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MERIDIAN

Gerard

 

Neo-Prog

3.39 | 14 ratings

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progrules
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4 stars What a beautiful noise !

No, this is no reference to the famous Neil Diamond hit but actually the best thinkable description of this album. But first an interesting statement:

This is the second time in two days that I notice a significant difference between my version of an album and the one shown on our site. I do believe PA's version is the right one because on mine I detect a song from a previous release by Gerard and that's the song Evidence of True Love, a mini-epic and a major song on my release. Major because it's one of the three most significant songs on this release along with the other two longer songs Orpheus and Melting Time. The rest of the songs is more or less forgettable compared to the three masterpiece tracks. Yes, I want to go that far !

I listened to these three songs many times on my mp3 player about a year ago and I remember my admiration for these songs grew more and more on me in that period. At first the songs sound just noisy and could be described as messy but when you give them every chance and listen to the melodic structure that is really there you could conclude they are actually brilliant !

And they make me come to the conclusion this album deserves 4 stars without any doubt. Gerard is not a straightforward neo progressive band but more a band in between neo, symphonic and heavy prog. They have some similarity with their fellow country people from Ars Nova who they actually performed together with. Both bands most prominent features are vintage keyboards that at first sound noisy and almost distorted but are in fact brilliant. If this all intrigues you, don't hesitate to check them out and then Meridian is a good starting point.

progrules | 4/5 |

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