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4 stars ''The All European Hero'' was followed by a small tour by Galleon in Norway, England and Germany with some very good response.Spring 97' finds the band recording material for a new album and many of the new songs were presented on the following gigs.Between October 97' and May 98', through many technical problems, Galleon recorded their fifth studio effort ''Mind Over Matter'' at the Wavestation Studios in Ljusne, their last work for VF Productions.

The band developed the sound of ''The All European Hero'' even more and what actually can be heard here is Galleon's most grandiose and epic effort by far.Five long tracks, ranging from 8 up to 21 minutes, just show the band's ambitious ideas and the musicianship ended up to be very challenging and atmospheric with Galleon offering their most symphonic album up to date.Fantastic distorted guitars, seriers of excellent solos, huge synthesizer sounds, bombastic passages and endless breaks, all contained in one package full of passion and intensity.The style is very close to the likes of COLLAGE or FLAMBOROUGH HEAD, that is a perfect balance between superb atmospheric instrumental workouts with guitars/keyboards leading the ideas and very strong lyrical moments.And while the early MARILLION influence is still present, GALLEON manages to transform this 80's-styled Neo Prog to some great modern Progressive Rock with great respect for the past years but also a very refreshing approach.

Perfect fit for all those loving the 90's Neo/Symphonic Progressive Rock sound, actually for this audience ''Mind Over Matter'' is close to a masterpiece.But also anyone fond of atmospheric,emotional and well-crafted Progressive Rock should chase this release.Easy to get it as this was re-released in 2005 by Progress Records and, of course, highly recommended.

apps79 | 4/5 |


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