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4 stars This band has actually been around for quite a while (since 2002, I believe) and produced an ep "Only Love" in 2006 from which a couple of tracks are included here. They had a few problems initially finding a singer, but in Holly Thody they seem to have finally struck gold. Powerful, melodic and easily accessible 80's style prog that's a delight to listen to. Soaring vocals, superb guitar solos, and hooks galore - it's all here. Entirely self-produced at the home of guitarist Martin Leamon, it may not have the slickness and polish of some of the more familiar bands of this type, but in some ways this only adds to the appeal. Believe me, anyone that enjoys Karnataka, Mostly Autumn, Touchstone (whom Crimson Sky have supported live), Breathing Space, Magenta and bands of this ilk will find plenty of interest here. Highly recommended, with the bonus that you can listen to the whole album streamed at low bit-rate via the band's pages and check it out thoroughly first.

Four very big stars!!

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Posted Monday, March 29, 2010 | Review Permalink
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4 stars Thanks to progrockfreak for his initial review, which I stumbled upon simply because I do read most reviews (or at the very least , scan them all) and something about the aroma of this curious release impelled me to go out and purchase (not even expensive!) it on that Brazilian river name site! I have noticed that my tastes are presently focused on space and psychedelic, as well as a lot of female vocal prompted prog (FVPP). On the estrogen side, my sessions have included the brilliant Legend, Karnataka, Panic Room, The Reasoning, Breathing Space and Magenta etc?, as well as a slew of Polish bands where the ladies rule the mike and sing! Crimson Sky has an amateurish feel that in fact is quite beguiling, in a nascent sense of what should never be too overproduced by just letting the natural flow emerge and bloom. Four shorter pieces kick off this tasty misunderstanding. The scented "After the Rain" is an overtly commercial track that has an ear friendly lilt with some memorable chorus and verse spiel from siren Holly Thody , whilst mellotron howls in the sonic setting , lighting the path for a low register guitar solo that bruises more than smiles , a hard edged rant that does the trick. "Turn It Up" is at first a lyrical astonishment with powerful words quite in your face and powerful chords, acoustic guitar insertions and then onto the sizzling electric lead from Martin Leamon, synths parading in as well. The melancholic "Season's End" recalls All About Eve in that it combines harsh riffs with heavenly voices that can occasionally wail like a banshee, all knotted into a tight monolithic propeller by the bass and drums. The atmosphere weaves highly contrasting cascades of musical emotion, like Cadey's ornate synth solo that whistles finely, one of the better ones I heard in a long time. "Things Die" is another fierce , an almost hard rock blueser that chuggga-chuggas along like some Whiskey Train (yes a little Robin Trower influence there on guitar, as well as Bill Nelson with Be Bop Deluxe!) , Thody sounding more like a metal diva and the bass popping a few blisters on the haunting melody. The last two pieces are the epic jobs that truly overrule the more accessible nuggets, simply by permitting the mood to become denser and let go into a deeper realm of creativity, albeit this ain't no Math Prog! There is strong hint of Goth/Pagan that permeates the majestic 10 minute "A Sleep That Burns", finding Thody howling to the spectral Moon and the band hugging her along , in a profound enveloped caress that exudes a special scent , the fiery axe solo smoldering through the "vocalizes" and snarling deliciously. Great track! The 6 part title track is the very obvious highlight and requires all the attention and praise, as it's a corker! More than half and hour of fun and games, in spectacular fashion. Soft veiled passages jockeying with the rousing guitar riffs, the weighty arrangement moving full steam ahead, until we dive into the second part "The Sea", a gut wrenching piano led dirge with simple vocal lines but emotionally charged lyrically, a masterful addition to any great prog epics list, possessing all the lavish ingredients needed = pace, emotion, soloing and tonal texture. AKA Buzz ! The heavy resides in complete harmony with the imperial bombast, imagine a harder rockier Renaissance, especially evident when Thody's voice soars high and far away. "I Do Not Count The Time" has a dark folk tinge recalling a rockier Dead Can Dance/ Lycia/Love Spirals Downwards , convincingly spacey and yet gritty by the same token. Still swimming! "Misunderstood II " is incredible once again with spirited playing from the romantic piano and the decorous bass, almost something Wakeman would have done way back when. Fleetly breezy like some warm zephyr thanks in no small part to the singer vocalizations, the mood gets instantly tougher like the grey winds before the tempest, guitar dervishes whirling and synthesized bolts twirling .The marvelous " The Space Between Us" is another winner, pushed gently along by a bright drum beat, giving Thody the pulse to sing her heart out ("It cuts like a knife"), pure, crystalline, nuanced and almost Kate Bushian , while Leamon cooks up a gargantuan feast on the guitar ovens! "Misunderstood III" is only a fitting conclusion, an Olfieldian keyboard trance sets the stage for some extraordinary explorations that recall Fink Ployd in more ways that one, with more poignant lyrics from the depressed voice, Gilmour styled mustang ride takes this far into the sunlit heavens , cacti bowing spinally as the blitz goes by, a heated missile searching only to explode in total release mode.

My advice to this promising newbie is to take the shorter pieces and blend in the splendid Crimson Sky spices, stewing them a bit longer in the pot and give the brew some deserving TLC. There are 40 minutes of frankly exhilarating prog here and bodes well for a red skies at night triumphal sophomore release. Thanks again prf

4 quarrelling cherries

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Posted Sunday, April 18, 2010 | Review Permalink
3 stars Crimson Sky is one of the lesser known acts from today prog scene with one album released so far in 2009 named Misunderstood. Well this is the type of crossover prog with some neo elements thrown in that I don't really enjoy much, is vocal oriented and only few instrumental parts. The band take influences from Magenta , specially in vocal department , Holly Thody has an ok voice , but far from the beauty of Christina Booth. Some IQ moments but again far and less enjoyble then the masters. This is quite modern sound, little chaotic in places and without to many pretentious passages. Not a pieces is better then other, maybe the longest and the most engaging one is A Sleep That Burns, has some good keyboards, the rest while are ok nothing really is impressive. Not really very promissing debute from my view but I hope their second one will be much better. Hardly 3 stars for this one.

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Posted Thursday, August 1, 2013 | Review Permalink
2 stars As much as i don't want to give a debut album a poor review, i have very little choice. Let's get one thing clear, Crimson Sky to my ears are not a Prog band, but a pop/rock band. Vocalist Holly Thody saves the day here with some fantastic dreamy and rocky vocals. The rest of the band seem competent enough, but after giving the album several spins, i cannot help but get the impression that guitarist Martin Lemon appears to only possess one solo - There is very little variation in his playing. Perhaps the band might consider adding a lead guitarist with more scope to his playing and possibly move Lemon to Rhythm guitar duties. While there are some very good moments on Misunderstood, most of it is pretty average fare.
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Posted Friday, September 13, 2013 | Review Permalink

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