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3.33 | 63 ratings

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4 stars One can find some very good stuff on this album.

The lead singer is quite performing, and Uwe D'Röse dispatches quite interesting guitar solo. Their overall music is influenced by "Marillion" (Mark I of course) and their more pop- prog sound ("Forever Young" or "Foxing The Fox"). The former is even completed with a very pleasant atmospheric and Floydean guitar break in the middle part which conveys to this song a certain style. One of the best song from this debut. Moving, really (like the short "After I Died Somewhere".

The music is not challenging but running smoothly through your ears; the melodic and more symphonic instrumental "April First" is a perfect example to highlight this. When "Terracotta Army" starts obviously with some Chinese partitions and evolves towards a heavy and slow paced piece of rock. It is very similar to "Kashmir". Even Damien Wilson has some Robert Plant intonations. I can feel the same while I listen to the closing number: it really sounds as a Led Zep acoustic tune. (during the first half mainly). Not bad actually.

There are also some "Arena" friends in here: Groom for the production (but he also brought Damien on board, which was a great idea), Clive Nolan for about half the lyrics and Ian Salmon for a brief apparition. Some fine contribution, shall I say.

There are lots of links to "Pendragon" 's music as well; especially the beautiful and melodic guitar play. Excellent really. But all these musicians are playing their role with enthusiasm and skills.

The short epic "Suite St. Helens" opens on a formidable instrumental part. Another highlight from this album which is from start to finish a well balanced ensemble. Moving and personal vocals, skilled and passionate guitar, a good combination between sung parts and instrumental ones. What else to say?

This work should please any neo-prog fan who leans towards some added symphonic touches. Seven out of ten (upgraded to four stars).

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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