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EMERGENCE

Visible Wind

 

Neo-Prog

3.05 | 30 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars The first two albums from "Visible Wind" were moderately good. Truely symphonic on their first, and harder on the second. Which direction do they have decided to go for their third opus ?

If the album would be of the caliber of the opening number "Sweet Perdition", then we should be prepared for the best. This is their longest song so far (almost fifteen minutes) and it is a great song. The first instrumental portion is gorgeous. A true epic. Intrigant choir and lush keyboards to start. It is more on the Neo-prog edge later on (almost heavy at times - very much "Arena" oriented).

This section features lots of theme changes : it is really a great piece of music. Rhythmy but melodic it shows a band in full cohesion and very much inspired. Vocals as well are on par : a powerful voice (but no shouts) will perfectly fill its role.

After this excellent song, the short "Interlude" is only there to put our ideas back together so that we can be ready for the other great songs. Well, that's the best scenario. Because the quality will seriously decrease as if they put all their efforts in "Sweet Perdition".

"Face Ó la TÚlÚvision" is the Frenchie one of the album (they did a similar thing on their previous release). The hard direction noticeable in the opening track is even more present. There will be good instrumental parts featuring heavy guitar sounds.

This tendancy is even more investigated during "Salesman", "Nemesis" and "At the End of the Road". These ones are frankly heavy prog, dull and uninteresting.

It seems that the band does not really know in which direction they need to go because "Winter Night" and the closing number "We'll Meet Again" are quiet and mellow. Only the latter can be considered a good song. Nice and peaceful melody which is a complete contrast with the overall mood of this work.

This album is for sure not a great one. It's a pity that they couldn't repeat several track as inspired as "Sweet Freedom". Maybe next time ?

Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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