Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


For Absent Friends


From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

For Absent Friends Decade album cover
2.79 | 5 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

Write a review

from partners
Boxset/Compilation, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (50:21)
1. The One (4:14)
2. Downtown (3:32)
3. Boy (6:43)
4. Father (7:29)
5. Attitude (5:10)
6. The Stone (8:45)
7. Passing Days (5:22)
8. The Bald, the Fat and the Ugly (4:29)
9. Moving On (4:37)

CD 2 (51:16)
1. Higher Level (4:00)
2. Into Love (5:39)
3. Different Faces (2:20)
4. Never Ending Rain (4:32)
5. Running Scared (3:53)
6. Faf (4:59)
7. Each and Every Day (7:38)
8. Dreamer (4:58)
9. Nights (7:31)
10. Fight '98 (5:46)

Total Time 101:37

Line-up / Musicians

- Rene Bacchus / bass, backing vocals
- Peter de Jong / keyboards
- Hans van Lint / vocals
- Edwin Roes / guitar
- Alex Toonen / vocals
- Edwin Wernke / drums

Releases information

2CD Red Sea RED 3004

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to projeKct for the last updates
Edit this entry


More places to buy FOR ABSENT FRIENDS music online

FOR ABSENT FRIENDS Decade ratings distribution

(5 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(60%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (20%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars An Easy Listening Prog .like Sylvan

Again, it's another band name inspired by Genesis' unusual song which in fact the music has nothing to do with Genesis at all. For first spin of the CD, I could sense that the music of For Absent Friends is more similar to the music of Sylvan or Carptree. Most of songs are easy listening and nothing is truly complicated. There are passages that lend themselves from the kind of IQ or Pallas music but for sure this kind of music is far away from early Marillion neo prog vein. You can find the kind of soft riffs typical in IQ or Palls especially on songs like "Boy" or "Attitude" and some sort of ambient music in "The Stone" - which has nice keyboard work and catchy melody. If you are familiar with Sylvan later albums, you would find close proximity of For Absent Friends' music with Sylvan. The vocal quality is also as good as Sylvan.

For those who like a bit complicated and similar to neo prog music might find it interesting to enjoy "The Bald, The Fat, And The Ugly" which in a way it's a combination of IQ, Jadis and a flavor of early Marillion. The keyboard player and vocal are very key in this band. The last track of Disc One "Moving On" might bring you to the journey of typical neo prog music with its keyboard-based composition. You will also find that the combined guitar and soft keyboard work at "Higher Level" is interesting as well. In fact, this is a very good song with catchy melody, powerful vocal line.

While "Into Love" brings you to the neo prog nuance with relatively upbeat music at opening followed with slower tempo when vocal enters. It continues in similar vein with "Never Ending Rain" which demonstrates dynamic bass lines and excellent keyboard work. "Faf" is another good track in relatively fast tempo with music in the vein of Pallas or Jadis or Arena. "Each and Evryday" starts with a beautiful soft keyboard work in ambient nuance followed nicely by vocal in mellow style. It's a catchy song with nice melody.

Overall, I can only say that this is a good compilation of music which can accompany you in your relax time because there is practically no complex arrangements from their compositions. It's digestible for most people, I think. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Latest members reviews

2 stars Dutch prog band "For absent friends" are supposedly inspired by Genesis and Rush ?? There´s absolutely no trace of either bands in this compilation. But there are moments ...hints....of make that... mellow....they are a softprog band from Holland. I think this is a Neo prog band.....they ... (read more)

Report this review (#26358) | Posted by Tonny Larz | Friday, March 19, 2004 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of FOR ABSENT FRIENDS "Decade"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.