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LOST WORLD BAND

Crossover Prog • Russia


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Founded in Moscow, Russia in 1990 (initially as simply "Lost World") - Still active as of 2019

The way they play classical rock is unlike anyone else, and some of it is outstanding. LOST WORLD was formed by 3 conservatory-trained students in 1990, but their debut album, "Trajectories", was only released in 2003 by Boheme Music. The trio ( Vassily Soloviev- flute, vocal, guitar; Andy Didorenko - acoustic and electric violin, guitar, bass guitar ; Alexander Akimov - keyboards, programming, sound engineering ) wrote short yet complex and skillfully arranged (featuring flute, violins, acoustic guitar) songs and instrumental tracks.
Their second album, the completely instrumental "Awakening of the Elements", was released in 2006 by MUSEA. This is classical progressive rock of the highest order, with flute and violin featured prominently. Probably because they are Russian, they sound unlike any of the other prog bands with heavy classical influences, so ther music sounds quite original. These guys can definitely play and write great music.
LOST WORLD cover a variety of styles, with moods ranging from dark and frenetic to gentle, romantic and pastoral. Because the pieces are generally of modest length, it never gets boring. Soft soundscapes change into riffy moments, violin interplays with flute, complex signatures and shifting moods abound. Very good for those who about to be introduced to Russian Prog!

Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
LOST WORLD are another excellent example of the modern Russian prog scene, which deserves much more visibility on an international level.

Although the band were originally known as LOST WORLD, they changed their name to LOST WORLD BAND in 2009. In 2011, after the initial 'SOLAR POWER' sessions broke down, the new drummer Konstantin SHTIRLITZ (ex-INFRONT) first appeared as a drummer for the band. Alex AKIMOV moved to the producer's chair, and Andy DIDORENKO became the sole writer of music and lyrics, with Vassili SOLOVIEV providing the flute part. In this formation, the band recorded 'SOLAR POWER' (2013) and 'OF THINGS AND BEINGS' (2016), as well as the revision of 'AWAKENING OF THE ELEMENTS' (2015). Along with strong instrumental sympho-prog material, the new albums feature songs with Andy on vocals. 

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3.26 | 26 ratings
Trajectories
2001
4.01 | 42 ratings
Awakening Of The Elements
2006
4.00 | 37 ratings
Sound Source
2009
3.91 | 64 ratings
Solar Power
2013
4.14 | 44 ratings
Of Things And Beings
2016
4.23 | 31 ratings
Spheres Aligned
2019

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4.82 | 14 ratings
In Concert
2009

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 Spheres Aligned by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.23 | 31 ratings

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Spheres Aligned
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars It has been many years since I came across Lost World Band and their debut album 'Trajectories'. The three founder members all met at the Moscow Conservatory, and Andrey Didorenko (guitars, violins, vocals) and Vassily Soloviev (flute) are still there while original keyboard player Alexander Akimov has taken on the production role. Their last album ('Of Things and Beings') was just the duo alongside drummer Konstantin Shtirlitz who had joined in time for the previous album 'Solar Power'. However, it does feel that the guys have become a band at last, as the trio have been joined by Yuliya Basis (keyboards) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (bass). All the songs are still by Andy, but what has really amazed me is the way the band have taken all their complex musicality and made it incredibly commercial. There is a groove running all the way through this, and songs such as 'Running In The Sun' cry out for major radio airplay as it is full of hooks, as well as complex layers and musicality. The vocals are smooth, the harmonies spot on, the violin and flute just so in the background, while the bass drives along, the drums are all over the place, and when the electric violin comes in to take a solo it is short, sweet, and full of edgy power.

