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Bram Stoker


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4 stars Mr. Bronsdon is back in 2013 with the first album by Bram Stoker in over 40 years. I'm a big fan of their "Heavy Rock Spectacular" with it's hammond riffs and nice guitar work.

With just 3 members in this release (including Mr. Brondson on keys), I did not know what to expect. Is it just another attempt to resurrect something special 40 years ago resulting in a "dry run".

I would highly encourage anyone to go to youtube and search for Cold Reading Bram Stoker and listen to the Promo.

I can't explain why I like this album a lot. I just do. In addition to Mr. Brondson's meticulous keyboards (that delve into the early nostalgic sounds of the 1970's), the guitar work by Tony Lowe is nicely done, melodic and never "annoying". Very "Flower King"-y like (if I can make that phrase up). Lowe's guitar work is very enjoyable to listen to and Bronsdon does a wonderful job taking a backseat during Lowe's solos (but the hammond/keys are always present).

But Bronsdon has many moments to shine too. But at all times, it feels like a "team effort".

And then you have the other strength of the album. The vocals by Will Hack. Although sparse at times (some instrumental tunes), when the vocals come in, they're very pleasant and non-obstrusive. Reminds me a bit of Fruup's "Modern Masquerades" album with the vocals (and even some of the melodic passages).

This is not just a "failed reunion album" where a "once progressive"-group reforms again to do a bunch of forgettable modern pop songs and then disappears.

No, this album is just as progressive as the 1972 "Heavy Rock Spectacular" and the keyboards are just wonderful to listen to. Nice bass guitar passes too.

Nothing outstanding but no wasted tracks either. Just a good album from start to finish.

If you're curious, please go to youtube and search for "Bram Stoker 'Cold Reading'" and check out the 4 minute "Official promo" video. It's about 30 seconds per song. It will give you a great idea of what this album is about.

progbaby | 4/5 |


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