, possibilities available for B&W (or other bands that are half their own, half cloning (a little bit)) are big.

It's easy to say that if you want to know how "A Live Legacy" sounds, you can say that it's ELP without their more weird stuff (there's mostly pompous stuff) in quite Heavy way (not as subtle as their role model - and also the sound quality is not so great, which adds to roughness). It's easy, but as long as you expect "just another band with ELP sound", you're safe.

3(+), not bad music, just not their own sound.

Marty McFly | 2/5 |


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