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3.57 | 55 ratings | 10 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The New Crusade (14:32)
2. A Coming Of Age (9:44)
3. Panic Room (12:13)
4. Heaven's Gate (5:43)
5. Scars Inside (4:33)
6. Time To Go (9:12)

Total Time 55:57

Line-up / Musicians

- Stuart Martin / vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Steve Cork / bass guitar, bass pedals, piano, keyboards

guest musician:
- Liam Green / electronic drums

Releases information

CD Konchordat Music KMCD1002 (July 2011 UK)

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KONCHORDAT The New Crusade ratings distribution

(55 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Before writing this down, of course I had to check my copy of their 'English Ghost' debut from 2009 again. I still find it a good starting shot, however a bit conventional though. Now considering them on 'The New Crusade' with an updated line up there is some obvious improvement to state. Overall this sophomore album comes more professional, the sound is clearer. Musically I find this less pathetic, more lively - visually it diverges from the debut's rather dark mooded appeal, the cover art appears quite typical for genre albums now.

KONCHORDAT's core are Steve Cork and Stuart Martin on this occasion. They have produced this album on their own, supported by Liam Green using Roland V drums, he makes a great job too by the way. The guitar is often focussed on riffs, which are serving a heavier edged backing. Keyboards are lushly deployed, often dramatic so to say, not that virtuoso as known from typical symphonic productions, but definitely a strong element nevertheless. Furthermore Stuart Martin is responsible for the vocals, more expressive and this consequently implies another positive change concerning the whole production.

The title track is an epic with shifting time signatures and moods, definitely entertaining. It all starts with ambient/psychedelic appeal - causing suspense definitely - and then changes to a typical uptempo groove alternating with vocal dominated episodes. 'Through the years we learn to face our fears' - with A Coming Of Age they are obvisiously reflecting their life experience coupled with some wise advices - addressed to the younger, by the look of it. And this song now shows the guitar coming out of hiding with more initiative.

I especially like the swirling organ and acoustic guitar shining through on Heaven's Gate where Panic Room rocks in particular, featuring some heavier Riverside sentiment - and at the very first time I really thought Mariusz Duda is shouting in between. Some reminiscences which are thoroughly legitimate I would say. This also applies to the nice terminating song Time To Go which - excellent sentimental (solo) guitar work inclusively - comes close to IQ in my opinion.

Apart from that 'The New Crusade' is an independent neo prog production for sure which grows with every spin due to the multi-variant compositions and an extra portion of melody. There is every indication that Stuart Martin has a large share here concerning this successfull effort. Although running shorter as the debut, the songs are more essential, well balanced. I've listened to a bunch of stylistically related music in the meanwhile, however this is still enjoyable - keep it up, folks!

Review by Conor Fynes
3 stars 'The New Crusade' - Konchordat (5/10)

Konchordat received some recognition a couple of years ago when they released their debut, 'English Ghost'. A band that certainly knows what it wants, this dual partnership is intent on letting the now-aging sounds of neo prog live on. Certainly inspired by bands like Pendragon and Marillion, there is a sure audience for Konchordat, but the lack of innovation and cheesy execution results in a fairly mediocre impression from me.

From start to finish, the two main ingredients in Konchordat are the synthesizers, and the vocals of Stuart Martin. The 'neo prog' scene has always been heavy on keyboards, but Konchordat almost entirely centers their sound around them. Adding the melodic aspect to this band's music are the vocals, which perform in a fairly straightforward neo-prog fashion; anthemic, highly theatrical, and brooding. What this results in is a sound that is best described as 'dramatic', but also rather thin, and cheesy. Throughout the course of 'The New Crusade', listeners are barraged by the same passe synth textures, and Martin's nasal voice is not strong enough to leave me wanting more.

The album does begin off on a pleasant note; the epic title track has a tense vibe to it that fits the album and song's title perfectly. There are moments where the arrangement is further fleshed out as well, which is all to the band's credit. The synths sound rather thin still, but times where harmonies are used give Konchordat a somewhat classical feel. For fans of dramatic, very British melodic prog rock, 'The New Crusade' should do well, but as a relative outsider to this sort of music, I am seeing so many bands doing this sound better than Konchordat. There is strength here, and though Martin sounds too much to me like a disciple of Genesis, his vocals should not disappoint the majority of listeners. The music is good, but tame by today's standards, hence a lukewarm rating.

Latest members reviews

4 stars I think I could best describe 'the new crusade' as 'prog with muscle'. You get just under an hour of hard hitting, edgy heavy prog that seems to fall into a nice area of between neo prog and hard rock. The keyboards are quite in your face at times, but not over powering. The first song is 'the n ... (read more)

Report this review (#551532) | Posted by taurus | Sunday, October 16, 2011 | Review Permanlink

2 stars If you love your neo/symphonic prog to death, then you should probably stop reading and go get the new Konchordat now. Otherwise, better spend your money more wisely. Don't get me wrong, I don't loathe this album, it is a decent, professional effort. I can listen to it and occasionaly enjoy one ... (read more)

Report this review (#549797) | Posted by lukretio | Thursday, October 13, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Konchordat's first album, English Ghosts, showed a lot of promise, though was not without its flaws - with The New Crusade the promise is fulfilled, and the flaws all but dispelled. The sound is clean, bright and contemporary - hence, I suppose, the 'neo' tag, but as the band would tell you the ... (read more)

Report this review (#515225) | Posted by amazingwilf | Monday, September 5, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I accidently found the website of Konchordat andi had there the opportunity to listen to two of the tracks from this album. I pre-ordered the CD instantly. In other reviews of this album i read that this album is seen as solid Neo-Prog with no new influences. In a way this is true. But this m ... (read more)

Report this review (#514909) | Posted by xxarie | Sunday, September 4, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This album is definitely for neo prog lovers. But neo classic prog . Simple neo prog..with no touches of the modern prog(atmospheric...some crossover ,some RIo... all musical or rhythmic additions that the modern neo prog bands are incorporating) This album is quite beau ... (read more)

Report this review (#512282) | Posted by robbob | Wednesday, August 31, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Another good band from the homeland of neo prog. It is no doubts neo prog is a deriative from symphonic prog, with some added spices. Something it seems like Konchordat has taken to their hearts. Their brand of neo prog has taken a lot from symphonic prog bands like Yes and Genesis. But the sou ... (read more)

Report this review (#511200) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Monday, August 29, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars 'The New Crusade' is Konchordat's second offering and so far has been played every day since it dropped through my letter box. We are gifted with almost an hour of hard hitting progressive hard rock, which is made up of 6 tracks, the longest of which is the  epic 'The New Crusade', clearly a so ... (read more)

Report this review (#510724) | Posted by slick | Sunday, August 28, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I was first made aware of Konchordat last year when I was given a copy of their first album 'English Ghosts', but was left rather underwhelmed by much of the album. It would seem however that the band have gone through something of a metamorphosis, because their latest offering 'The New Crusad ... (read more)

Report this review (#508935) | Posted by robert45 | Thursday, August 25, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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