Wednesday 7 August 2019

Novela - Paradise Lost (1981)

The third album from this Japanese band.

The band was a quintet with a lineup of bass, drums, guitars, keyboards and vocals.

I was not particular impressed by their first two albums. The sound and music was too much heavy metal for my liking.

So I hoped this album would prove why this band is regarded as legends in the Japanese symphonic prog scene.

I still wonder why they have got this status after many listening sessions spent with this album.

The album starts with some punkish heavy metal pieces with shrieking vocals which does not make any sense.

The album then meander slowly towards some sort of symphonic prog on the three stages suite Requiem. There is a lot of vocals and vocals harmonies here and some bad guitars. This suite is saved by the keyboards. A pretty OK sort of a suite with the best melody of this album.

The album runs out after some more vocals and not so good melodies after forty-seven minutes.

This is a decent enough album. But just that. I am not won over by any means and will give the band a final chance on their follow up album.

2 points

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