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Pell Mell


Symphonic Prog

3.08 | 43 ratings

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4 stars 01. From The New World

And that initial bang! A bit of everything together by a single motto: A long song of almost apocalyptic proportions. And as the violin makes a big difference in the sound of a band, Thomas Schmitt knew it. There are even italian quotes. Solo themes side by side for violin and keyboard. When the calm comes into play is the turn of the voice into action, intense and very beautiful, with a guitar base, beautiful keyboards and backing vocals. And the 'Italian' theme comes back to the scene. Shortly after 5 minutes the bass from Jorg Götzfried comes in and then the band builds a wonderful phrasing, full of vocal folds and a great riff-based. 7 minutes (a little more) and the violin face the melody by itself, quite a band! Normally german bands play Krautrock sounds but that's not the case here, the band faces all with good melodies and a full keyboard work. After 10 minutes an insane violin solo comes in turning everything into a huge party full of strange things and madness and after a brief pause the violin returns, but this time more classical than ever, Vivaldi's influence, Thomas is insanely good at the violin, a virtuoso monster. Even 12 minutes and a half is just full of it (lucky us). The drummer Bruno Kniesmeijer do not have to beg and have to do the drums for the final theme, shortly after the gang ends with the central melody and again give us a show.

02. Toccata

Who does not know this tune? The band shows all his classical side here in this tune. They come in perfect communion, especially among bass, drums and the wonderful keyboards. After the half of the song (especially with the bass line and drums) they reminded me a lot EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER. The final as it was expected is huge.

03. Suite I

Again the classical vein is shown in high-performance, but after an excellent instrumental melody that is sung very much influenced by Italian Progressive, and when I say it is very much the same, which is great because we all know the qualities of the Italian Progressive. This first part has varied vocal and instrumental vocalizations and it's very well built, a superb bass line and once again the magnificent violin. And again at the end of the vocal theme 'Italians' return to the surface. Fantastic this theme, until the very end reminded me of PINK FLOYD.

04. Suite II

For the first time a guitar appears on the record (no credit I can give because I have no idea who plays it) and its an excellent guitar line. The vocals are interspersed with the solos and are now in full chorus, sometimes a single voice sharp and scandalous (laughs). At 2 and a half minutes the band shows a completely different face, through hard rock, THE BEATLES (the piano), a melody more 'normal' if it isn't for the vocal. There by 5 minutes one more change, this time led by the funny piano melody. Heck, as this band is full of surprises, to 7 minutes a broken time bitch kicks in with a guitar that reminded me a little bit of YEZDA URFA. But the vocals are still funny (laughs), and killer is the guitar. In a mad free-rock the band is intertwined in the solo and will continue until the end.

1973 The Year Of The Progressive Rock, definitely!

ProgShine | 4/5 |


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