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After Crying


Symphonic Prog

4.02 | 194 ratings

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4 stars "Grieved and Humiliated" (Thanks to Google) is the second studio album of the Hungarian After Crying.

First of all this is a band, like the Slovakian "Collegium Musicum" with a strong classical background coming from behind the iron curtain. We can say all the bad of the life in the eastern Europe before the 1989, but the attention to culture and education was one of the positive things of the old regimes and it's something that has left a sign in the way of making art from Russia to East Germany.

"A Gadarai Megszállott" (The Gadaral Obsessed, or The Fanatic of Gadaral) is a side long track based on piano and strings with a classical feeling. A masterpiece of symphonic prog on which I can't hear the usual ELP influence that's evident, in example, in Marian Varga's playing. I can hear similarties with the Czech "Modry Efekt", but it's likely because of the common mittel-european origins. This is a slow and dark symphony good for a summer night (at least this is the mental image that it gives me), a dream just before sleeping.

Violin and Cello open the B side. "A Kis Hős" (A little Hero), then pause and the choir sings "ahoo". This is the base of this short song whose mood is just a little darker than the first track. The dream is turning into a little nightmare.

"Noktürn" is a short song, very melodic and based on major chords. A brief interlude but not a filler. An oboe is not a common instrument in non-classical music.

The title track has a chaotic opening. Sliding violin and cello strings on a drumming background, then organ and drums play on odd signature and the cello makes the solo. Now the suite is started. The piano closes the intro and the jazzy section starts. Later it turns into symphonic with a base of percussions and trumpet. When they are replaced by keyboard and voice it gets a very dark flavour. The sound of the trumpet is very appropriate, it gives a particular touch of sadness. I think to Blade Runner Blues.

"Vegul" (Finally) is just a closer made mainly of drums and keyboards with a jazzy flavour.

This is an excellent release and its biggest quality is the originality. The band's sound is unmistakable and the dark mood makes it less easy but more interesting than the debut.

4 stars

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