Here we have a Russian band who have moved so far away from their debut to be almost unrecognisable, yet still use flute and violin as key instruments to keep their music rooted to the past. The album itself starts with an instrumental, and as the keyboards and guitars swap chords, the violin and bass are off and running and we are being thrown headlong into a rushing progressive number where it feels like everyone is in flight, the harmonies switching and swirling as different musicians take the lead and everyone is charging to the same destination. The first time I played this I actually stopped what I was doing to check that I had loaded the right album as this is both dramatic and melodic, joyous and dramatic, strident yet harmonious. They have expanded in many directions in this album, which may mean that some listeners won't be completely satisfied with everything they hear as there are so any different styles at play. Me, I think it's glorious and easily their most complete, accessible and incredible album to date. Lost World Band are back with a bang, and this should be searched out by all progheads.

 Spheres Aligned by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.23 | 31 ratings

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Spheres Aligned
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
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4 stars Lost World Band is a Crossover Prog band that was founded in Moscow, Russia in 1990 by 3 classically trained musicians, originally known simply as Lost World. Their first album was released in 2001. They have released 6 full length studio albums and 1 live album. Their 6th album was released in April of 2019 and is called "Spheres Aligned". The group's line up for this album consists of Andrey Didorenko on vocals, guitars, bass, violins and keyboards; Vassily Soloviev on flute; Yuliya Basis on keyboards; Evgeny Kuznetsov on bass; and Konstantin Shtiriltz on drums. The music on this album was composed and recorded between November 2017 and December 2018 in both New York City and Moscow. The album consists of 11 tracks which in total comes to about 50 minutes. The music consists of half of the tracks being instrumental songs and half with vocals.

"Aligned" begins on an upbeat track which consists of a violin leading the charge along with the full band with a fast and complex, but somewhat lilting rhythm. Right away, you know you are in for a great progressive production as the violin tears things up in this great introductory track. "Rockfall" begins with stately synths introducing another fast and catchy progressive track which is mostly led by rousing guitar and keyboard solos. "Dawn Day Dusk Night" starts off pensively with processed piano and keys and the first instance of vocals in a stylized harmonic wash of sound. The violin takes the lead again between the lyrical lines. As the lyrics become less repetitive, the piano plays dissonant chords, and after this, a complex instrumental section comes in with heavy guitars and more violin and keys. "Running in the Sun" features a more lyrical led track. The vocals have a slight leaning towards Geddy Lee in his later years, but a bit weaker. But the musicianship is so good on the album that you hardly notice, even in this faster track. The instruments generate enough excitement that make you want to keep hearing more.

"Symphonic" goes back to the complex instrumental sound of the band. Meters and moods change often here, creating an excellent progressive track where guitars, synths, and the flute take turns supporting and leading while the rhythm section takes everything through a somewhat complex track. It's quite a kaleidoscope of sound and texture. "Aise" is a short piano solo instrumental which is quite nice and rhapsodic. "Sail Away" has a atmospheric beginning with synths and piano bringing in vocals. There is a feeling of vulnerability in the voice in this softer setting, which mostly works, but exposes some weaknesses until the guitar comes in with a nice instrumental break. The flute comes in later to support the vocals in the last verse. "Crystalized" begins similar to a light folksy instrumental similar to that of a Jethro Tull instrumental, complete with flute and guitar.

"Lighter Than Air" begins with vocals right away and a lilting and pastoral feeling with smooth keys, acoustic guitar and flute. "Pressured" begins with a march style rhythm that suddenly darkens with heavy guitars which propel the track forward through some cool synth solos and some great progressive interruptions injected throughout. Great stuff! "I am the World" is the final track, and also the longest at almost 9 minutes. A slow electric guitar solo ushers in the vocals which has lyrics with sci-fi elements. The track remains pensive and soft and at the 3 minute mark, percussion comes in, remaining at a moderately slow tempo while a nice instrumental break carries things forward. Things suddenly get progressive and complex as everything works together to build different levels of intensity. After the violin churns up some excitement, a short section with vocals come in and then more intense guitar work pushes everything to the last refrain. At the end, you just want it to keep going, and that is an indication of a great album.

