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2.94 | 25 ratings | 3 reviews | 8% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Secret Garden (5:56)
2. Nightmare Days (5:08)
3. The Prophet (5:59)
4. Snow Queen (7:58)
5. Spellbound (8:57)
6. Fall of the Queen (7:16)

Total time 41:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Geoff Smith / vocals, keyboards
- Andy Gibbon / bass
- Mike Hagland / guitars
- Steve Leman / drums

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TIMES UP Snow Queen ratings distribution

(25 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(12%)
Good, but non-essential (52%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (16%)

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Review by apps79
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3 stars Times Up come from South Wales and were formed in 2006 by four rock veterans, namely Geoff Smith on vocals, Andy Gibbon on bass, Mike Hagland on guitar and Steve LeMan on drums.The debut album ''Storm coming in'' was released in 2008 and, according to the band, it was a Classic Rock album with some Prog influences.For their second work ''Snow queen'' they recruited three keyboardists, Ron Rogers, Richard Lawton and Dave Hughes with Sed Edwards providing also some bass lines.Recorded at Up The Lane Studio, the album was released in 2012, at a time when Geoff Smith had already parted ways with the group.

They have completely turned prog at this point, although the rhythmic and more Classic Rock-styled parts are never absent.Imagine the more pompous vibes of YES mixed with some Hard Rock-in' guitars and tons of flashy keyboards to come close to what this album is all about.The music is generally fast-paced and dense with a nice bunch of breaks, clean vocals, memorable vocal deliveries but also some intricate instrumental parts.The aim was apparently to come up with musicianship that doesn't lack demanding instrumental depth, but ends up to be striking and accesible and the guys eventually made a decent attempt.Powerful guitars and passionate vocals meet with neurotic keyboards, but the sound is also showered by some delicate flutes at times as well as some breaks into acoustic territories.Retro references are not absent either, light organ passages and even some Mellotron samplers are appearing every now and then to deliver a nostalgic mood.Rich, lyrical and dynamic arrangements, at the end the album sounds fresh and cheerful.Maybe the whole thing is a bit too pompous and flashy for its own good, but there is some serious talent in composition here, allowing the band to offer emphatic and quite long pieces with a balanced sound between guitar- and keyboard-led themes.

A band to keep an eye on.The long members' experience has been tranlsated into an easy-going listening, which still pays a tribute to the principles of Classic Prog.Recommended.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Snow Queen is almost the alternate soundtrack to an animated movie as if they could have recorded it for the classics; The Last Unicorn and The Swan Princess and would have gotten them a huge turning point for them and success to those films, but the music itself is astonishing and spiritual a ... (read more)

Report this review (#851398) | Posted by pinkeyes | Monday, November 5, 2012 | Review Permanlink

1 stars I had so many expectations about this last months many good works from British bands...and if they are from UK many possibilities to be not dissapointed . But..... If this band wanted to upload a music work for tube ...Ok interesting demo to visit....But an albu ... (read more)

Report this review (#775017) | Posted by robbob | Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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