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3.35 | 21 ratings | 1 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Burden Of Hope (3:54)
2. Lord I Hate Your Day (1:49)
3. The Deed (5:32)
4. In The Beginning (3:25)
5. Invocation (2:06)
6. Space Prophet Dogon (4:07)
7. The March (2:25)
8. Broken Ballad (3:47)
9. White Flag (6:13)
10. Canyon Hymn (5:03)

Total time 38:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Alex John Hall / guitar
- Zak Riles / guitar, bass
- Timothy Horner / violin
- William Slater / bass, guitar, piano, Rhodes
- Emil Amos / drums, lap steel guitar

- Joshua Gilbert / baritone sax (1,5,6)

Releases information

Artwork: Alex Hall

CD Neurot Recordings ‎- NR 029 (2003, US)

LP Robotic Empire ‎- robo 053 (2006, US)
LP Pamlico Sound Mailorder ‎- PMLO 001 (2010, US) Remastered by Carl Saff

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GRAILS The Burden Of Hope ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars Another post rock band that started as a side-project for various musicians from more established groups, Grails ended up recording this first album in 03. What came up is an almost standard post rock but with shorter songs and less artsy-fartsy noodley bruitages in between the tracks or elongating them needlessly.

As the artwork suggest, there is a bit of Far-eastern influences, mostly induced by the violin that often borders Indian Classical music, the quintet is actually just as capable as the other better-known post-rock groups, often toying with volume and dynamics rather than changing tempo or using chord changes. Sonically we?re not far away from GYBE or DMST. The band being entirely instrumental, it?s rather not like EITS or Mogwai

It is now 2009 and it is only now that I?ve heard of these guys, chancing upon them as they opened for David Eugene Edward?s Woven Hand? European tour. By now the group has released 5 albums and if in concert there is a slight Ozric feeling, making the band oscillate between Psych and Post, I assure you that on record, they?re purely post rock. Neither good, nor bad, just average. Cool first album bur past the initial good post rock impression, this is little more than average for most progheads, who?ll have every right not to find the name of this band in a blindfold test listen.

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