This is definitely an enjoyable album consisting of some great progressive tracks and even bringing in occasional folk elements to keep everything interesting. There are some nice slow and atmospheric passages, and also plenty of exciting and complex sections that will get your heart racing. The vocals could use some work, especially in the softer passages, but it doesn't ruin the overall sound of the album. There is a good amount of variety on the album, yet the overall feel is quite consistent. Even with most of the tracks being short, the quality of the music is not compromised and development of the tracks is well executed. This boils down to an excellent album that is worth checking out, it's not perfect, but it's definitely worth the time.

 Awakening Of The Elements by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.01 | 42 ratings

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Awakening Of The Elements
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars Back in 1990, three friends at music college formed a band, calling themselves Lost World. It took until 2003 for the debut album to be released, 'Trajectories', and after 'Awakening of the Elements' in 2006 the guys made a slight change to the name, and added 'Band'. Although there had been some slight changes over the years, the original three, Vassili Soloviev (flute), Andy Didorenko (acoustic and electric guitars, bass, acoustic and electric violins) and Alexander Akimov (keyboards, percussion, programming, sound design) are still there (and indeed all played on the most recent album, 2016's 'Of Things and Beings'). But 2011 saw the guys working with a new drummer, Konstantin Shtirlitz, and Andy's thoughts started to turn back to their second album, and wondered what it would sound like if they re-recorded the drums, added violins and then remixed it. Well, it came out so well that they released it. I don't think I ever heard the original Musea CD, but I am so glad that Andy thought that I might like to hear this version! Russia has produced some amazing progressive rock bands, and Lost World Band have been a strong favourite of mine since I was sent the debut all those years ago (and looking among my racks I see I still have it). Influenced by the likes of King Crimson and UK, they can easily switch lead instruments from electric guitar to violin or flute, and given that they met at music college it is of course no surprise at all that they are all masters of their instruments. But, it is the arrangements and interplay that makes this album such a delight to listen to. There is a confidence and maturity that is pervasive, and Konstantin knows exactly what to add to provide emphasis and contrast to the melody. It can't have been an easy task taking on the role he was asked for, but the result is something that is complete, fresh, and totally enjoyable from beginning to end.

They can be bright and energetic, or laid back and thoughtful, while the opening title cut comes across as a mix of Kansas and Jethro Tull, with some more rocky guitar and a delightful Seventies feel as well as leads from both flute and violin. This is a great album, that flows and moves, so much so that the listener is never really sure where they are going to end up, but it doesn't matter as the journey is always so interesting. If you've never investigated Russian progressive rock then you should, and Lost World Band and this album are a great place to stay

 Of Things And Beings by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.14 | 44 ratings

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Of Things And Beings
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars A band that has always had a gift for melody and beauty has now vaulted into the upper echelons of prog world with this release of complex, well-recorded and produced, symphonic prog. Whereas their sound was always a little unpolished and their songs a little too syrupy sweet, this one shows a significant leap in both sophistication and maturity. The new sound is like Mike Oldfield only better; Lost World has gone where we all wished (and thought) Mike would go (but didn't).

Line-up / Musicians: - Andy Didorenko / all guitars, violins, keyboards and vocal - Vassili Soloviev / flute - Konstantin Shtirlitz / drums - Alexander Akimov / percussion

1. "Shapes and Objects" (a symphonic creation with full orchestral support) I. "Random Objects in the Sun" (3:20) impressive dynamics. I find myself reminded of Mike Oldfield's Incantations only on a much more sophisticated level. The song just keeps getting better as it goes! Amazing instrumental appearances. (9.5/10) II. "Moving Dots" (3:15) the andante of this symphony--with vocals, flutes, acoustic guitars and orchestral contributions all helping with the syncopated weave. Then, half way through, it shifts into a smooth, upbeat orchestral piece. Awesome! (9.5/10) III. "Water Circles" (4:31) a kind of rondo with guitars, violins, and flutes trading the melody with orchestral percussion and drums helping out along the way. Incredible song. We are not worthy! Would that Mike Oldfield ever climbed to such heights! (10/10) IV. "Time Squares" (3:10) the dénouement and climax. Perfect! (9.5/10)

