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4.03 | 243 ratings

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4 stars Now i want to make again a stop and walk backwards to the beautiful era of 70`s symphonic prog music, again with a band from Italy, but believe me , with a unique and so different band.

If you dont know Goblin is a band which has released so many albums oriented to be music of movies, a clear example of that is their masterpiece called Profondo Rosso, a soundtrack of a horror film, maybe you will remind Vangelis, Tangerine Dream or Phillipe Glass, even the same Rick Wakeman when i mention the term of soundtrack, now i can suggest Goblin as a maker of movie soundtracks.

The difference is that here you wont listen anything electronic or atmospherical as the other progressive rock bands which have done music for films, here you will find the essence of symphonic rock , and the essence of Italian Symphonic Rock, i know that we dont have to separate prog by countries, but it`s clear that the Italian Symphonic Progressive bands have it`s own and unique style.

Goblin offers to us an instrumental sound, beautiful and full of excellent keyboards and actually if im not wrond this Roller album is not a soundtrack, but basically the style of their music is the same.

I will start saying that one thing that could be against Goblin`s releases is that the lenght of the albums are short, Profondo Rosso features almost 30 minutes, and this album 34 minutes, but believe me, that fact doesn`t make it worse at all, sometimes as a prog fan i feel that 30 to 40 albums are less to what i expect, i think i would prefer to have more minutes because the music is great, but anyway 34 minutes could be enough to enjoy of an album.

Those 34 minutes are divided in 6 songs, an average of 5:30 minutes per song , which are pretty good , taking the example of actual horrible music that has only 3 minutes and are hits. A progressive song doesn`t need to be a hit, but it needs to reach the levels of composition and greatness to takes us and have us at it`s feet, what im trying to say this time, is that Goblin`s songs are always sooo enjoyable, they feed my brain with excellent short compositions, and i cant ask more, that`s the beauty of it. Musically i think this album is not as great as Profondo Rosso, or at least i prefer the other one, but the synthezisers are great during thw whole album, also the bass lines accomplished by drumming and sometimes acoustic and electric guitars make it great.

From fast and powerful compositions like the amazing "Goblin" song, which for me is the best song of the album because of it`s great changes and creative sound , to the melodic and classical compositions of "The Snake Awakens", makes me feel free to recommend this album to you, Italian prog lover this is a must, and if you are not familiarized with this band or Italian scene in general, try this album anyway, it could be the gateway to a future love. Because i love it i have to give it at least 4 stars, but because it doesnt fill me like other albums, i cant give it 5 stars.

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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