Sunday 1 October 2017

Blank Manuscript - The Waiting Soldier (2015)

The second album from this Austrian band.

Blank Manuscript is a twelve members big band with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, french horn, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, flutes, keyboards and various styles of vocals.

I believe the core of the band is just a trio though and the nine other members are guest musicians on this album.

I did a review of their 2008 debut album Tales From An Island back in January 2011 for ProgArchives. You can read the review here.

The music on The Waiting Soldier is pretty complex and expansive. Nothing has been spared and nothing has been left behind in able to create this album.

Which means an album with the basis in basic symphonic progressive rock. From that platform, the music has gone of in as different directions as opera, vaudeville, psychedelia, avant-garde and fusion. The sound is the 1970s symphonic prog sound. There are some Pink Floyd, Ange, Eloy and krautrock references here.

This forty minutes long album is complex and can be labelled as an opera rock album.

The result is good throughout without really impressing me. I have spent a lot of time with this album and I have yet to find a piece of great music here. Nevertheless, this is a good album and well worth checking out.

3 points

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