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3.69 | 43 ratings | 5 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Change (3:42)
2. Crazy (3:35)
3. Frustration (5:21)
4. Salvation (3:20)
5. In The Void (4:16)
6. Closer To Doom (4:57)
Bonus Tracks:
7. Theme One (2:42) (From "An Instrumental Thing")
8. I, the Jury (3:13) (Previously released single '94)
9. Fight (3:19) ('92 demo)
10. Baron Saturday (3:44) (Recorded live at the Viper Room February 1996)

Total Time: 38:09

Line-up / Musicians

- Damon Fox / keyboards, guitar, vocals
- Andrew H.M. Jones / guitar, piano, vocals
- Richard Anton / bass guitar, vocals
- Steve Frothingham / drums

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BIGELF Closer To Doom ratings distribution

(43 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Greger
4 stars BIGELF are a group of four guys from Los Angeles. In 1997 they released a 6 track CD on the new label Third Hole Records in USA. Pretty soon they were picked up by the Swedish label Record Heaven where they released "Closer to Doom" with 4 bonus tracks. The music is built up by heavy Toni Iommi riffs, KING CRIMSON Mellotron, a domestic Jon Lord Hammond B3 and melodies that could have been arranged by Lennon/McCartney. The 6 tracks that were on the Third Hole release are of course the best tracks on this album, but the 4 bonus tracks makes this release even more worth it's price. The first bonus track are "Theme One (from "An Instrumental Thing")", and as you can see on the title, it's instrumental. The second bonus track is "I, The Jury". It's previously released as a single in 1994, and in my opinion it should have been included on the Third Hole Release, as it's almost as good as my favorite track "In the Void". The third bonus track is "Fight", a demo from 1992. It reminds a bit of the title track "Closer to Doom". The last bonus track is "Baron Saturday", and it's recorded live at the Viper Room in February 1996. This is a very good song with a super cool riff that ends the album. "Closer To Doom" are one of my favorite albums from 1997. Buy and enjoy!
Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars This is a good record, but there something about a band with vocals that sound like THE BEATLES fronting a band that sounds like a BLACK SABBATH / DEEP PURPLE hybrid that just doesn't work for me.

Some tracks like "Crazy", "Closer To Doom" and "Theme One" do sound great though. On the first song "Change", the vocalist sounds just like LENNY KRAVITZ, I swear if I didn't know it was BIGELF I would say I was listening to a LENNY KRAVITZ record ! On the plus side, I love the Hammond organ, mellotron and guitar riffs. I can see why this band would be a favourite of a lot of people, they have a hard edged sound with good vocals.

It just doesn't do much for me.

Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Oh boy, this is weird. And nice at once. And melody, it's one of the strongest I've ever heard in prog. Maybe over empathized. Really nice thing is that is sounds this way since second second (not first one, of course, there is calm 1st one), everything resembles 70s, or at least it sounds like it to me. Mostly synths. So maybe not 70s we're talking about, but more like emulated Seventies. Voice modulator sometimes. First track, Change defines how will the entire album look like, but rather by style. This is really (from what I know from 70s music) depth probe into past times. You can either love it, or condemn this idea. I think that this affects whole rating of this record, because it's not bad, of course. Just different.

3(+) for better first part of album, worse second one (Closer to the Doom for example). Despite being nice, I can't help myself, but feel this is kinda cheesy. I had difficult times writing this review, but also having myself listen to this again. Not that it's not my cup of tea, I though I would hapilly embrace all melodies I'll be able to find and to be honest, these tracks are actually entirely made of them. But it doesn't work, even if it should. Or lack working function just for me. More research needed, this seemed like easy catch, so I threw the bait. Let's see what future will bring. And other albums though.

Latest members reviews

4 stars It sounds "dirty" and groovy, and it sounds so 70's. Consentrated around the B3 organ it give us memories of the happy days some 35 years ago. Together with heavy guitar riffs it sets you back in time to remember how things was made in those days. Arrangements could very well be done by the B ... (read more)

Report this review (#66816) | Posted by | Thursday, January 26, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars As my good colleague Greger mentions, this is one of the better proggroups in recent years....and their Beatles,Crimson & otherwise seventies inspiration is apparent. I have to say that is by far...SO MUCH seventies without being from the seventies than youŽll ever hear!! They hail from US but th ... (read more)

Report this review (#27607) | Posted by Tonny Larz | Friday, March 19, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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