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4 stars Being from the Netherlands myself I found myself wonderfully surprised one day at my favourite record shop, a prog band from Holland I had never heard prior to that!

(There have only been a few local prog bands in the late eighties / early 90's that didn't make it further than the demo tape stage (although there are a few tapes more than deserving of a vinyll pressing back then, which I still play today) , then there was / is Focus ofcourse, Earth & Fire were pretty progressive during their first 4 albums, and I know this 90's band called "Aphrodisiac" which had a pretty good prog album called "Dae ex machina" which I bought back then, very promising but I can't remember hearing anything from them after that release)

All together I bought "Cold steel", "To be or not to be" and "Mirror site" for 7 pop a piece, what a bargain for such good music.

Their style of prog is not only remeniscent of bands such as Marillion and Genesis, although Marillion and Genesis do come to mins while playing their CD's....but to say that Cliffhanger is a derivative band only based upon those bands would do their wonderful musical endeavours injust.

The carefull listener will easily recognise King Crimson in the guitar parts, Van Der Graaf generator at times when the music makes intricate u-turns with a vocal sound that can easily be compared to that of Peter Hammill. As afore mentione, Pink floyd passes the review (especially in the bass parts during the second verse in "Rainforest" on "Mirror site"...awesome) I sometimes felt during the more easy listening songs as if I was listening to Peter Gabriel solo leftovers that never made it to any of his albums....

What more can I say....I am very glad to have discovered this band, and I'm surely going to try to find the remaining 2 albums that are missing in my collection.Z

Cliffhanger, certainly more than worthy of a trying out of you''re not familiar with them, while in search of something new aside from the big, well known, established bands.

| 4/5 |


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