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3.78 | 170 ratings

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5 stars The Cathedral LP is an absolute must for any true old school progressive rock fan. I think that comparisons to other bands such as Yes, Gentle Giant & King Crimson are unnecessary. Any artist who released an LP in the wake of these bands will ultimately be compared to them no matter what they do. The "Stained Glass Stories" LP should be critiqued on the music itself.

Without going into too much detail, each member of the band gets to shine (which is ultimately the most important thing in any band). Also, the LP is very diverse, which to me is what progressive rock is all about...drawing from a number of different musical styles (i.e. classical, folk, rock, etc...) performed by musicians who are very talented. I laud the liberal use of the mellotron (something I wish more modern prog bands would utilize) because it adds a real complement to these incredible pieces of music. Finally, I do not understand the criticism of the vocalist (Paul Seal). Has anyone heard Christian Vander from Magma? Roger Chapman of Family? I'm sure many would single them out for ridicule. I for one really like Seal's voice. It is very unique and fits the music as perhaps no other vocalist could.

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