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Pictorial Wand


Symphonic Prog

3.59 | 60 ratings

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5 stars This is quite a diverse release, very melodic with excellent use of the long list of collaborators.

It is a sombre piece, with a mix of male and female vocals, piano, flute, violin, cello and acoustic passages, lots of variation, all in all, quite symphonic.

That said, this could quite easily have been categorised as Progressive Metal or Heavy Prog had the production beefed up the guitar and drum sounds. The guitarwork is rooted in metal, but it is almost an advantage to the release that the production is more delicate (or is that low budget?). This will probably work in its favour, you couldn't classify it as metal and that means a few more people might listen in.

There are similarities to Pain of Salvation (vocals/feel), Ayreon (multiple vocalists and instruments), various female fronted goth/metal bands and 70's progressive rock.

If the production was just a little fuller and crisper then I could so no reason not to give it 5 stars, so I will look past the lower budget production, rate it 5 because it deserves to be noticed, but perhaps it's more a 4.5.

praj912 | 5/5 |


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