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Teru's Symphonia

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4 stars Their best one, a true reference for the whole Japanese progressive scene, in the vein of the ENID and RENAISSANCE, as usual, but with a further touch of their own, which makes this album well worth checking out.Actually their kind of emulation sometimes deserves an inferior score;nevertheless-apart from the vocals in Japanese, disturbing me for a while - the remaining symphonic passages are characterized by interesting and quite personal breaks through, which can be regarded as the best Japanese progressive stuff of the last ten years, along with some stuff by ARS NOVA. Unlike these latter the music of T.S. is more various and less dark, despite of the atmosphere often remaining romantic. Recommended!!
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Posted Saturday, April 3, 2004 | Review Permalink
4 stars The fourth album by this Japanese group and often also seems to be considered their best one. Their music has some clear neo-progressive nuances but for the most part this band can be regarded highly symphonic. Often it is very classical as well due to the keyboard arrangements. The music is at times very bombastic and at times atmospheric with layered keyboards. The band has a female singer Megumi Tokuhisa. She is one of the most extraordinary of the many female singers in Japanese progressive groups. Her vocals sound even a bit childish to me at times but I guess this is even typical sometimes for the Japanese singers. I have no problem with it but her vocals are definitely an acquired taste. The leader of the group is Terutsugu Hirayama who is both the keyboardist and the guitarist in the band. It can be said that this group is his brainchild. He surely has composing talents and the arrangements are often excellent. I believe this group is sometimes referred as the Japanese Renaissance.

The best tracks from this album are "The Princess is Gone", "Goblin Hunt" and "Big Tree" in my opinion. It's hard to pick any weak tracks and probably because there isn't any. Maybe not quite as good as the likes of Pageant and Bellaphon from the same era but still excellent nonetheless.

Conclusion: Excellent symphonic!

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Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2005 | Review Permalink
2 stars I just hope that this album will be better than their poor "Human Race Party" which was just a nightmare to listen to.

Well, after a full classic "Prologue", we are brought on the traces of "Laurence Of Arabia" with lots of strings (or is it the synth). "The princess Is Gone" features little vocals which is great since I never could bear dear Megumi Tokuhisa in this role. She always sounds as a very young girl in the midst of her teens. But it was already the case six years before this release while they were recording their debut album.

At least there were almost no vocals featured there, but more and more did we have to bear her awful voice. It might be suitable for classical Asian "opera" or historical shows, but as a prog band they are absolutely too childish to be interesting (but I mentioned this already).

"Goblin Hunt" is a good example of what I am describing here. It seems that for this album, the band is more oriented towards classical music which adds a bit to the confusion. When they stick to good symphonic instrumental , I have to agree that they can be pleasant but these moments are very scarce. Here and there a portion of a song like in the middle part of "Goblin". But of course the unbearable vocals destroy this pleasant feeling.

When a pure intrumental is played it is the only moments of relief for my ears. "The Big Tree" is one of such. No big deal but just a pleasant keyboards oriented song. Again, seriously oriented towards classic music. But the relief is very short. "Incomplete Happiness" (very well chosen title) perpretrates the Broadway musical tradition. Actually, maybe that would be a unique way out for "Teru's" : to perform musicals.

The only good song from this album is also the longest. "A Moonlight Icaros" fits prefectly in the symphonic genre. Even vocals are alright but the highlights are of course the instrumental parts. Lush keyboards and a fully "Renaissance" sound with subtle piano.

I'm afraid that "Magic Waltz" won't add anything to improve the global feeling. No wonder that only two reviews with comments were posted for their first four albums (except mine). There is really nothing great to remember from this band (except two very songs form their debut album). I understand the lack of interest for this band.

This is desolation land. Two stars thanks to ""A Moonlight Icaros".

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Posted Sunday, October 28, 2007 | Review Permalink
3 stars Teru's Symphonia is a band from Japan who plays symphonic prog with some elements from neo. To me is a good band and this album is a good one, i'm not bother by the voice of Megumi Tokuhisa who i find sometimes very strange but very good. All in all this is a 3 star album for me with some great pieces like The princess is gone, Goblin hunt and A moonlight Icaros. I think this band is among the best from Japan in the last 15 years along with Ars Nova, Gerard, etc. The music is sometimes very romantic but keep the symphonic elements all the album. So if you want to descover new bands from Japan, search for Teru's Symphonia might give some good example what symphonic prog is these days. 3 stars
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Posted Friday, June 20, 2008 | Review Permalink

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