2. "When the Time is Still" (4:18) Gorgeous arrangement. (9.5/10)

3. "Death of Mr. Winter" (1:05) quirky and angular--a perfect foil for the previous songs. A lot like a JACK O' THE CLOCK song. (9/10)

4. "Intertwined" (3:30) an awesome multiple acoustic guitar étude--not unlike a WILLIAM ACKERMAN song, only on high doses of cafeine. Andy Didorenko on full display. (9/10)

5. "Of Things and Beings" (0:51) another quirky odd JACK O' THE CLOCK-like song with a heavily treated multiple tracked vocal. (9/10)

6. "Watchbird" (6:08) a full out, Chris Squire chunky bass prog en force. Not my favorite song or style of Andy's but it does display his ability to write and perform at a very high YES-like level of rock dynamism. The violin adds a true EDDIE JOBSON/UK-ness to the song. (Great drumming, Mr. Shtirlitz!) (9/10)

7. "Simple as" I. "One" (2:13) pastoral, hand percussion with flute and acoustic guitars. Amazing flute(s) and guitar(s) weave. Gorgeous! (10/10) II. "Two" (1:41) The feast continues! A little more up tempo this time. Like a Michel Legrand/Jean-Pierre Rampal/Alexandre LaGoya composition. Amazing! (10/10) III. "Three" (1:46) the third of the trilogy steps into a more metronomic (though off tempo) medieval troubadour feel and sound. Again, the jazzy sound of Legrand/Rampal/LaGoya is strongly brought to mind. (9/10)

8. "The Structure of Madness" (4:05) a return to heavier, electrified rock--this time of a style more akin to bands like MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, ELP, BRUFORD, URIAH HEEP, even RUSH. Wonderful performances by all instruments-- especially drums, electric guitars, and bass. A definite masterpiece of progressive rock by a certifiable master of musical composition and performance.(10/10)

9. "On Thin Ice" (3:33) treads into the almost-'pop' style and sound of previous albums like 2009's Sound Source and 2013's Solar Power. By has this band/musician matured! (8.5/10)

10. "Downpour "(3:12) aggressive violin, guitars and bass open this song before the drums enter full throttle to drive this one to crescendoed highs (with notable valleys of meek dynamics). Impressive but not memorable or even very likable. (8/10)

This is by far and away the best album Lost World has released and one of the best albums I've heard from this year. (Oops! I guess it was a late 2016 release!) Excellent sound recording and production throughout (which was a weakness of past recordings). And despite Andy's virtuosity, his flute player and drummer are both on an equal level!

 Solar Power by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.91 | 64 ratings

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Solar Power
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars A talented group of musicians whose songs can be quite proggy and sophisticated but often tend toward simple and syrupy--especially when vocals are involved. For example, while the opening song, an instrumental entitled "The Voyage" (5:58) (9/10) remains polished and sophisticated--very much an eclectic- or fusion-type of prog song--very much like a FROM.UZ or KOTEBEL song--the second song, "Metamorphoses" (3:42) (7/10) revolves around a very simple (and strangely recorded/effected) vocal with some very simply constructed support music--until the ending instrumental jam. Also, there is something about the recording/engineering of Lost World Band's albums that seems to feel unpolished or home-made. For example--especially around the mix of the differently effected individual instruments. (I find myself especially bothered by the recording effects used for the vocals and the internally microphoned 'acoustic' guitars.) This could be a masterpiece of progressive rock music were it not for a few recording and qualitative inconsistencies. Granted, these may be entirely personal, but I'm wondering if others will find such poppy songs as "Facing The Rain" (3:56) (7/10), "Nothing" (3:13) (8/10) and "Your Name" (4:04) (6/10) a bit too cheezy and less than up to the standards of the other instrumental songs.

