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3.71 | 140 ratings

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4 stars What a wonderful melodic group. These guys are a hidden gem, but unfortunately that also means they are somewhat of an unknown. For symphonic prog on the order of classic Yes, Genesis, or Marillion they are fantastic - lots of synths and guitar riffs a la the 1970s classic progressive period.

It is surprising how many reviewers reference Marillion, and how many use the word "derivative". Since there is lots of derivative prog out there in the world in general, let us be clear on what we mean: if Marillion is the pole this group lies much further towards the equator than say, does Marillion from Genesis, or does Glass Hammer from Yes. Surely Clepsydra has studied those other groups and are similar in theory, and are influenced, but this album is separate and distinct in fact; Clepsydra own their own sound.

After being hooked by the fast-paced Flyman, I found that this album holds together surprisingly well from start to end, although it may not be so accessible to the average listener.

If I had any criticism, the lead vocalist, although excellent, has sort of a "Kraut" sound to him; this is certainly not something to hold one back, and is fixable.

Give this a spin, starting with the song Flyman. If you like prog on the order of Genesis, Yes, and Marillion, you WILL also like this material.

An easy 4 stars.

gbjones | 4/5 |


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