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3.57 | 55 ratings

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4 stars Konchordat's first album, English Ghosts, showed a lot of promise, though was not without its flaws - with The New Crusade the promise is fulfilled, and the flaws all but dispelled.

The sound is clean, bright and contemporary - hence, I suppose, the 'neo' tag, but as the band would tell you themselves that's where they come from, having been involved in progressive rock bands during the 'second coming' in the 1980s. Stuart Martin takes over on lead vocals, with a much more 'rock' voice than the departed Lee Harding, and that dictates the tenor of the whole record. Guitars and keyboards mesh seamlessly, without one overwhelming the other, underpinned by a tight rhythm section of (mostly) sampled drums and the rumble of Steve Cork's Rickenbacker. If I've one criticism of the production it's that the 'drumming' is a little robotic in places, but it's hardly a major problem, and doesn't detract from the overall feel.

As good as the sound it's the songs that matter, and this is where The New Crusade shows a real advance on the first Konchordat album. Steve and Stuart demonstrate that they're masters of both the epic (Time To Go, Panic Room and the title track) and the shorter song (Heaven's Gate, in particular), packed with killer tunes that stick in your head and make you smile.

4.5 stars, if I could award halves!

amazingwilf | 4/5 |


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