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3.15 | 40 ratings

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3 stars D'Accord returns with the difficult second album.

The band signed on Karisma Records and now has full label support with promo CDs and distribution in all territories through Plastic Head. I got one of these promo CDs from Karisma Records.

D'Accord has also expanded their music and gone much more ambitious. Or to be more precise, they have made a concept album with two twenty minutes long suites about the lost world of Atlantis. The ingredients which made the first album such a great album is mostly still there. Daniel Maage's vocals are excellent and he is the mainman in this band, to my knowledge. His flutes, which added a lot of flavour their debut album, is mostly gone though. The guitars and the keyboards has come more to the fore in the mix. The 1970s heavy prog sound is still intact and those who love this sound (myself included) will love the sound on this album.

There is a problem though. D'Accord is overly brave and ambitious on this album. They are in fact walking on a tightrope over a waterfall, without any aides. They almost pulls it off. Many would argue; they have pulled it off at Helike. But I would argue here that although the sound is excellent and sends shivers down my spine (as a fan of 1970s prog), this album is sadly lacking in the form of enough great melody lines. Bravery and ambitions can also means being fools. Which I am not accusing the band of being. But they tried to pull of a masterpiece and failed.

On the other hand, this is not a bad album either. It is overly ambitious. But it also have some great melody lines which surely will cement this band's position as one of the best Norwegian/Scandinavian upcoming acts at the moment. Helike is a very good album which will please their fans and probably also get them new fans. I would encourage this band to stick to their guns, despite of this album not quite reaching the target.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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