Thursday 29 October 2020

White Willow - Ex Tenebris (1998)

The second album from this Norwegian band.

The band was a quintet with a lineup of drums, percussion, bass, guitars, theremin, organ, piano, synths, mellotron, keyboards and vocals.

Three guest musicians provided flute, spoken words and vocals.

The band returned again with the follow up to the very promising debut album. 

White Willow is some sort of a symphonic prog band. But it is not symphonic prog as we knows it.

The band goes their own ways and that means some rather strange music.

I would label this album as a naked symphonic prog album. It is really sparse on instruments and the vocals is playing an important part here. Ditto for the mellotron who really adds a great deal of flavours and quality to this album.

The opening song Leaving The House Of Thanatos sets the scene and the tone here with it's really melancholic music. And the rest of the album is rather melancholic and naked too. 

The songs are good throughout. The quality could had been better though. But there is nothing wrong with the sound and the concept on this album. Better songs, and we may have had a minor classic on our hands here.

3 points 

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