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5 stars This is an absolute classic and an absolute must have for all who like neo-prog music. In overall sound it is somewhat similar to the better work of Marillion (Fish-era) with highpitched guitar work and a voice reminiscant of Fish in his better days, also influences of Pendragon, IQ and Genesis are hearable. The sound is carried by Clive's distinctive keyboard sound and some great guitarpassages. The crying for help songs are queit intermezzo's between some groundbraking and more hardhitting epic's and provide a counterpoint in which they explore a more easylistening sound. My favourites are "Out of The wilderness"which emediatly graps you by the throat and leaves you longing for more, "Jericho"with an anthemic final after a queit intro, they've explored that field also on following albums (Enemy without from The Visitor has the same quality). And of course "Solomon" which has all the trademarks to become a prog-classic. Epic size (14+ minutes) several stages, instrumental passages, solo's and a great voice. Solomon is togheter with Grendel (Marillion). Sirens (also Arena) Harvest of Souls (IQ) and Narcissus (Threshold) my all-time favourite track when it comes to the neo-prog sound. To all out there, If you like neo-progressive rock music, this is an Album you must have, to all who care not about neo-prog, try and listen to this. ABSOLUTELY RECOMMENDED.
tuxon | 5/5 |


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