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Sebastian Hardie


Symphonic Prog

3.84 | 120 ratings

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3 stars This album by Australian gentlemen was recorded and mixed over a period of six consecutive days. It was always clear with everyone involved that the task at hand was to capture the essence of the band without overproducing. Apart from vocal, some solos and minimal overlays, "Four Moments" was captured "live in the studio". Polygram Australia felt that Sebastian Hardie "Four Moments" was a gamble, however when the finished product was presented, the record company executives were ecstatic. The release of Four Moments was expedient and for the first time in Australia the "label" symphonic rock was born and became synonymous with Sebastian Hardie. [CD sleeve notes].

Musically, this album is basically a blend of early prog sounds with groups like King Crimson, The Nice; with many similarities in terms of keyboard / mellotron sounds and guitar with Dutch's Focus and Ekseption. I can smell the heavy influence of Focus especially when guitar takes its solo combined with keyboard work. The music is symphonic with atmospheric textures blending the power of keyboards which resemble the work of Keith Emerson but sometimes they sound like Rick Wakeman or in some segments like Rick van der Linden. The music creates good enjoyment as it give the combination of symphonic and elements of classical music. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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