The guitars on this latest are letting the space to the keys, bass, and drums who are high in the mix. The album starts strongly in the first half with some impressive keyboards and bass lines, the band doesn't need many vocals that are actually very brief throughout. The second part of the album gets a little weaker, especially the song "D.
The things improve with the next track " Agata Lost in the Mirror Whale" where the guitar for the first time gets out of his shell to take the lead. The last song"Octopus" bring back the greatness of the first half with some complex keyboards lines. This another good release for this band. Those who enjoy 70's music will want to get their hand on this.
Remarkable is the revised version of "Outside Nowhere", compelling and engaging. Track n. The short song has a beautiful synth melody and the band uses an acoustic guitar and glockenspiel. Besides the great keyboard work the vintage sound is highlighted by the delicate use of the Moog Taurus bass pedals and the Rickenbacker bass.
I love the sound of that Rickenbacker bass and the combination with the Taurus bass pedals reminds me of the sound of bassist Gijs Koopman when he played in the Dutch sympho band Cliffhanger. This song is about the Cold War and the then feared Soviets. The last part includes a nice combination of Hammond organ and Mellotron. In this melancholic song guest player Antonio Marangolo plays a nice saxophone solo and in the last part of this song you can listen to the original recording of the last words of commander Komarov who cursed those who had sent him to die in deep space.
Those little details in the music strengthen the concept of the album. Track n. Track 6 and 7, respectively entitled "D.
Although Le Orme influence looms large over this piece of great spiritual and musical grace, this it is not a recreation of the past and the songwriting is absolutely brilliant On the whole, I really like this work. If you like modern progressive rock that's based on classic prog, you really have to check this album out!
The first suite, "Chapter One: Immersion", is divided into three parts and begins softly, with the narrative vocals in Greek and the mysterious atmosphere of "EvapZis".
The second part, "Immersion", begins by a dreamy acoustic guitar arpeggio and floating vocals to bid farewell to reality The one way journey to the unknown begins while colourful psychedelic images appear and melt during the long dive into the submarine kingdom of Poseidon On the third part, "Caronte's Ship Imponderability", the rhythm rises while frenzied keyboards waves and rough, nervous bass lines take you across the Styx to a kind of blue hell The second suite, "Chapter Two: Suspension", is divided into four parts and begins by the surreal calm of "Riding in Posidonian Fields" that depicts in music and lyrics the meeting with a strange creature.
A strummed acoustic guitar pattern reminds you that the ocean is like a desert with its life underground where you can find nameless seahorses and other creatures riding into the blue The second part is the instrumental "Entwinings" that conjures up the image of a mysterious dance into the deep and fades into "Suspension" where you can hear the echoes of a choir of submerged voices coming from a world that you can't reach.
Then you relax, you get lost in your dreams, among corals and fishes you become someone or something else in a kind of new Genesis The fourth part, "Octopus! The last suite, "Chapter Three: Oblivion", is divided into three parts and begins by the dark, nightmarish "Uncontrolled Dreams", where you risk to get trapped behind a series of doors corroded by time The rhythm is frenzied and the tension is higher and higher while you seem unable to climb out from the abyss Well, an altered state of consciousness is a condition which is significantly different from a normal waking beta wave state and the expression describes induced changes in one's mental state, almost always temporary But beware!
Sometimes there's no way out and the following part "No Return" marks a new awareness while you realize that you can't turn back and that it's too late to escape from the fog of your subconscious.
The mystical final part, "Farewell including Rebirth ", marks the beginning of a new journey towards the eternal mystery of the afterlife while your soul spreads beyond the infinite On the whole, an interesting concept and a very nice album, although I think that's a pity that the band did not exploit their mother language for the lyrics as in their previous works.
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