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3.06 | 22 ratings

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2 stars One concept album too far.

I have a soft spot for this French band. A band who has taken up the baton from Ange, Mona Lisa and Atoll. They are listed as neo-prog, but their sound is most definate French symphonic prog. Hence my soft spot for this band.

So it is a logic step for a band like this to do a concept album, a symphony no less. Which is a great plunge into the unknown. Just like the battle of the bridges in Arnhem during WW2. The risk is massive and mostly underestimated.

I have to confess Magnesis has fallen flat on their face on this album. There is no good melodies here. The music is everywhere and sounds unfocused. It is like a unskilled cook getting together a big dish where cod, chicken, oranges and strawberries is mashed into one big dish. It is not a dish I would like to tuck into. The music here is a blend of folk rock, hard prog rock in the vein of Spock's Beard, rock'n'roll, symph prog, classical music and some other strange tones too. The end is not a joined together symphony. It is a disjoined symphony. There are some good parts here, but most of this album falls flat on it's face. I hate writing reviews about bands I like, but this is how I see it. Sorry.

2 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |


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