Thursday 31 December 2020

Karfagen - Birds of Passage (2020)

The eleventh album from this band from Ukraina.

Karfagen is one of Antony Kalugin's bands and perhaps his main band. He did the percussion, programming, keyboards and vocals here.

He had help from nine other musicians who provided guitars, bassoon, flute, violin, bass, drums, percussion and vocals here.

This is Karfagen's first of second albums this year and his third album as he also released a solo album I will come back to later this winter together with the second of the year Kalugin album.

I guess Antony became restless and bored during the Covid 19 lock-down. A lock-down denying him the chance to tour and travel around. 

So, he got hot holed up in his home studio, then.... Well, that is what I believe and Antony may disagree with me. 

There is no denying that he is one of the best, among the four-five best progressive rock artists these day. And I mean world wide. 

Birds Of Passage is a lush symphonic prog album with some influences from both progressive metal and classical music. 

It has two pieces of music, two suites called Birds Of Passage # 1 and Birds Of Passage # 2. Both are around the twenty-two minutes mark and the album clocks in at forty-four minutes.

There is a lot of details on this album but no real killer tracks or outstanding pieces of music. That is a bit frustrating with some of the Kalugin albums. Nevertheless, there is no doubts that this this band is a great symphonic prog band.

This is indeed a good album and well worth checking out.

3 points





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