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Glass Hammer


Symphonic Prog

2.94 | 48 ratings

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5 stars Babb & Schendel's finally made it!... or not???

Glass Hammer consistent lack of passion finally comes to an end. That could be a great news, but the problem is, even if "One" was published in 2010, in fact they are the very first compositions of the band, this time as a duo by its core musicians. When I hear this magnificent (althought simply arranged) album, there's a lot of questions that come to my mind. The more important two are: why didn't they follow this path? Because the music accomplished here is a lot different than any other GH albums (which were composed afterwards), and in this case, the lack of passion (which, in my humble opinion, is the very setback of GH music) is notably absent, and gives way to a construction simple but very connected between tracks. The second question is: after making this, how could they have donesuch a horrible mess as "Journey of the Dunadan"? The answer, I think, lies in their desire to make "complex" music such as their master influences (mainly Yes, but also ELP and, very scarcely, Genesis) and to imitate them. That's why they didn't keep in touch with their own spirit and lost their way. "Chronometree" was a great album, but lacks passion. "Three chears for the broken-hearted" was a good effort (unlike other members, I really enjoyed it), but they are constantly restraining themselves in the composition. "If" was a great album, but it was a YES album, even if Yes didn't make it themselves. Here is where the real Glass Hammer lies. It's a pity it didn't stay afterwards. I really hope someday they'll be reborn.

Grossly neglected by the audience. Five stars for me.

ramien | 5/5 |


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