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FROM THE NEW WORLD

Pell Mell

 

Symphonic Prog

3.08 | 43 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
Prog Reviewer
3 stars Starting their musical career with a very good heavy prog debut album, Pell Mell released a pure symphonic one with From The New World.

The alchemy on this album holds its essence in the adaptation of classical themes into symphonic rock. And to be honest, it works pretty well. Mostly instrumental, there are some great violin solo which are really worth. Vocals are nothing from the other world, but since the album is mostly instrumental, let's not argue too much about this.

The music you will discover is seriously ELP oriented. Orgies of keyboards are frequent and top all other parts mainly. They convey a great bombastic feeling and this sort of albums are a fine complement to the work of the trio. Still, this is not plagiary since additional instruments like flute and violin (not to mention guitar) are completing the line up and add a very personal taste to the music proposed.

Thomas Schmidt is just fabulous in his solo during the opening number From The New World. A gorgeous piece of violin, really. This track is a highlight.

Although I have never been into classical music, I must say that this album is fairly good. It's a fine and modern way to discover some composers. The pumping organ during Toccata is another catchy part of this album.

IMHHO, the second part of this work is not on par with From The New World and Tocatta. Maybe too close to classic during Suite 1 and too loose during Suite 2, although the latter features a beautiful (but short) flute passage). It is also much more psychedelic oriented and the guitar paly during the finale is quite expressive.

In all, this is a good album which deserves the three stars easily.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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