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    The Windmill

    'To Be Continued' is the debut album by Norwegian band THE WINDMILL. It has been two years since I've heard their demo material and I for one have been looking forward to this CD. Influences from IQ, Pallas, Arena, Pink Floyd, Pendragon, Salmon, Alan Parsons Project, Camel, Jethro Tull are clearly present. You should trust this enumeration as in it is true and on obvious parts of music from above-mentioned acts can be found. The opening track 'Cinnamon' suggests from its intro that this album may be a trip into high-quality neo-prog style. And The Windmill does it so well that the best thing to do is to sit back and indulge yourself...
    A bit IQ-ish, but these guys do it justice. Lovely keyboard sounds and great guitar playing. 'The Colour Of Seasons' is a bit more different in its construction. A cross between Pink Floyd and Uriah Heep's keyboards. But the music is great presented up with an epic-number 'A Day In A Hero's Life' (21:43) - where all sections flow effortlessly... Another instrumental composition ('The Eagle') is split into some parts run together successfully identified by the change in instrumentation. 'Don't Be Afraid' sound like a mixture of Jethro Tull, Alan Parsons Project and Led Zeppelin...
    The album ends on the Camelesque instrumental title-track with a superb characteristic.

    http://home.online.no/~erborgen/News.html

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    Another interesting piece Prog Head. You obviously feel passionate on this subject Keep them coming please

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    ‘The Continuation’ is the second CD from THE WINDMILL. The band succeeds in creating a sound of their own even though there’re some similarities; fortunately only on the surface level. The first influence is Camel and the very beginning of the album makes that clear. It develops into a hypnotic groove bearing fine resemblances to Jethro Tull, Genesis and Pink Floyd. A few sumptuous neo-progressive components float around. The whole album comprises over 53 min, giving time and scope for thematic developments from beautiful piano and flute embellishment to pulsing synthesizer work intertwined by subtle yet powerful guitars. Throughout, the good production allows every element to have enough space to be heard. The lush orchestration is full of contrasts and variety. A chief protagonist Jean Robert Viita succeeds to draw attention by swirly keyboards. There’s superb guitar performance from Erik Borgen and Stig Andre Clason, who are sparring off each other in-between different parts of the material. Worthy of note is drummer Sam Arne Noland. He underscores each piece with beats, while Arnfinn Isaksen does a vibrant job on the bass. A mention should also go to Morten Clason (saxophone, flute, singing). Top notch musicianship, great instrumental tones and distinctive vocal performances. If you appreciate a fairy standard progressive rock, then you can find much to enjoy by joining The Windmill’s musical voyage... Not to forget the artwork, which is really special – Kirsten K. Viita has done an excellent booklet with images that fit the music inside very well.

    http://www.thewindmill.no/The_Windmill/Home.html

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    Another point of view.

    http://www.grande-rock.com/reviews/w...-_continuation

    9 out of 10.

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