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3 stars Founded in 2008 KONCHORDAT are a new group on the scene. Together with Stuart Martin (guitars, vocals) multi-instrumentalists Lee Harding and Steve Cork have brought together this new project in Kent/UK. The band are acting on the neo and symph border where they offer gentle mid-tempo songs provided with a high weighting on compact arrangements. While often building an orchestral strings similar background, the keyboards are predominantly responsible for the symphonic edge. Harding is (co-)credited for all the eight songs which distinguishes him as the main songwriter. The lyrics play an important role as well - and of course - although not the band's strongest point - vocals are very present.

'Look for the key to your life ...' - Consequences appeals to me with a special majestic, pathetic flow ... and because of the charming melodies. Some Genesis feelings come up whilst listening. However the song also features a heavier touch when showing some riffing guitars on a more straightforward rocking middle part - probably offered by Oz Craggs who has a guest appearance here on this track.

Centerpiece is the epic title song. Here we have a distinctive neo prog flow - speaking of a driving rhythm, dramatic organ and melancholic guitar appearance. Decorated with some initial jamming moments and Gregorian impressions they take time to let the song evolve - well done! The Road Goes Ever On ... 'can you discover if you're man enough to take it' - this is seemingly reflecting about the challenges in our life. A nice song presented in their typical melodramatic mood. Closing with the instrumental Coda the expressive guitar hijacks us to heavier rocking fields once more.

'English Ghosts' keeps to the beaten track as for my impression - I'm missing real surprises and more trickiness here and there - probably something to add on the ToDo list relevant for the follower album? Anyhow, this album is a solid debut, the songs are very melodic - strengthened by some references to diverse prog paragons and surely provided with emotional sense.

Rivertree | 3/5 |


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