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LIALIM HIGH

Twin Age

 

Neo-Prog

3.74 | 50 ratings

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Gatot
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3 stars It's a very good reference for neo-prog music...

I have known the band for such a long time, dated back in early 2000, I think. But only recently I have a chance to enjoy the music through this 'Lialim High' released in 1997. As this band has been labeled as neo-prog my expectation was to hear a music that shares similar style like Marillion, IQ, Pallas or Pendragon. But when I first listened to the opening track 'Twelve Feet Tall' (11:00) I could not truly believe that I was going to listen to a neo-prog tune because the energetic drum work reminds me to progressive metal kind of music. It's so dynamic and it moves smoothly from one segment to another. Yeah, I finally found the neo-prog characteristics in the music especially when the keyboard and guitar play in intertwined role. This opening track impressed me at first spin as it has all ingredients of excellent composition: dynamic structure where it combines high and low register notes nicely, catchy overall melody, seamless transition of one segment to another and balanced combination of instruments used. Yes, the guitar is quite aggressive but it merges beautifully with the work of the keyboard. One thing that creates excellent accentuation for the song is the dynamic drum work. Johan Hansson also performs his vocals excellently throughout the song. His vocal characteristic is like a blend of Peter Nichols (IQ) and Nick Barrett (Pendragon). I have no doubts at all to rate this track as an excellent one (four stars) because it deserves it.

The second track 'Blinded' (5:58) positions itself as a mellow track demonstrating vocal melody and keyboard work. At first spin I did not find this track interesting because it sounded like an 'unfinished' song as the melody notes did not sound completed, there was something missing in the notes. But with more spin I find this tune is interesting as well. The longest track 'The Pelican Lie' (14:23) also moves in relatively slow tempo, demonstrating good combination of vocal as lead melody, guitar solo and keyboard solo. You might get bored with this song. But if you really enjoy the song in its entirety, you may find that their music is able to create good ambient especially for those who have been familiar with symphonic music.

'Famous Last Words' (7:40) runs in similar vein with previous track but in a faster tempo. The guitar and keyboard contribute significantly to provide fills. 'A Sign Of My Decline' (8:40) starts with an exploration of sounds. The song then turns energetic as it moves in approx two minutes. Carl Johan Kilborn (keyboard) plays important role.

Overall, I consider this as a very good album to have, combining nicely the three components in their compositions: excellent structure, catchy melodies and balanced use of instruments even though keyboard & guitar are quite obvious in interlude or solo. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercymild ? GW

Gatot | 3/5 |

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