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Isildurs Bane


Symphonic Prog

3.77 | 87 ratings

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5 stars "MIND Vol. 1" is a remarkable album by this Swedish group. It proves new prog music can be just as good as the music of the 70's. The sound is by no means retro or dated. This music is very modern in sound and in composition but retaining the same creativity and beuaty as the old stuff. Rarely a modern band impresses me so much.This is how new prog should sound!

Besides modern electronics and rock instruments there are a lot of acoustic instruments like wind instruments, brass, piano, cello, mallet percussion... These instruments remind me a little of FRANK ZAPPA, GENTLE GIANT and MANEIGE... Their original style could be described as a diverse mix of atmospheric, chamber classical, jazzy, experimental music...

All tracks are great only "Hollistic Medicine" could be a little tedious - a chess recital with wandering music. This one begs for skip button... Overall, the compositions are very complex but they sound incredibly vital, pleasant and emotional. This is highly unlikely in modern prog! Some tracks may sound disjointed at first listen but after several listenings you get the continuity...

Skillful and creative musicians made a real masterpiece of new prog (despite one weaker track) deserving 5 stars or more! If you like this album don't forget to check their live album "MIND Vol. 2". Essential!

terramystic | 5/5 |


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