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THE GNOMON

Sunchild

 

Crossover Prog

4.03 | 118 ratings

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snobb
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3 stars I was pleasantly surprised by this double debut album of Ukrainian band. Melodic multi layered very energetic symphonic prog in traditions of greatest genre's bands from early 70-s!

Plenty of keyboards are supported by many other instruments,including different reeds, guitars and other strings. Elements of Eastern European folklore are mixed with Jethro Tull-like folk prog, ELP influenced keyboards passages,some Floydian moments.

Musicians are all competent, and music is really played at quite high technical level. Even more - being a long and quite complex album, it sounds pleasant and not boring. I like female back- up vocals, whenever male vocals are more question of taste. Songs are quite long, of complex structure but generally of synth/keys symphonic prog domination in sound. Some tradition Ukrainian instruments (as bayan or harmonica) or tunes really add more colours into whole sound.

There are two main problems with this album for me though: first is being released in year 2008 this album sounds absolutely as vaults recordings from mid-70s. With bombastic (Gerard-like) vintage keyboards passages, dramatic and pathetic vocals - and seriously out of time. Second problem is in fact this music has very low level of originality if at all: experienced listener will easily hear where starts piece borrowed from ELP, Jethro Tull or Pink Floyd. Good and talented collection of strong classic symphonic prog influence, but it's hardly enough to name this album great release.

In all, quite pleasant album, possibly could seriously attract hot vintage melodic symphonic prog fans. For all others it's not a bad listening, but hardly innovative or original enough to attract any special attention.

snobb | 3/5 |

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