Friday, July 13, 2012

XANADU: "The Last Sunrise"

Rating: R
Label: ProgRock Rec. 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Xanadu - not to be confused with the sappy film score tune sang by Olivia Newton John (and written by ELO's Jeff?) nor the legendary fantasy place of long gone days. Appearantly a continuation of the "old Xanadu" from the 1990's though as drummer (Hubert Murawski) binds the two bands. It's not like we knew about their old band for that matter. However, it's progski from Poland and these guys feel the need to play ambitious music with a hint of melancholy, yet with some rock inside?

There's a pattern of atmospheric, dark, moody, prog-metal, to be found within these seven tracks. Despite kicking off on the right foot with some fairly decent prog (Piece Of Mind), things gets quickly dull and dare I say boring? The vocalist is far from impressive and their heavy riffing reeks of Machine Head rather than Pink Floyd. The lack of proper melodies are however their weakest link. Final verdict: Good musicians, weak material.

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