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SERPENTS IN CAMOUFLAGE

Citizen Cain

 

Symphonic Prog

3.44 | 82 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is a really special record. I know people knock these guys for sounding too much like GENESIS, but I love this stuff. These "guys" are from Scotland and their singer Cyrus sounds very much like Peter Gabriel.This is their first album from 1993. Six songs in 60 minutes.

"Stab In The Back" opens with a great sound as the melody builds until the vocals come in.There is an atmospheric interlude after 4 minutes as we hear the guitar and drums.The guitar melody that follows is fantastic ! "Liquid Kings" is uptempo with guitar, keys and drums. Again I just really like the sound these guys create. Vocals come in at 3 minutes followed by a keyboard solo. Some mood shifts in this one as well as flute."Harmless Criminal" is more atmospheric and laid back but it starts to speed up.The guitar solo is well done as keys play along. At around 5 minutes the melody reverts back to the mellow sound from the intro, with flute added. Uptempo and uplifting as well later on.

"The Gathering" is about knights,war and death. Musically it's in the same vein as the other songs with an energetic guitar solo as the highlight for me. "Dance Of The Unicorn" is my favourite song on the album. It's a great sounding, mid paced song with lots of synths.The vocals are as usual incredible.The melody of flute, keys and drums follow. This is such an uplifting song. The synths are so Banks sounding, and the song ends with flute and spacey synths. "Serpents In Camouflage" starts slowly as vocals, pulsating keys, guitar and good drumming create a beautiful sound. Before 6 minutes the sound gets pastoral, with spacey synths before it reverts back to the original melody. Some soaring guitar to follow.

Highly recommended to those who like GENESIS influenced bands.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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