Favorite songs: the Fripp-sounding guitar and 70s RETURN TO FOREVER-sounding, "Detached" (3:42) (except for the 'acoustic' guitar) (9/10); the COPELAND-ish "At The Waterfront" (3:09) (9/10) with its excellent interplay between violin and piano; "The Voyage," and; "Swept Off" (4:35) (8/10).

A 3.5 star effort rated up for the excellent instrumental work--especially violin and keyboards.

 Solar Power by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.91 | 64 ratings

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Solar Power
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Russian constellation LOST WORLD BAND, previously known as Lost World, has been around in one form or another since 1990, making their official debut as recording artists back in 2003. A total of 4 studio albums and one live production have been released by this band as of the time of writing, and "Solar Power" from 2013 is their most recent one.

The fourth studio album by this fine Russian band is an impressive one too. Extremely hard to categorize, and featuring short, tight compositions sporting enough alterations, shifts and thematic developments to keep even the very attentive listener busy for quite some time just trying to follow events. Keeping track of them as well a task I'll just note down as challenging. Not that this is a chaotic album by any means, as all the songs flow nicely and logically through the myriads of changes, alterations and revisits of previously explored themes and arrangements. It's just that there's quite a lot going on here.

There's often a folk music sheen to the proceedings here. The violin used extensively throughout, with occasional flute details adding a certain emphasis to this aspect. Occasionally with the band more or less briefly taking on a sound that invites to namedropping Jethro Tull as a likely influence. Metamorphoses a nice example of just that, once the initial movement shifts. At other times there's more of a Floydian tinge to the proceedings, and King Crimson can probably be added to the stew of not unlikely influences. Gnarly dark toned guitar riff constructions dueling with violin is another aspect of this bands repertoire, and fans of jazzrock and fusion is thrown the occasional bone as well. All of this subtly flavored with electronic effects, and with build ups to more or less majestic symphonic escapades as a central, recurring feature in just about all the compositions.

It'll take plenty of listen throughs before this album sits in your mind, as there's quite a lot going on here. As I experience this disc I'd say that it will take something of an eclectic taste in music to be able to fully enjoy this one, and most likely a taste for music somewhat unconventional as well. But if you can subscribe to such descriptions, "Solar Power" is an album that should be a rewarding and enticing experience for you.

 In Concert by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Live, 2009
4.82 | 14 ratings

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In Concert
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars I was having a 'conversation' with Andy Didorenko one day, and I said that I had never heard their live album which was recorded in Moscow at the end of 2009. His response was that he was never entirely happy with it as it was hard for the four of them to reproduce the material on stage. There was a lot of instrument switching, arrangements had to be simplified and keyboards were utilised for bass. He finished by saying that he wished that they had an orchestra at their disposal like ELP had in '77, but if I really wanted to hear it then he would send me a copy. Well, if he is disappointed in this I really want to hear something that he is entirely happy with! Lost World Band are Vassili Soloviev (vocal, flute, guitar, keys), Andrii Didorenko (acoustic and electric guitar, violin), Konstantin Yudin (keys) and Veniamin Rozov (drums), and they push the boundaries between prog, jazz and classical so much so that the lines are completely blurred as they trample all over any sort of musical restraints.

When Andy is in full flight on violin then it is as if they are channelling KBB and turning them into something even more dramatic and powerful. "Samum" is a case in point, as while Andy often takes the lead, the reason that it works so well is due to the support with Vassili swapping between flute and guitar, Konstantin providing some incredibly deft pianowork and Veniamin driving it along ferociously from the back. But there are other songs when Vassili is very much the melodic lead and Andy provides support. The strength of these guys is their incredible musicality (remember these guys started off when Vassili and Andy met while undertaking classical studies at a conservatory), their knowledge of musical structure and arrangement, and their downright refusal to conform to any sort of preconceived ideas of what they should be doing.

