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EVER AFTER

Sanhedrin

 

Eclectic Prog

3.99 | 141 ratings

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octopus-4
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4 stars I did read about this band in the PA forum. In a thread soembody was asking about bands "similar to CAMEL" and this name popped up.

It took me a lot of time to get a copy of this album because the band seems to have disappeared after releasing this little masterpiece. No bandcamp, facebook or any other internet resource other than progarchives. Luckily, it's still available from the FADING RECORDS label which is a sub-label of AltRock productions.

Now the album: it's very reminding to CAMEL, but it has some substantial differences: first of all is not as guitar dominated as Latimer's band, there's a bigger use of flute and a lot of keyboards. If we want to compare it to a specific period of CAMEL, we are closer to the first two albums.

I have noticed that almost all the tracks have odd signatures, mainly 5/4, but even if there are jazzy moments in the vein of Rain Dances, it has elements which are not very often present in Camel's discography. This is original material, close to CAMEL as much as Hogarth's Marillion can be close to Genesis: there is an imprinting, but it's not a clone band.

Saying what's the best track is not easy: I really like the whole album in all its various moments. Each track has its "reason". The Guillotine, Il Tredici, Steam are excellent tracks. A mention goes to the medieval folk of "Dark Age" which reminds to Angelo BRANDUARDI and BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, just to say that it's not only Camel. It suddenly tunrs into a dark atmosphere with Canterbury elements and some passages of the kind that wouldn't be a surprise in an ART ZOYD album.

Another mention is deserved by the short classical guitar piece entitled "Tema", the second track other than "Il Tredici" with an Italian title. Closer to Steve HACKETT than to Latimer.

This album is at the same level of many CAMEL albums, surely better than some of their inspirer's releases. If one is undecided between "The Single Factor" and "Even After", I'd surely say, "go for the second!".

It's really a pity that this band is disappeared. The more original parts, I mean the less "Camelistic" are showing a lot of good musical ideas and excellent skills. For all the (prog) tastes.

octopus-4 | 4/5 |

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