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3.87 | 24 ratings | 2 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. We Are in the Time of Evil Clocks (6:30)
2. Klak (5:31)
3. Wordplay (8:21)
4. Scales of the Ebony Fish (5:33)
5. Settling of Bones (4:52)
6. The Discovery of Witchcraft (30:26)
- Pt. 1 Convent
- Pt. 2 hags 1
- Pt. 3 MadNight
- Pt. 4 Hags 2
- Pt. 5 Invitation to the Dance
- Pt. 6 Hags 3
- Pt. 7 Cavort
7. Evil Clocks 2 (2:47)

Total time 64:00

Line-up / Musicians

- David Campbell / guitars, keyboards, vocals; bass (tracks 3, 5)
- Angie MacIvor / sax, vocals, keyboards
- Aaron Clark / drums, percussion
- Claude Prince / bass
- Guy Dagenais / bass (track 1)
- Guy LeBlanc / synths (track 4)
- Rick Barkhouse / piano (track 6)

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10T Records

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THE REBEL WHEEL We Are in the Time of Evil Clocks ratings distribution

(24 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (42%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
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Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Third time's the charm for this Canadian outfit, with a CD as dark in mood and atmosphere as the title implies. Aptly named indeed, although witchcraft and not clocks is the dominating theme.

Clocking in at just under 28 minutes, the brooding, ominous suite The Discovery of Witchcraft" makes up almost half the playtime here, featuring eclectic pieces with a distinct heavy psychedelic sound spiced up with jazzy touches and a calmer, folk-tinged theme in the shape of Hags parts 1-3 nicely connecting the different pieces.

The dark and eclectic is very much at play elsewhere on this disc as well, from the non-melodic ominous soundscapes opening and closing the album - the former evolving into more of regular composition and the latter staying put with the dystopian textures - while the tracks Klak through Settling of Bones explore a dark, often heavy and always eclectic and varied musical landscape. For references think King Crimson, at least in approach. The overall sound has so much of a personality that for me no references really stand out.

A challenging, dark and adventurous production, that should appeal to those who prefer to emphasize the progressive part of the genre name progressive rock.

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
4 stars My first experience with the Canadian band THE REBEL WHEEL is their 3rd album WE ARE IN THE TIME OF EVIL CLOCKS. This is a truly eclectic progressive rock band with a whole host of influences ranging from the eclectic prog champions King Crimson to the spaciness of Pink Floyd and the wild time signatures of classic Yes. There is metal guitar, funky fuzzed out beefy bass lines and jazz-fusion saxophone and keyboard riffs. There are folk passages between highly energetic and heavy ones. There are both male and female vocals trading off when the mood of the piece demands it. In short this is one mighty beast of an album that tackles the ever so occult themes such as clocks turning to the dark side and even worse, witchcraft.

The majority of the album is filled by nice tastily composed instrumental jam sessions with vocal segments punctuating the often time consuming musical workouts. All is timed fairly well to keep your interest and the variety between the songs is surprisingly diverse. The first five tracks are very well constructed displaying their eclectic nature with gusto with titles like "Scales Of The Ebony Fish" and "Settling Of Bones." All tracks are melodic and have well thought-out developments and progressions. The highlight of this album though is by far the 5-star masterpiece of the album, the 30 minute plus 7-part epic "The Discovery Of Witchcraft." This track truly satisfies the progressive itch like few others do. It has heavy dramatic parts followed by folky atmospheric ones followed by incredible progressive workouts only to come back to a more subtly quiet passage. It cleverly ratchets up the energy and mood building crescendos until a satisfying climax is achieved. It is then ushered out with the ambient finale "Evil Clocks" which adds a terrifying layer of weirdness that makes you wonder how evil the clocks really are and if they are really as sinister and nefarious as THE REBEL WHEEL implies.

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