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Gary Hughes


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3.98 | 14 ratings

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4 stars Part 2 opens strongly with "Kill The King", pure guitar power with some bombastic keyboards as support. The dark deep voice of Dc Cooper (Symphorce) as accompanying vocals is great. "There By The Grace Of The Gods (Go I)" and "I Still Love You (I Still Do)", both with Gary Hughes, the first is a rock song, the other a semi rock ballad. Lana Lane puts her best foot foremost for "Oceans Of Tears" which is again a track with a high sing-along feeling. Morgana, played by Irena Jansen brings us back with both feet on the ground. A very good rock song. With Sabine Edelsbacher (Edenbridge) as Nimue, we get another highlight entitled "Believe Enough To Fight". The voices at the end of the song are brilliant. "The hard way" and "Demon down" are both sung by Dougie White (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen) as Mordred. Nicely old fashioned Rainbow... and yet...? "The Pagan Dream" with Sabine Edelsbacher sounds more like Rhapsody, which is not really my cup of tea. The instrumental "Deius" (though there are a lot of male voices) is what I really like, that is, if you can bare a male choir. Sean Harris (Diamond Head) as Galahad sings "Without You" as if he never did anything else in his life. Excellent song that grows on you each time you hear it. "Once And Future King" by Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) has everything an epilogue of a concept album should have. A gripping voice, a solid building up and a memorable ending.

Before you know it, the 101 minutes have passed by. For fans of the genre this is a real must. If you like Ayreon and Star One than you can buy this one blindly.

Clayreon | 4/5 |


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