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RED QUEEN TO GRYPHON THREE

Gryphon

 

Prog Folk

4.13 | 441 ratings

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baz91
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5 stars It's a prog rock record with four songs, all ten minutes long. How bad can it be?

The answer in this case is, not bad at all. In fact, Gryphon's unique blend of folk and electric instruments, combined with some complex musicianship and intricate song structures that could put Gentle Giant to shame, happens to make this album damn near perfect.

First things first, this is an entirely instrumental record. There are no voices or lyrics of any kind here, but the music itself manages to carry the listener and their imagination for the duration of the album. In a sense, the 'no voices' policy gives this album a very 'pure' feel.

On the first listen, you're likely to think that each track sounds very similar, but over time, the tracks seperate out, and gain their own identity within the album. Opening Move is the natural choice for the beginning of the album, with it's majestic, anthemic sound. Second Spasm gives the group a chance to show off their folk rock skills. Lament is a longer, more thoughtful piece. Checkmate is a more mixed affair, with aggressive and restrained parts that flow together beautifully. If I have a single criticism, it's that Gryphon didn't do the trick of using the theme from Opening Move anywhere else in the album.

The album package itself is rather meagre, but the beautiful picture on the front is enough to satisfy. Apart from that, we are also greeted by pictures of our silent hosts, the band members themselves.

This album is a pure joy to listen to all the way through. There are no weak moments at all, so it's easy to put this album on from start to finish, and lap up the proggy goodness. The skill with which the group handle their instruments is uncanny. The tracks are all meticulously thought out, and each person plays his part perfectly. Needless to say, this is a must-have for any prog fan.

baz91 | 5/5 |

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