Wednesday 18 April 2018
Samurai Of Prog. The - Lost And Found (2016)
The fourth album from this Finnish - US band.
The Samurai Of Prog is a trio with a lineup of violin, flute, bass, drums, percussion and vocals. Steve Unruh, Marco Bernard and Kimmo Porsti is the trio.
They got help from numerous guest musicians who provides keyboards, guitars, narration, electronic bagpipes, saxophones, piano and vocals. Both male and female vocals.
I reviewed their third album, the 2014 opus The Imperial Hotel back in May 2015 for # 1 of this blog and you can read the review here.
The Samurai Of Prog gives us almost two hours of retro progressive rock with the sounds of the 1970s. All their material is original material. But it is easy to spot which bands they are mimicking now and then throughout this album.
The music is indeed symphonic prog with some eclectic influences. Those goes from Genesis, Gentle Giant, Yes, ELP and to King Crimson and Kansas.
It almost feels like their albums are tribute albums...... and that is probably how the music has been written and recorded too. And I find absolute nothing wrong in this.
This album comes as two CDs where the first half features some rather shorter tracks around the ten to twenty minutes mark.
The final half, the second CD is one long track.
The quality is really very good here and the sound is a joy to behold. This is indeed a very good album and one to check out.