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Isildurs Bane


Symphonic Prog

3.77 | 87 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars ISILDURS BANE are a six piece band at this point but we get another ten guests helping out plus a choir. So yes they do have a "big" sound. As usual this is very orchestral and classical sounding with some "Rock" elements thrown in the mix. Many of these tracks blend into one another.

"The Flight Onward-Phases 1-5" is almost spacey with classical sounds coming and going.The spacey vibe fades away after a minute. It all kicks in after 2 1/2 minutes. A very classical sounding tune. "Ataraxia" features violin and vibes standing out on in this mellow sounding song. "In A State Of Comprehension" does get fuller before 3 minutes with guitar, drums and bass to end it. Violin comes in late. "The Pilot" has some sampled words to start as the music kicks in. It turns fairly heavy 2 minutes in and the flute is prominant playing over top. Guitar 2 1/2 minutes in. A calm before 3 1/2 minutes and those sampled words return. It does get fuller and the sampled words end it.

"Unity" opens with piano before violin and a beat join in. "Opportunistic Walk-Phases 1-2" opens with piano and violin. Drums after 1 1/2 minutes. Drums and vibes dominate after 3 minutes then a classical flavour takes over with aboe and more. A change after 8 minutes as the guitar and drums take over. Orchestral sounds come and go before 13 minutes. "Holistic Medicine" opens with violin as this guy yells out chess terminolgy. It's like he's describing a chess match.This will come and go throughout as the music changes and evolves from heavy to mellow to classical. "A Blank Page" features melancholic violin and guitar leading the way.

A good album no doubt, just not the style of music i'm into.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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