Saturday 24 March 2018

Providence - There Once Was A Night Of Choko Muro The Paradise (1996)

The second and final album from this Japanese band.

Providence was a quintet with a lineup of keyboards, drums, bass, guitars and Japanese vocals.

I really liked their 1989 debut album and rated it pretty highly here. A good, albeit an unusual album.

Seven years later and the band returned again with a very long album title and a pretty ambitious album too. The music is very ambitious here.

The cover art-work has a stoner/space rock feel. Even a metal feel. But this type of music is nowhere to be found on this album.

What we get is neo-prog. Neo-prog with some classic rock anno 1975 and a lot of Japanese symphonic prog inspirations.

The keyboards provides a great organ feel. A Hammond organ feel. The guitars are pretty melodic and flowery in the style. Ditto for the vocals in their native Japanese language. The music is both exotic and familiar sounding. The sound is great.

This fifty-three minutes has some good music and is really captivating. I am hooked and captivated by this very good album. Please give us more bands and albums like this, Japan.

3.5 points


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