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ALAM RAYA

Abbhama

 

Symphonic Prog

3.53 | 39 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars Indonesia have a pretty impressive output of bands here in ProgArchives. Abbhama is one of these one-album-only bands.

Story of getting this album is complicated and involves me howling like a werewolf outside my local record store's owners house, four newly caught pikes, two kegs of fermenting rhubarb cider, two train journeys in a bermuda short and and a man in pyjamas frantic waving with a white flag. The rest of of you may have more difficulties obtaining this album though.

This album by Abbhama though is pretty standard Indonesian symphonic prog with a lot of local folk music with added symphonic prog on the top of that. Symphonic prog aka ELP in other words. There is a lot of ELP'isms here. Abbhama's version of the British national anthem is very ELP like. But where ELP is bombastic, Abbhama is much more pastoral and folksy. That and a lot more local pop music too. After all, the locals is supposed to purchase this album too.

The vocals here is an acquired taste and may be off putting for some. It suits the music though and I find them to be good. The other dominating instrument is the keyboards which is played with great gusto and skills. The flutes is also pretty dominant here and good too. I have no complaints about the instrumentations. The sound is good too.

The quality of the songs are very good to good throughout. This album is by no means a classic, but still well worth checking out. It certainly brings something different to the Symph Prog genre.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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