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RED QUEEN TO GRYPHON THREE

Gryphon

 

Prog Folk

4.12 | 431 ratings

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MovingPictures07
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5 stars This is one of the most overlooked masterpieces of progressive rock, a truly groundbreaking album of constantly intriguing and wonderful compositions, amazing musicianship, and perfect production.

1. Opening Move- Wow, what an opening move this is! The piano in the beginning is simply genius, and all the instruments fall into place with perfection. This song was responsible for my love with the bassoon. Every moment is magic and this song is so peaceful. Flawless. 10+/10

2. Second Spasm- All the instruments are amazingly played once again and the song is enjoyable. This one is not as serene and peaceful as the first song, but it still strikes me as being beautiful. I love the part about three minutes into the song where the bassoon and Krumhorns go solo. Outstanding! The folk feel is awesome. 10/10

3. Lament- Gryphon continues their brilliance, this time more in the vein of what the song title suggests. Who would have thought a lament could be so emotional yet uplifting simultaneously? The song structure is again meticulously crafted and all the instruments form a wonderful blend of medieval progressive music. The ending gets me every time. Fantastic. 10/10

4. Checkmate- The complex beauty ends on an interesting note with this last song, which tells you that it won't be a repeat of any of the previous songs simply from its ever-changing intro. At times this song has a march feel to it, signifying the last of the troops going out to battle (in the chess game). What else is there to say? They somehow manage to finish this album with another unique composition with wonderful composition and amazing instrumentation. 10/10

This is one of the most rewarding albums I own. Do yourself a favor and hear it for yourself!

MovingPictures07 | 5/5 |

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