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3.94 | 192 ratings

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5 stars A riveting treasure that had vanished from the scene for more than 15 years , the meteoric CD phenomenon 's overhaul and the renewed worldwide interest in prog combined to resuscitate this one-shot wonder from total oblivion. What a thrill to rediscover this mythical recording , a symphonic meisterwerk that brings back the glory days of Genesis (with a good Gabriel clone ) and the sublime spirit of Camel (heavy doses of wondrous flute). When Musea's musical archeologists dug out this CD in 1992 , it was universally acclaimed from Argentina to Japan. "Battlement" is a timeless star, very non- German (certainly far from Kraut) featuring gushing eruptions of Mellotron, delicate acoustic guitar arpeggios blending with soaring flute flights , a relentless and busy rythm section , crowned by Frenchman Frederic Joos' fluid voice honoring the great Foxtroter. The songs are all quite brilliant and emit a heady sense of nostalgia (which is why we love prog in the first place), as this was recorded in 1978 when prog was being assassinated by the punk cynics. The track "Intruders & the Punishment" is a spinetingling treat, liberally sprinkled with Big G spices and overflowing with a shimmering mood that is quite intoxicating. So if you are looking for a unique one-shot wonder from the hallowed vaults , this is a surefire pick that deserves a place in any collection. 5 rhine castles
tszirmay | 5/5 |


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