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Ancient Vision


Symphonic Prog

3.08 | 15 ratings

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3 stars Ancient Vision is a U.S. symphonic band that wears its British influence on its sleeve (at least on their debut album). This could be because of Tom May's love of Jethro Tull, the fact that Dave Pegg helped them to record "The Vision," or that the studio was in Bedford, England. Whatever the reason, the influence is all over this album. There are distinct medieval folk passages, and the singer has a bit of an accent.

There is a loose concept surrounding this effort, and there are recurring themes. The musicianship is first class, and the composition is strong and tidy. However, I can't help but feel there is something missing. The grandeur that the music aspires to never quite seems to fully blossom. The musical themes also get a bit repetitive at times. I don't want to seem too negative, because it's actually not bad at all. In fact, on a purely academic level, it's quite good. I just can't shake the sense of wanting more.

It is a pleasant listen, but I don't think there is a real need to actively seek this one out. I have a vested interest in symphonic (especially from the U.S.), so I am happy to have it. If you are simply curious, it's not a waste of time or money. Sorry, but I just can't generate any more enthusiasm than that.

H.T. Riekels

bhikkhu | 3/5 |


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