Sunday, 30 November 2014

Pageant - Abysmal Masquerade (1987)

The second album from this Japanese band. 

Japan has their own take on symphonic prog. That means thin female vocals, lots of keyboards, some guitars, bass and drums. In this case, lots of flutes too. 

The music is pretty pedestrian with female Japanese vocals. Vocals in their native tongue is great and I really like that. The rest of the music is following in the English symphonic tradition. Lots of Camel and Renaissance references. Lots of Genesis references too. The music is not particular complex although there is some classical music references.

The end result is a good album which neither angers or enthuses me. I may check out their two other albums too on the basis of this album.

3 points 

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