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Glass Hammer


Symphonic Prog

3.32 | 152 ratings

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4 stars By the year 2000 it appears that Fred Schendel and Steve Babb with their group Glass Hammer have settled into a pattern of paying homage to some of the seventies masters of progressive rock. On this album, there are hints of Rick Wakeman's synths and Steve Howe's sliding guitar, but the focus is on a very percussive Hammond organ. Yes, Schendel was channelling the spirit of Keith Emerson on this album, right down to the wild solos.

For the most part, the compositions only vaguely resemble ELP, they tend to be more fully orchestrated, and sound a bit more mainstream than the bombastic trio in their prime. That does not make them less enjoyable. It's more like the sound of Emerson sitting in with Glass Hammer. Only two pieces, Chronoverture and The Waiting have a true ELP feeling all around, and they are placed near the end.

But you know what? I love classic ELP, and any strong attempt to honor them is a good thing.

Evolver | 4/5 |


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