Ends” – The last album by BLIND ALLEY still has a firm hold on my
CD-player every now and then and now they’re back, these lightly
is still characterized by atmospherical melody lines in the vein of
CITA or GUILD OF AGES with the aforementioned progressive parts.
Overall, the album has a pretty good A.O.R. feel to it, hence the
categorization as symphonic A.O.R.
thing, or should I say the TWO things that I don’t like here, are:
production job is just too amateurish – I’m thinking of the mixing
in particular. Guitars and drums seem to be fatally under-produced
while vocals and keys have the “right sound”.
incorporation of Phrygian-styled chord progressions, leading the
sound towards more exotic coasts really doesn’t fit their sound if
you ask me. These chord progressions are often used in Thrash and
hardcore Prog. And although not being evident all the time these
progressions are, however, present in the sound.
bright side of things, I really do love the immediacy of i.e. “Fire
& Ice” which is so typical A.O.R. sounding, I’d just wish BLIND
ALLEY would stick to one way of executing their sound.
this album is top-notch if you’re dedicated to that Swedish way of
playing, but hardly an album that’ll win the race for “album of the