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(22:29, ‘Blank Manuskript’)
The Austrian band BLANK MANUSKRIPT was formed in 2008, and released their debut album later the same year. Since then they've mainly contributed single tracks to a handful of project albums released through the French label Musea Records. "A Profound Path" is their second standalone release, and this EP was self released in 2013. The name of the game for the three tracks on this disc is retro-oriented symphonic progressive rock in the 70's style. Vintage keyboards dominate the arrangements, in a majestic manner with floating keyboard textures, organ and guitar soloing that should please fans of late 70's Eloy, in calmer excursions sporting gentle guitars and ethereal keyboards in a manner closer to the likes of Camel, and with a subtly darker, brooding yet compact and melodic display closer to late 70's Pink Floyd. With some jazz-tinged sequences thrown in for good measure, as well as sax, flute and brass details. Well made, well executed, and a nice little musical lunch buffet for fans of 70's symphonic progressive rock in general and those who enjoy the exploits of the bands mentioned previously in particular.
Olav M Bjornsen: December 16, 2013
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