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After Crying


Symphonic Prog

3.88 | 106 ratings

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4 stars This Hungary-based symphonic prog group presents the album "After Crying 6" with excellent songwriting, tight composition, and powerful musicianship. The opening track "Save Our Souls" (SOS) sounds to me like an overture of a cinema with music delivered in orchestra format. From the opening only I can sense how the music of the band would look like. The music of this opening track is written by Winkler Balasz who also plays trumpet, keyboards, percussion and programming.

Next is an epic that comprises 7 tracks starting with "Fun Fair Land Open" which basically an upbeat track with full orchestration including brass section and power vocal line. The accompanying music sometimes reminds me to ELP. Keyboard plays obvious role as well as brass section. Next track "Providence" starts with string composition followed with melodic female vocal reminiscent of Renaissance. It's so rewarding opening as it comprises excellent combination of instruments that accompany the vocal.

What follows is a complex piece of music "Salto Mortale II' which blends ELP and King Crimson augmented with guitar riffs. The upbeat music accompanies vocal who sings in high register notes. At approx minutes 3 the music turns into a musical break interlude with nice beats. At approx minute 4 I can sense the similarity with King Crimson's song followed with pulsating keyboard /synthesizer solo. It's really an excellent track with rich textures of instruments that are played together - making the music is packed with multi sounds.

"Sleepin' Chaplin" is basically a nice bridge that brings the album into string music "Madrigal Love Part Four (Cassanova)" which features vocal. Track 7 returns back to the kind of soundtrack music with powerful orchestration. My favorite track, as I made comments on my previous review of the band's "Struggle For Life" live set album called "Viaduct" is by design is an excellent song with strong theme. It's suitable to start the show especially with its combination of great trumpet solo, dynamic drums and symphonic keyboards. Great track. The last track is dedicated to the band's idol from ELP: Keith Emerson. The composition itself similar with ELP's.

Overall, all songs featured here are relatively complex arrangements with great combination of brass section and orchestra. If you love symphonic prog with classical music influence and heavy orchestration, this album suits your taste. Keep on proggin' ..! Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |


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