Sunday 21 March 2021

Flaming Row - The Pure Shine (2019)

The third album from this German band.

The band is a quartet with a lineup of drums, bass, guitars, mellotron, piano, organ, synths, saxophones and female vocals.

Numerous guest musicians has provided percussion, whistles, uillean pipes, flutes, mandolin, cello, viola, violins, guitars, bass, narrations and vocals.

This album is a concept album, a rock opera, based on Stephen King's The Dark Tower novel.

This is also their third album and I have not had the pleasure to listen to their first two albums. The tag progessive metal has scared me off. It was by pure chance and by finding out  that this was a rock opera that I decided to give this album some listen.

The music is very epic and the sound is very big indeed.

There is lots of female vocals and female + male vocal harmonies here. Some very good ones, too. There is also a lot of uillean pipes on some of the songs.

The music is not earth shattering heavy although some parts is clearly progressive metal. The metal bits here are actually good.

The album is well over an hour long. But the music and the long songs makes sense and this is a good album indeed. It is one of the better progressive metal album I have heard for a long time.

3 points

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