Reviewed by MJBrady on 15 Oct 2002
I am not sure if any progressive rock bands have put as nearly much work into their music as this band. The idea of creating complex orchestral maneuvers, accompanied by conventional rock instrumentation is not a new thing in prog, many band have had orchestral accompaniment, but few bands have a mini orchestra as band members!
So it is with this band, they create music that is incredibly ambitious, and highly original, full of dramatic movements, and injected with enough contemporary progrock flavors to justify it's place in the prog realm. After Crying is one of the few bands that needs to be listened to to really discover, reviews do little to justify what the band has concocted here.
So these words I write are a futile attempt to depict the music that is After Crying. Compostionally the band has more to do with some of the great symphonic composers than any progressive rock icons, there is no doubt that these musicians spent many an hour at conservatory honing their musical skills and theoretical knowledge, only to be influenced by the modern cultural musical trends, ultimatly combining the varietal influences into this ingenious music.
De Profundis may well be one of the bands earlier efforts, but musicians with this much talent do not go through growing pains, as many other bands do, they were well prepared for the challenges that are defined in the bands music.
The band will not appeal to everyone, particularly if you are not inclined towards classical music in general, if in fact you do enjoy the more innovative classical musics, and like the tones of the traditional orchestral instruments, mixed with contemporary electric band instruments, than you must hear this, as I stated earlier in this review, a LOT of time and effort was involved in this work of art, and is nothing short of amazing.