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CULTURE OF ASCENT

Glass Hammer

 

Symphonic Prog

3.53 | 130 ratings

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Menswear
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3 stars I feel like a thanksgiving turkey.

I really want to get into Glass Hammer. For a brief period, Lex Rex was my own little secret and I cherished the DVD of the same name. I liked their sense of companionship, I really saw them as a little family making music together and enjoying being underdogs. Now, Glass Hammer made itself a (very good) name, and the band's creations are often praised as the new fangled way...

And I have to admit that the work is astonishingly professional, both with the music and the cover art. Glass Hammer is now in the bin of the good value/ money and doing things both with the old and new school (but mostly the old). After the Roger Dean cover in the past, they now hired their supreme guru: Jon Anderson. It's not mean, it's just that Glass Hammer needs Yes just like Triumvirat needed Emerson Lake and Palmer...an awsomely good delivery (and sometimes better) of something not quite their own.

The songs are rich, and I weight my words. There's a lot to chew on, so much keyboard and drum patterns...I got tired after a while. It's simply too hard for me to listen from cover to cover, I get dizzy and bored. And maybe there's a key to enjoy Glass Hammer: spoonfeeding.

Thankfully, there's some meaner moments but they are very, very few. Dear old Glass Hammer, still in La-La Land, light years away from suffering and gloomy lyrics...

In one word: STODGY!

Menswear | 3/5 |

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