Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Ixion - Talisman (2006)

The second album from this Dutch band.

Or to be more precise; a project lead by Jankees Braam. He has got support from a wide variety of other musicians and the result is a kind of a Dutch neo prog supergroup. Or a super-project. The list of contributors is very long.

The result is a concept album and that much more in the symphonic prog genre than in the neo prog genre. It is a concept album about the talisman concept, going from 33 AD to this day and age. I have no idea what that means as I am not that much into the new age spiritual things. The result is a melodic album with plenty of keyboards, guitars, male and female vocals, bass and drums. There are some prog metal fused into the symphonic prog here. The sound is contemporary anno year 2006. Not the greatest vintage, but this album is a good album though.

There are some very good songs here and some substandard songs. The end result is an enjoyable one hour and ten minutes in the company of some good music. I have enjoyed the listening sessions here. My gripe is too much of that prog metal stuff and too little symphonic prog. I am in a minority here, I guess. Check out this album.

3 points

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