Thursday, 17 July 2014

Halloween - Merlin (1994)

The third album from this French band.

Halloween was a band in the French symphonic prog genre who altogether released four studio albums with a various degree of quality. That also goes for their first two albums.

On Merlin, the band goes total concept album and has used Merlin as the concept this time. A concept many others has used too. In Halloween's case, this album is wholly orchestral with a symphony orchestra and some sporadic female vocals, electric guitars, bass and drums. The main music here is neo-classical and more like a rock opera without much rock.

The end result is an almost goth like dark symphony where there is not much light and warmth. I feel this has more in common with classical music than progressive rock. I don't find much quality here either. There is some good stuff here throughout this one hour long album. Most of it is pretty overblown and decent though. Hence my verdict.

2.5 points

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