Thursday, 9 January 2014

Three Monks - The Legend Of The Holy Circle (2013)

The second album from this Italian church/pipe organ project.

Their 2010 debut album Neogothic Progressive Toccatas was a sensational debut and a genre in it's own right. Take a pipe organ, add some drums and bass and you get this genre. We are talking more neo classical music than progressive rock. Neogothic Progressive Toccatas also had some stunning tracks which I suspect had been long in making. An absolute essential album for those into symphonic prog.

The Legend Of The Holy Circle is still in the same vein as the debut album. It is not as bombastic though. The aural bombs and grenades has been stored away and replaced with a slightly less bombastic sound. That was my disappointment when I put on this album for the first time. I was looking forward to some aural bombs and grenades.

Paolo Lazzeri has gone for a much more pastoral sound this time. One of the tracks has an almost Chinese classical music feel. On other tracks, he goes a bit more down the bombastic aural assault path. The music here is by no means soft or ambient. This is still a pretty bombastic album which will give most people a lot of joy.

This album does not have those "hits" the debut album had too. The melodies here is much more subtle and deeper to a great deal. We still get almost an hour with neo-classical pipe organ music here though. It is still the type of music I have not heard anyone else do. Three Monks is a genre in themselves and this is a very good album, bordering to a great album.

3.5 points

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