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The Bardic Depths


Crossover Prog

3.72 | 12 ratings

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4 stars This is a project featuring UK based multi-intrumentalist Dave Bandana. An experienced person really, who already has collaborated with diverse like-minded musicians. At first glance the presence of the other band constant Brad Birzer turns out to be relatively unspectacular. Anyway, aside from the compositional aspect he arranges the comprehensive spoken word contributions all over. Which means provided in different languages, either by himself and also diverse other guest appearances. This looks like strongly pointing to a concept workout. Yep, right, dealing with the friendship of writers C.S. Lewis und J.R.R. Tolkien on this occasion. Stylistically this is lingering around diverse territories, though predominantly a symbiosis of art rock, neo prog and Pink Floyd influenced psychedelic.

Furthermore, one can say a proper selection of prog's who is who is contributing here, examplarily speaking of Peter Jones, Robin Armstrong, Gareth Cole aso. The opening track The Trenches appears like an exclamation mark, spacy kosmische elements, symphonic strings. And I would like to highlight Tim Gehrt's straight drumming later on, changing to marching mode in between. An exceptional composition without a doubt. The extended suite Depths Of Time in the same way, divided in three parts and offering quite different faces. This is an album of roundabout one hour playing time, catching you up sooner or later with its atmospheric flow, charming all the way through. Very nice saxophone input by Peter Jones. Something for relaxed moments.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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