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Gandalf's Fist



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4 stars Appearances by members of heavy neo-prog and prog folk powerhouses Arena and Gryphon serve as a kind of a stamp of approval from the larger prog community to Gandalf Fist's combination of olde englishe folke, folk-influenced metal (think the likes Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy) and pshychedelic hazy dreaminess. A steady stream of albums in the last few years seems to have elevated Gandalf from a joke-sounding oddity to a cult status. On Forest of Fey, while retaining the trademark eccentricities like a soar throat (but melodic) whispering vocal, juxtaposition between riffy outbursts and slow dirges and exploitation of old English fantasies, I think they gave their sound a more populist approach that would appeal to old Genesis fans. More folk and traditional rock than metal and psychedelia, and a female vocal given even more space than the respiratory-ill male one. On the downside, many melodic fragments here sound like passages from their previous albums.
Progrussia | 4/5 |


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