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3.75 | 23 ratings | 4 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Invitation (1:01)
2. Pitch the Wort (1:17)
3. The Return (5:00)
4. Leaves (4:19)
5. The Party (3:04)
6. The Gathering (0:55)
7. Fields (14:24)
8. Depth of Time (11:53)

Total Time: 42:03

Line-up / Musicians

- John McNamara / guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals
- Mark Cella / drums, percussion
- Tim Kelly / lead vocals

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M&M Music label

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PYE FYTE The Gathering Of The Krums ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
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PYE FYTE The Gathering Of The Krums reviews

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Review by tszirmay
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3 stars This is another unknown or at the very least, woefully underrated little ditty that furtively pockmark the prog landscape, an offering from New England that features some innovative textures that belie their New World origins. In fact, there is a heavy English undertow, with massive waves of mellotron as well as assorted other keyboards that flirt with the medieval progster-likes of Gryphon, Gentle Giant and the Morrigan but slashing it with a discernibly original taint. So who are these guys? Two, really. Leader John McNamara handles guitars, bass, mellotron, Moog and Hammond with wizardry and aplomb. Drummer Mark Cella keeps things sharp and percussive. They are aided by a few guests (Tim Kelly on passable vocals, Jim Ames on bass and Bruce Alger on soloing synths and organs). Tracks like the supreme "The Return" really have all the proggy goods, with stellar mood and spectral playing, a true treat that is a definite highpoint of this strange hard to peg disc. "Leaves" is equally bizarre, simple melodies swooned by a harsh guitar and romantic cascades of mellotron to give it even more British feel , sort of like a "heavy" Mike Oldfield in a way. The buccaneering organ swells on "The Party" are captivating, the strained vocals less so but the instrumental expertise is just so high quality. But best is saved for last, as the final two epics really blaze proudly in the night, crackling with broad strokes of superb craftsmanship on the 14 minute + "Fields" , such as the swirling synth web and the hulking mellotron passages and some spirited melodies expelled by both the voice and the synths. The soloing starts heating up seriously, infusing a strong cosmic-jam feel that is most delicious, the axe licks particularly intense. Lots of different mood swings on this menu , including some near-punk ranting, breezy fluff and synthesized bliss. "Depth of Time' is the fantastic closer, probably the most engaging track here, with great pacing and atmospheres. All in all, a valid testament to underproduced works that often have more courage and daring than some of those overpolished antiseptic ones. Veeeeery interesting...Keyboard zealots will have to kneel at this shrine for a sec . 3.5 crummy beers

Latest members reviews

4 stars I found very interesting this only work of the North American band PYE FYTE.. Interesting due to the fact that, same presenting certain similarity with some bands as for instance GENESIS, KERYE ELLEISON, PROCOL HARUM, FOCUS etc... Such influences are well diluted in the arrangements and only ... (read more)

Report this review (#295878) | Posted by maryes | Monday, August 23, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Well, its not a masterpiece, but then again its not a dog. If you like pompous keyboards a la 70's but with up-to-date recording quality and a shameless 'good time' feel, you could do a lot worse. I would probably have said 3 stars, but I'm actually going to say 4 to compensate for the misery who ... (read more)

Report this review (#118785) | Posted by wobbly | Wednesday, April 18, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Whooooa...this wonderfull record...was presented to me by my good friend and prog- mate Leo (thanks mate!!) its an absolute GEM!!! Keyboards a plenty and loads of Mellotron. So if youre into guitar solo´s an heroes ditto.. forget about it..this is pure keyboard/Mellotron magic!!! From the i ... (read more)

Report this review (#28544) | Posted by Tonny Larz | Tuesday, March 2, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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