This is an album mostly created on a computer, and the result is weaker than expected. Kudos to Bruno and Luis from Portugal, the two members of Flammärion for openly admitting their use of computer programming instead of natural instruments. However, I am afraid it cannot stand out compared to recent releases.
Most songs outstay their welcome here: There are four over 8 minutes while the whole album lasts 75 minutes. A 10 minute Prog Epic just doesn’t sound right without naturally played instruments. There is a tribute song to Camel here, again cold and unattractive – miles away from Camel’s romantic music and Andrew Latimer’s warm guitar playing.
As for the instruments, there are some good moments of acoustic guitar, but the electric guitar sounds extremely poor at places. Both lead and backing vocals could be improved, and the digital drums are weak and off-putting. Finally, most keyboards sound programmed – i.e. cold and unimaginative. The tinny production prevents the listener from appreciating any interesting part that will occasionally appear. A pity, if one considers that Portugal is a country with such a rich musical tradition.
I would like to consider Ignition as a demo of Bruno and Luis’s music and computer skills and not as a full album, presented for review. If Flammärion want to improve their next attempt, I suggest inviting an experienced producer to work with them, take advantage of their strong points and bring out their best potential. Until then, there is nothing interesting here for the prog fan.