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SKYLGE'S LAIR

Leap Day

 

Neo-Prog

3.58 | 65 ratings

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GuntherW
4 stars Recently I discovered this band from Holland. Their latest effort (From The Days Of Deucalion, Chapter 1) made a big impression on me so I decided to dig into their back catalogue.

Skylge's Lair is another beautiful album! The first thing that I really like are once again the gorgeous melodies that are to be found on this record. Somehow they manage to compose songs that keep on lingering in your head all day long. But if you take a look beyond those melodies you will discover very complex and well crafted compositions. It is an almost hidden quality of the band because the melodies in itself are just so obvious. I think the neo-prog label isn't suitable for this band. Leap Day is more a symphonic prog band although I have to admit there are some neo elements present. The song 'Walls' is a good example for this. The structure and the use of instruments clearly show that we're dealing with a symphonic rock band here. The song itself is a real masterpiece! Other highlights are 'Home At Last', 'Time Passing By' and the title track 'Skylge's Lair'. The last mentioned song is an instrumental track that really stands out! It has everything you want to be present in an instrumental song: a great theme, variation and superb solo's of both guitar and keys. There are no weak tracks on this album. Only the hidden track at the end could have been left out as far as I'm concerned. I don't like hidden tracks and this one has nothing to offer. It's more of a musical joke actually.

This album is another gem from the Dutch proggers Leap Day. Highly recommended to all sympho lovers in the field. 4 1/2 stars!

GuntherW | 4/5 |

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