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NOSTRADAMUS BOOK OF PROPHECIES

Solaris

 

Symphonic Prog

4.15 | 212 ratings

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FranMuzak
5 stars MYSTICAL AND MAGICAL

This is one of the very few bands that gets you totally trapped in the theme of the album, meaning that the concepts are very well achieved, even though they are mostly instrumental! And also is one of the few groups that makes my heart beats faster with each song.

I found this band a couple of years ago with "Martian Chronicles" and thought it was fantastic, but when i heard "Nostradamus" it really blew my mind. I think this album is even more original than MC, and the use of all instruments is more balanced than the other, wich was more based in the electonics/keyboards and flute.

They start nicely with the "Book Of Prophecies" series, with beatiful combination of choruses and the clssic mixture of flute and guitar. Then "The Duel" starts with strong guitar and lead us to an alternated duel of fute, organ,bass, drums and guitar. "The Lions Empire" brings the Camel feeling back to me, while "Wings of the Phoenix" is their typical comfrontation between flute and keys. "Ship of Darkness" is one of my favourites and reminds me of Alex Lifeson in "La Villa Strangiato" . "Wargames" is maybe the weakest of the album but not a bad track at all. "The moment of Truth" part 1 begins nicely with keys emulating a gentle sax solo and then taking us smoothly to guitar/ flute exchange and continuing with vocal harmonies. Part 2 ends the cd in a very mellow way leaving us with melancoly.

This time they gave all instruments the strenght to achive a balanced masterpiece of symphonic rock that im sure has already and will appeal all Symph Prog lovers and everyone that likes elavorated and melodic music.

Viva el Prog!

FranMuzak | 5/5 |

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