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3.82 | 69 ratings | 5 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ancient Times (2:08)
2. Signs on the 13th (9:40)
3. Changing Directions (7:48)
4. Insects (11:12)
5. Hurricane (5:09)
6. Ambrosia (5:09)
7. Haemus (5:30)
8. Llits Doots Nus - Sun Stood Still (6:57)

Total Time 53:33

Line-up / Musicians

- Jos Harteveld / lead vocals, acoustic guitar
- Eddie Mulder / electric & acoustic guitars, backing vocals
- Derk Evert Waalkens / keyboards, percussion, backing vocals, arrangements, producer
- Gert van Engelenburg / keyboards, backing vocals
- Peter Stel / bass
- Koen Roozen / drums

Releases information

Concept is based on Immanuel Velikovsky's work "Worlds In Collision"

Artwork: Rafał Paluszek

CD Oskar ‎- 1059 (2013, Europe)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
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Review by Matti
3 stars Neo Prog by a Dutch band totally new to me, interesting. I'm having some positive expectations for this nice looking album. At first the low volume level fooled me until I understood to turn the stereo notably louder than usual. Yeah, all right, this is pretty functionable and typical Neo stuff, derivative mostly from GENESIS. Solid, clear guitar sounds and a lot of keyboards. The compositions too have some IQ style here and there, with some slowly built dramatic tension, but the music is never as effective as IQ can be.

The vocals are the weak link to me, sounding like a cross between PENDRAGON's boyish Nick Barrett and an effort to be a Peter Gabriel clone. Occasionally, at least on calmer parts, that effort succeeds, but frankly I'm very bored of vocalists who try to sound like Gabriel. Here it too often means just stuffy, bad vocals. Luckily many tracks are instrumentally oriented, so the vocals are not ruining the whole (nearly 54 minute) album. But honestly the level of compositions on this album is very uneven, variating beween pretty good and annoyingly bad ('Hurricane'). After all my wish of having found a new good Neo band was not quite fulfilled. Either 2 or three stars, since the best tracks may be potential growers.

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars LEAP DAY, from Holland, was formed in 2008, consisting of veterans from the Dutch Neo-progressive scene. They were signed to the Polish label Oskar in 2009, and since then three full length albums have been issued by the band through that label. "From the Days of Deucalion: Chapter 1" is the most recent of these, released in 2013.

Leap Day's third full length album is one that fits the description well made, well performed and pleasant to perfection. Apart from at times slightly weak vocals there's nothing you can point your finger at, and while it didn't give me any goosebumps while listening to it this is a production that has a defined audience that will appreciate it highly. If you love 80's and early 90's neo progressive rock, Leap Day is a band you should take note of, and their latest production one that should satisfy your cravings for more music of that kind quite nicely.

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
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5 stars And the award for `biggest mouthful but oh-so proggy album title of the year' goes to Leap Day's `From the Days of Deucalion: Chapter One'! The Dutch band have taken their inspiration for this concept album from the 1950 novel `Worlds in Collision' by Immanuel Velikovsky for this 2013 album, and that cryptic and fascinating work is ripe for some progressive self-indulgence! Turning a dated screwy pseudo-science book into a melodic prog album was always going to be a bit of a gamble, but despite the odd clunky or forced moment here and there, the band has completely succeeded. Taking little cues from the classic era of Genesis and the epic sound of Pink Floyd, but with a vocal personality all their own and little traces of humour, this atmospheric work is not only Leap Day's crowning achievement to date, but one of the finest Neo Prog albums in a long while.

"Hear the silent pressure, feel the growing tension...". With those words and the charismatic tones of lead singer Jos Harteveld, Leap Day delivers one of the most confident openers I've heard on a prog disc for quite some time with the two part `Ancient Times/Signs On The 13th', a shining example of perfectly executed dramatic build, supreme instrumental taste and a thoughtful lead voice. A mysterious chiming guitar introduction, a slowly approaching march of stormy military drumming and disorientating synths, moody ambient passages, and a searing electric guitar weave around a sublime chorus with slow-burn pressure. The foot-tapping `Changing Directions' lifts the mood instantly with some energetic lead guitar runs to open and close the piece on, an up-tempo beat and a truly infectious melody. `Insects' has lovely mellow acoustic guitar flavours over soothing vocals that not only has the unenviable task of turning words like `Aphids come by, crawling caterpillars they jump so high, high in the sky' (yes, really!) into a wonderfully flowing chorus, but then wraps it in sweet group harmonies as well (that even briefly offer some very Collins-esque `Wind and Wuthering'-era phrasings), rising and falling Mellotron wisps, stormy strangled electric guitar apporoaching tension and loopy darting synth battles.

`Hurricane' breaks up the pleasing sounds a little with a raccous and stomping Iron Maiden-styled heavy rocker with a bellowing repeated chorus. The stirring vocal, chunky bass and whirring Moogs of `Ambrosia' is a call to glasses raised - "Let's celebrate life now, drink with me, let's be immortal, eat with me divine Ambrosia", and it's hard not to be caught up in the occasion. `Haemus' carries on the merriment and positivity contrasting uplifting classic Genesis-flavoured instrumentation with tough lead vocals and heavy grooving guitars. It's then surprising that the band closes the album on an addictive instumental, `Llits doots Nus', that could have easily come off any 80's Genesis albums (if, you know, they weren't terrified of being a prog band by the time `Invisible Touch' rolled around), with it's pulsing beat, churning hard guitars and icy synths, but with a little regal fanfare bluster to end in a grand manner as well.

Accompanied with a lavish CD booklet that perfectly matches the colourful variety displayed throughout the music, this album is an excellent example of a band stepping up in a massive way, despite already having delivered strong work throughout their two previous discs `Awakening the Muse' and `Skylge's Lair'. Tighter melodies, tastefully executed instrumental passages without the need for drawn-out showboating, warm production and a surreal subject matter showcase the band improving everything they already did very well, while also setting the bar very high for not only themselves, but the Neo Prog sub-genre itself. High claims, no doubt, but along with Flamborough Head's recent `Lost in Time', Leap Day's `...Deucalion: Chapter One' lifts the Neo Prog standard to great heights, so roll on `Chapter Two', Leap fact, why not make it a trilogy?!

Five stars for one of my favourite Neo discs ever.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This is actually the first Leap Day album that I got, so I can't compare this album with their other works. But a true solid album it is! Just by the cover I knew this was going to be good. The head painted by the dots of the stars (Deucalion?) grabbed my attention right away. If you combine th ... (read more)

Report this review (#1080058) | Posted by GuntherW | Friday, November 22, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Dutch proggers Leap Day are around for quite a while now. They started back in 2008 and they were called a 'super group' right from the start just because almost all the band members played in other prog bands as well. But to be honest I never considered them to be a 'super group'. They're just ... (read more)

Report this review (#1076915) | Posted by yarno | Friday, November 15, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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