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Citizen Cain - Serpents In Camouflage CD (album) cover


Citizen Cain


Symphonic Prog

3.49 | 102 ratings

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5 stars This is one of the prog bands which sounds the most like Genesis of the Gabriel era and Marillion of the Fish era!! First of all, the singer dangerously sounds like Peter Gabriel. The Marillion's album that has this sound and style is definitely "Script from a jester's tear", especially the "He knows you know" track: moog and organ keyboards, although less floating than on the first Marillion's album; the outstanding guitar sounds are surprisingly the same, and this is true for both the rhythmic guitar and the solos. The drums are never monotonous and they are very well played. The bass here is definitely more elaborated: it contributes to give this album strong progressive elements from the old school, with a modern overall sound: this means "Foxtrot" and "Selling England by the pound", modernized! The album is better than the first Marillion's album. What is impressive is the cohesion between all the instruments, forming very unforgettable melodic & complex structures. There are 4 tracks out of 7 which last more than 10 minutes. Please don't say "Well, it is not so good because they copied Marillion!" Marillion has enough suffered from such a bad comment, being compared to early Genesis. Citizen Cain is neither Marillion nor Genesis! They have their own style and sound. Pay attention to "The Gathering": a modern "Supper's ready"/"Cinema Show" medley? Outrageously brilliant!! Don't forget to listen to the absolutely "Cinema Show-esque" quintessential bit of the "Serpents in camouflage" track between 4:28 and 5:40! Regardless of what purists say, I will continue to listen to that gem until I become deaf!


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