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The Barrel
4 stars Some day, one day this band is going to make it BIG, so here's the ideal chance to get in on the ground floor and say "I WAS THERE BEFORE...." A live double cd which shows perfectly how tight this band really is. THE MUSIC? Well, to me it's melodic prog rock. They really wear their influences on their sleeve and they're not ashamed to admit it.Genesis, Yes, Gentle Giant. All the usual suspects and it's all the better for it because in my opinion they're saying to me .."We like the music you like, but nobody's doing it anymore so we're going to give it a go" The music is a heady mix of complex melodies/harmonies, grand themes, difficult time signatures, soaring guitar solos (This guy Chris Fry really is the mutts nuts) and the STUNNING voice of Christina. It's powerfull, yet tender. At once distinctive, yet (to me) reminds me of one of the Wilson sisters (HEART) before they fell in love with their hairdryers!! I've always been a sucker for the 20 minuters with a big finish so they slot in lovely amongst the Spock's Beard, Rush and Dream Theater and Yes section of my cd rack. They are not as heavy as some of these groups but thet can easily crank it up to 11 when they need to. I saw them in Rotherham last year and they were amazing....My only gripe is that they seem to play a gig every 7 months. Come on boys and girls...sort it out and get over to the North West (and I don't mean Wales!!)
The Barrel | 4/5 |


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