Label: The Lasers Edge - LE 1027 • Format: CD Album Digipak • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock
Review by ZowieZiggy Prog Reviewer. So; what has changed between then 96 and "now" ? The music is still passionate and eclectic: Grobos Formas Para Mañana - Somnambulist - Somnambulist combines fantastic interplay, some mellotron lines and a superb musicianship.
I am less positive about the growling that be heard here and there. The phantom of "Yes" and "ELP" can be felt during the excellent "Pathos of Least Resistance" but what comes next is only a pale repetition. Of course the musicians are skilled but this is The Force - Maze Of Torment - The Force nothing but normal while you are a professional band ; but in comparison with their debut, the band sounds out of steam.
This means almost pastiche with the last track I have mentioned. Five years to achieve this album is quite long and shows that there was with no doubt a creative problem within the Grobos Formas Para Mañana - Somnambulist - Somnambulist. At least, this is how I Kill You - Jhonatan Roy - Sound Electronic interpret this release. There is some good stuff available but no more: very little innovation nor confirmation of their very good debut on this "Paranormal Humidor".
Three stars. As some reviewers have already outlined, this is a serious Crimson affair, with early "Ange" parameters as far as the instrumental parts are concerned of course. Because the vocal department which is rather scarce has nothing to do with the latter great band I have mentioned, unfortunately. So, let's focus on the instrumental sections? They are powerful but not heavy, they are dark but not too obscure.
The music is intricate but not damned; complex but not inaccessible. In one word or two: quite good. Fine and delicate mellotron, sweet guitar breaks, gorgeous bass play and finally, to top the whole story: the guitar work is just splendid. This is the most achieved track from this album, and also my fave.
It is great music by all means. The vocal department is not top notch "Prometheus' Lament" but the last section is a wonderful mix between "Genesis" and "Van Der Graaf". I would say that the whole album is quite challenging Catching Up With Electricity - Autism - Neverberator it is worth your attention.
I would rate this effort with four stars even if the closing and longest track is not the best one available. Review by Mellotron Storm Prog Reviewer. Then we get this sample of a preacher letting his audience have it.
Then these crashing sounds come in followed by a fairly heavy soundscape of music. Drums lead the way and Cornell is screaming in the background. Real vocals after 2 minutes. The previous melody returns with drums leading the way. Guitar and mellotron end it. Great opener! Huge bass early as organ then guitar come in.
Great sound. Vocals and mellotron follow. A calm after 2 minutes. It kicks back in with some ripping guitar, chunky bass follows. Love the mellotron, guitar and bass 6 minutes in.
Some great organ work in this one as well. Excellent tune. A mellotron storm early but it's still heavy. Sinister organ as drums pound. Killer track. Mellotron after a minute. Passionate vocals later. It calms down with lots of atmosphere to end it. Drums pound away as we get some good organ runs and deep bass. A guitar solo after 3 minutes. This one is dark and heavy. More powerful organ runs 7 minutes in.
Mellotron a minute later as it settles down with processed vocals. It kicks back in with some huge bass and a dark mood. Nice drum work as well. These guys offer up a feast of different sounds and moods that keeps me coming back for more.
Fantastic album. Easily 4 stars. Somnambulist is at the same time a very modern sounding band and a very traditional seventies inspired prog Grobos Formas Para Mañana - Somnambulist - Somnambulist band. There are lots of seventies keyboard sounds on Paranormal Humidor while other parts of the music sounds more modern for example the vocals which tends to have a comtemporary approach. But while Cathedral generally sounds a bit more grounded in the seventies Somnambulist is a much more modern band.
The album starts with a blast. Samples of a real tv- Grobos Formas Para Mañana - Somnambulist - Somnambulist Maybe Jimmy Swaggert? The sample ends with the preacher asking: Are you afraid to Die?
Are You afraid to Die? Which leads directly into the first song In the Mindwarp Pavillion. Pathos of Least Resistance is also a great song. Note the Genesis like keyboard part in the middle of the song. Maybe a bit too much of a ripp-off but beautiful never the less. Infant is just a small instrumental while the two long tracks Troy Built Helen and Paranormal Humidor are among the highlights of the album. The production is a very modern prog rock production.
Paranormal Humidor is an excellent modern prog rock album. The vocals which are pretty sparse on this album are very great when they appear. Henry Bones has a very diverse vocal style which ranges from aggressive to Ya Dla Rumba Dans LAir - Vincent Delerm - A La Cigale. With such strong vocals you should think that you Grobos Formas Para Mañana - Somnambulist - Somnambulist miss them as most of this album is instrumental, but when they appear they help the songs evolve to a higher state.
This is great prog rock. Metropolitan Culture - Melmono - One music is very intricate but at times very simple.
There are many different parts in most songs and the songs are not normally structured which is something I favour. Some of the instrumental parts are very exciting too. I especially like the strange guitar solo in Pinocchio.
But other than that this is not an album with very many solos on. All in all this was a nice surprise to me and I will give this one 4 stars for the innovative nature and dark mood. The second effort by Somnambulist "Paranormal Humidor" has demonstrated their steadfast progress in their music direction.
Enjoying this album is very entertaining for me because I can have a mix feelings being in modern world but a bit of trip to the past through the sounds of organ and mellotron in the vein of sometimes like King Crimson, sometimes Van der Graff Generator, with some nuance of ELP. Well, actually I can say that Somnambulist has their own music identity which is quite hard to find similarities with other legendary or modern bands.
But for sure I like with Grobos Formas Para Mañana - Somnambulist - Somnambulist facts that their music is tightly composed, complex, and unpredictable with relatively no catchy melody. That's not the case with enjoying the music of Somnambulist. You will find how the band brings your mind somewhere with their compositions.
Typically, you will find their music has relatively high density but it's quite enjoyable. It's definitely not the kind of music that you can sing along easily like Genesis' "Afterglow" or King Crimson' "Epitaph" as most of the songs featured in this album have practically no catchy melody. The opening track "In the Mindwarp Pavillion" gives you movie theater nuance with some narrative at the opening part followed with complex music that flows like a combination of Van der Graff, England and King Crimson music.
This song When Johnny Comes Marching Home - The Tony Chris Trio - Penetrating At Clear Falls excellent keyboard solo in the middle. It's really a good intro part, especially with the keyboard sounds at the background.
The music moves faster in tempo and in more complex arrangements. Overall, this is a truly excellent addition to any progressive music. You must enjoy this album with an open mind to get the full subtleties of the music. Yeah, it's really a progressive music. Keep on proggin'.! Review by erik neuteboom Prog Reviewer. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.
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