This is what prog music should be about, musical dexterity and complexity while at the same time capturing the listener so that they have to stay right to the very end. Andy may not be completely happy with this album, but I am. If this doesn't deserve five stars then nothing does. www.lostworldband.com

 Solar Power by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.91 | 64 ratings

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Solar Power
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars I first came across these guys somewhere around the time of the release of their official debut album, and it is quite hard to realise that 'Trajectories' came out some ten years ago while the original three members Vassili Soloviev, Andy Didorenko and Aleksander Akimov met more than 20 years ago at a music conservatory in Moscow. Over the years there have been a few line-up changes and since 2009's 'Sources' they have become a trio with Andy Didorenko taking on even more responsibility (violins, guitars, bass, keyboard, vocal as well as providing all of the songs) while Vassili Soloviev is still there on flute with new member Konstantin Shtirlitz on drums. The biggest problem with this album is working out how best to describe it, as while I could list influences (King Crimson, Miles Davis, Kansas, After Crying, KBB plus many more) it just doesn't do justice to what is a wonderful collection of music.

There are times when the music is in perfect harmony, at others in imperfect dischord, yet at all times making perfect musical sense and daring the listener to sit down and concentrate on something that is a perfect meld of prog rock and jazz while being beholden to neither, and instead creates something that is quite different. The classical training and influences also come through at times, with a resulting mix and morass that is multi-layered and complex yet is also easy to work through. If one sometimes feels that a song or album is just like a snack, over way too quickly and being okay but not really filling, then take it from me that this is a feast. If you are musically adventurous and want something to get your teeth into then this is it. www.lostworldband.com

 Solar Power by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.91 | 64 ratings

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Solar Power
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by felonafan

4 stars This long-played studio album is the fourth one by LOST WORLD BAND. In general, the style of music is the same. It is the symphonic prog with leading violin which is the original mix between KING CRIMSON, AFTER CRYING, KANSAS, neoclassical music (especially Shostakovich), something similar to 'cinema music', and also the unclassifiable one. The professional level is very high, and the violin player is the virtuoso. The album can be listened to both in detail and as a background. Unlike two previous studio albums this one is not purely instrumental. The tracks with vocals are very good. The mellow voice excellently fits with the music. It is difficult to find the highlights here. I think that the best tracks are 'Metamorphoses' with excellent vocal melody and its follow-up title track ('Solar Power') with energetic themes and its development. The non-stopped 'combination' of these two tracks is very good. Perhaps, this album lacks 'catching' moments, the disc is too much 'uniform' and 'flat' unlike (the very first) 'Trajectories' album which was full of inspiration and the breath-taking beauty (I think that it is really the best album by LOST WORLD BAND). Sometimes this music can be described only as the 'background' one. Besides, possibly, some tracks are overloaded by 'prog clich' like tempo/measures changes and use of dissonances. In general, this album is very good addition to any prog rock music collection.

3.5/5

 Solar Power by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.91 | 64 ratings

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Solar Power
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by maryes

4 stars Believe in me or not, ten years passed after their first release and the Russian band LOST WORLD, remains at the top of crossover progressive-rock bands, and beside this... they continue evolving. At this time, which call me more attention have been a "narrowing" between the classical/world- music/progressive style of L W with a more heavy prog passages. But this more heavy-prog or hard- prog passages have moved for beyond the influences from bands like KANSAS, and this affirmation is easy to observe in some tracks, as for instance in the track 7 "Run That By Me Again" (starting 0:46 sec ) which presents a riff very similar with DEEP PURPLE'S "Space Truckin' " . Other significant new "increment" are the Fripp's guitar style that I could observe in track 4 "Detached" and track "Tongues of Flame I" but not a plagiarism, only a similarity. The disk is full of energetic moments blended with soft melodies, like track 2 "Metamorphoses" and track 6 "Facing the Rain". My rate is 4 stars with enthusiasm !!!
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