Reviewed by MJBrady on 15 Oct 2002
Is it chamber orchestra? Or is it progressive rock? Perhaps it is both, deeper listens have proven that After Crying is both, especially so on this recording, what an amazing feat it must be to have written such challenging music for a small orchestra. Yet that remains the attraction to this bands music.
Almost Pure Instrumental leaves me with the impression that After Crying could quite easily be composing scores and soundtracks, this music is so ambitiously written, I am left with a feeling of awe, the 'band' is essentially a small orchestra, and the conventional progrock band, fit together as an ensemble, the music is highly dramatic, symphonic, and as I mentioned before, very ambitiously and meticulously composed. There is such a huge sound to this music, it goes far and beyond any conventional prog, or symphony musics.
Very few artists in progressive music would attempt composing music on such a grand scale, as every instrument is used to compliment the others, the writing becomes the focus here, not anyone performer, so credit must be given to the minds that conceived such a feat in progressive music.
This is music created by serious musicians, and serious listeners should lend an ear to what they are able to create, surpassing any typecasts of the more popular styles of prog, one should understand that the use of traditionally classical instruments plays a large role in the overall sound of After Crying, so an affinity for true classical music should be a prerequisite before one experiences the music of this band. To put it in simpler terms, this music does not always rock! But that doesn't mean it cannot attract fans of the most symphonic, and complexly arranged classically inspired prog, if you have enjoyed some of the better efforts of artists like: Isildurs Bane, Zappa(Orchestral), Miriodir(After Crying is without the RIO influence). My use of these bands as a reference are only for their affiliations with orchestra, not so much for style of compositions, in that regard Isildur's Bane comes the closest.