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CRUSADER

Survival

 

Crossover Prog

3.02 | 6 ratings

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TenYearsAfter
3 stars 'TRIPLE DUTCH : PART THREE'

This is a musical project by Dutch keyboard player Jack Langevelt, a huge fan of the Seventies symphonic rock and the late keyboard wizard Rick Van Der Linden. Between 1981 and 1997 Survival existed in its first line-up, then disbanded but fortunately Jack didn't give up and here we can enjoy the Musea release of his first album entitled Crusader (2008).

From the very first moment I listened to this instrumental album, I was carried away to Vintage Keyboard Heaven, what a wonderful and often compelling keyboard driven symphonic rock.

A tight rhythm with a lush and powerful, Jon Lord-like Hammond sound, fiery guitar and propulsive drum work in The Holy Land

Orchestral keyboards in the melancholical sounding Lamentation.

A long and swirling Hammond solo and howling duo-guitar in the titletrack.

A slow rhythm with pitchbend driven synthesizer work and lush Hammond organ in I Cried For You.

A sparkling piano, exciting Hammond and synthesizer play, along excellent Gilmourian guitar workin Exceptional Friend.

Majestic church organ in The Knights Templar.

Sensational interplay between keyboard (including Mellotron choirs), guitar and rhythm-section with lots of great solos on keyboards and guitar, and a compelling duet between synthesizer and guitar in the long Montsigard.

A dreamy final track entitled After All featuring beautiful interplay between warm piano and soaring keyboards.

A subtle conclusion of an often bombastic and compelling sounding album that frequently reminds me of Japanese progrock band Gerard (but I wonder or Jack has ever heard of that Japanese progrock band).

Anyway, a big hand for Dutch formation Survival and big alert for the vintage keyboard aficionados!

My rating: 3,5 star.

TenYearsAfter | 3/5 |

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