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Sebastian Hardie


Symphonic Prog

3.84 | 136 ratings

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Steve Hegede
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5 stars Sebastian HARDIE are considered Australia's first symphonic rock band. They have two albums that were released in the mid-seventies, and a live album from their Progfest '94 gig. "Four Moments" is the band's classic debut album consisting of a side-long epic, and two long instrumental work-outs. Listeners will instantly notice the strong YES-influence in the music, yet the mellotron work here is much stronger than on any YES album. The vocals are also deeper with a strong John WETTON influence. The first side of the original LP was filled by a 20-minute title track. The band really focused on creating a beautiful masterpiece of mid-70s symphonic prog. The music is gradiose, colorful, and sometimes quite funky. One theme in particular is repeated throughout the epic, but goes through a series of variations before transforming back to its original form. The outcome is stunning, and leaves the listener wanting more. Side B consists of a shorter track, and a 13-minute epic. These two tracks are completely instrumental and emphasize melodic guitar work. I'm reminded less of Yes here, but the dutch band FINCH comes to mind. Overall, this is an excellent album. A classic, in fact.
Steve Hegede | 5/5 |


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