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MANDALABAND (AKA MANDALABAND I)

Mandalaband

 

Symphonic Prog

3.67 | 78 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars I have to say that I have a mixed feeling about this album.

One the one hand there are sublime instrumental passages but almost at the same time some weak vocals are drastically dragging this work on the lower site. One thing is for sure: you should listen further than the opening track to get the whole picture.

This intro piece might lead you on the wrong side of their music. It is indeed pretty much symphonic, and I like it as such but it might remind you too much of all the pomposity of an ELP.

Although this is a characteristics that is present on later tracks, it shouldn't overshadow the whole; which is rather pleasant and holds some brave guitar breaks as well like during the fourth movement of the epic ''Om Mani Padme Hum''. A very fine way to close this 20 minutes + track.

I would say that the other songs are not so convincing: more hard-rock or psyche oriented, they might hurt some prog ears but I don't complain. These sounds have filled my teenage days, after all.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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