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Symphonic Slam


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3.72 | 46 ratings

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3 stars Coming back to this a few times in the last 20 years has been like meeting up with the old college friend. Part of me wishes we would have kept in regular touch, marveling as forgotten or unnoticed character traits become apparent, yet also realizing how much was not special and why we lost touch in the first place.

Contrary to what you might read, there isn't a whole lot that is terribly distinctive about the guitar synthesizer, and if I am hearing it correctly, the sound is basically like a processed electric guitar. Timo Laine does a decent job on vocals, and some of the majestic tracks, like "Universe", "Time Runs Short" and "Let it Grow" really befit the moniker of "Symphonic Slam", with a helping of space thrown in. In the meantime,"Summer Rain" omits the slam and sound delightful in the process, and most of the rest of the material is utterly the antithesis of symphonic. A little too much eclecticism for its own good, in the end Symphonic Slam exposes some decidedly middle of the road rock roots, which makes tracks like "Modane Train" pretty much interest-free.

I don't know if you can be considered a pioneer if you adopt something that few follow and, although this album is no slam dunk, it contains some pretty elegant material and is worth looking into if the price and availability coincide. 2.5 stars.

kenethlevine | 3/5 |


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