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BELIEVE

Pendragon

 

Neo-Prog

3.55 | 376 ratings

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Pastmaster
3 stars Pendragon-Believe

'Believe' is the seventh studio album by British Progressive rock/metal band Pendragon.

This album shows Pendragon begin to evolve out of their old sound, and into a harder-edged prog rock band. 'Believe' shows less use of synth and the guitar begins to take the front seat, as heard in the opening song 'No Place for the Innocent'. It has a much harder-rocking 90's Rush feel, really reminding me of songs from Rush's 'Test for Echo'. Nick Barrett's vocals sound much better in this song, fitting the style much more then their previous albums. Some classical influences are still maintained, after some great riffing, violins can be heard for a few seconds. This song is probably my favorite from this album. Not all the songs rock hard on this album, the song 'The Temple of Solomon' and a couple parts of the four 'The Wishing Well' are more acoustic based, but some I can still enjoy.

With 'The Wishing Well', part three is where Pendragon starts to rock out. The bridge has some really catchy guitar riffs, before they soon flow into even faster riffing with a great bass-line. The final part of 'The Wishing Well', 'Two Roads', brings in the first sounds of prog metal in Pendragon's sound. It begins with nice acoustics, but soon picks up with heavy riffing. 'Learning Curve' has kind of a jazzy and bluesy feel to it, making it standout on the album.

Overall, 'Believe' shows Pendragon evolving into a hard rock/prog metal band that would lead to my favorite album by the band. Barrett's voice fits much better with the overall harder-edged feel of this album, which makes this a much more enjoyable listen for me. Recommended to fans of hard rock and prog rock, and for metal Pendragon would reach that height on the next album.

Pastmaster | 3/5 |

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