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4 stars Lazleitt is the creation of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Alex Lazcano. This is the second full blown project under the Lazleitt moniker entitled 'Perpetually under Idle Grounds, which follows 2018's On the Brink. Joining Alex Lazcano (on Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Piano & Vocals) in collaboration with other musicians such as Eric Gillette (The Neal Morse Band) on drums, lead guitar, Mixing & Mastering album, Liz Tapia (Dark Beauty) on vocals, David Knowles (The Swan Chorus) on additional keyboards, Carlos Hernandez (Tree of Life Project) on lead guitar.

The album starts with a short dark, eerie and sinister prelude. Then we have the twenty-one-minute epic A Furtive Shelter. It is the definite highlight of this album, filled with numerous instrumental passages and some great vocal work. All the strong points of the album are on this song, and there's loads of them. The next track Gallows Hill Dossier 1: Grace Sherwood is one of the most interesting tracks on the album. It has some appealing changes of pace that keep things notably edgy. It has a boisterous bass line that fills the room. Following Gallows Hill Dossier 1: Grace Sherwood we have the fourth track Gallows Hill Dossier 2: Bridget Bishop. This ambitious piece boldly lays the band's abilities and credentials on the table. It is by turns eccentric, serious, challenging, accessible, melodic and discordant. I immediately enjoyed this piece. The closing track called The Owl and The Blue Rose is based on the tv show Twin Peaks. This is another highlight of the album. I however find it slightly repetitive, but non the less a great finish to the album.

I feel I must mention that this album took upwards of 15 listens to fully appreciate. To me this means that this album will have a high replay value for years to come. An outstanding well-articulated album full of enjoyable music which raises the progressive standard even higher. A top score well-crafted album. The Cover Art is great at perpetually depicting those idle grounds.

thesimilitudeofprog | 4/5 |


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