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Red Sand

 

Neo-Prog

3.71 | 64 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars Just a year after ''Mirror of Insanity'' and its warm acceptance by the press, Simon Caron and Red Sand return with the sophomore album ''Gentry''.Only drummer Perry Angelillo remains on his place from the first line-up with Caron recruiting new singer Steff Dorval in place of Hmel.The keyboards are handled by Pierre Massicotte of the disbanded Dagmahr, while the bass was a responsibility of The D Project's Mathieu Gosselin.

This time Caron decided to present two long compositions along with two shorter tracks.The longer compositions contain all these elements a Classic prog fan seeks for.Lyrical moments, mindblowing guitar solos, acoustic passages, dominant keyboard deliveries, plenty of changing moods, a generally symphonic atmosphere, not to mention the strong use of mellotron at moments.Absolutely well-crafted and intricate material.The eponymous track, placed between the epics, is a nice Neo Prog ballad with intense lyrical content, mellow piano by Massicotte and a beautiful solo by Caron at the end.The closing bonus track of the original pressing ''The voice'' is just an average vocal-driven soft ballad with decent piano and acoustic guitar, nothing bad but not extraordinary either.More or less the instrumental approach follows the high standards of the band's debut.What strikes a bit though is new singer Steff Dorval, who's voice seems quite rough for the style presented and more suitable to Heavy or Hard Rock bands than to a sensitive Neo Prog act.

Another fine delivery by one of the most interesting Neo Prog entries of the millenium. Sensitive, atmospheric but also vintage-sounding Progressive Rock of the old MARILLION and IQ school.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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