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  • Audio CD (October 17, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nordic Notes
  • ASIN: B000BPLPGW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Somewhat heavier in overall structure than its predecessor without quite as much ethnic instrumentation, "Balansia" is nevertheless a versatile successor to "Symbiosis", with a sense of dynamic tension building through each track until it reaches a state of sustained melodic explosiveness, approaching the near-mantric intensity that was so characteristic of "Symbiosis", though never quite eclipsing it. For instance, marimba and trumpet are seamlessly integrated here ("Modus Operandi Hermetik")to serve as a counterpoint to that frenzied, explosive build-up, and there is a jazzier vibe to "Balansia", though a decidedly mutated one. And with the exception of 'Tarapita", the tracks don't tend to build in a sprawling manner , as "Terra Hidria" or "Pangaia II" did on "Symbiosis", or accretively,as "Nasho Universo", "Jahwarp", and "Kaikados" did. Something definitely more aggressive is happening here, though it slipstreams through the cyclical motifs familiar to anyone who has listened to "Symbiosis". If anything, the percussive aspect has been beefed up, with the heavily pulsating bassline and frenetic drumming brought more to the forefront on tracks such as "Kokkola", 'Astroban" and "Pako Origeneaux". The guitar work is transfixing, riveting and complex in many passages, though perhaps not as universally so as on "Symbiosis". To tell the truth, the only thing I missed were some of the savage/spectral flute lines that graced the previous release..and perhaps just a bit of a slower tempo on occasion. I'm still giving this a "recommended", and for crying out loud, these guys might get lumped in with Ozric Tentacles, but have so much more going on than that, with their own distinctive stamp.
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