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Algabas: Angels and Demons

I think the description these guys provide on their PR release is very accurate: "the band is from the ancient Russian town Vladimir, and we play music which is Neo Progressive Rock with elements of Heavy Prog and Russian traditional music." The neoprog influence is clearly evidence on all the compositions, each of which runs in the 5-6 minute range. I can hear strands of IQ, Twelfth Night and Pendragon, coupled with a higher level of guitar virtuosity leaning toward a more prog metal style of music. Every now and again a more clearly traditional prog element emerges; for example, the bass playing on "The Chimney House" is clearly based on Chris Squires and Yes, and the drumming on "Secrets of the Sky" contains the highly technical accuracy of a Neil Peart. If I have any concern, and it's minor, it is that the songs tend to be of a similar style; they are similar in construction and engineering, and I feel a bit more varied approach would suit the band better. I also note that I cannot understand the lyrics, as they are in Russian, but this adds a bit of an exotic element to the songs. But this was certainly enjoyable, and with time these musicians will build a stronger and more varied base of music.

Track Listings

  1. Angels and Demons
  2. Galilei
  3. The White House
  4. Walking Around Jerusalem
  5. Secrets of the Sky
  6. The War
  7. Madness Formula
  8. The Chimney House
  9. Express Train

Added: December 3rd 2013
Reviewer: Dana Lawrence
Related Link: Band @ Bandcamp
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Language: english

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