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3.94 | 114 ratings | 3 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Comatose (47:00) :
- i. Numb Pt. 1 (11:18)
- ii. Realisation (3:55)
- iii. Twisted Metal (3:29)
- iv. Ascend the Sky (5:15)
- v. The Sun (4:48)
- vi. Numb Pt. 2 (4:28)
- vii. No Going Back (6:19)
- viii. Awaken? (7:24)

Total Time 47:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Lee Abraham / guitars, keyboards, bass

- Marc Atkinson / vocals
- Diane Abraham / backing vocals
- Mark Spencer / backing vocals
- Rob Arnold / piano
- Gerald Mulligan / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Robin Armstrong

CD F2 Music - 201909 (2019, UK)

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LEE ABRAHAM Comatose ratings distribution

(114 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Wow! What a scintillating listen that was! I own three albums by Lee Abraham as well as his recent Galahad material and knew full well that this was quite the talented artist , showing delightful elegance on the terrific ''The Seasons Turn'', in particular the title track that first got me hooked , elated that Marc Atkinson was the main vocalist, he being one of the finest voices in music, period. Riversea have two masterpieces that I hold very dear, so when he grabs the microphone on this superb recording, I just know this will be killer! It is! The radiant choir mellotron makes numerous appearances, making this a symphonic masterpiece, from beginning to end. There is very little space between songs , making this more of a continuous suite, much to our listening pleasure. The theme is what makes this interesting , based on a person in an accident becoming comatose. Take that on your pink chin, Roger Waters!

In a faintly disguised nod to the Floyd, ''Numb part1'' sends this opus on it's way with immediate impact and intense intrigue as the life monitor beeps ever so creepily. Brooding softness prevails, acoustic and electric guitar vying for some comfort zone , all very placid until the booming drums announce the choir mellotron , cresting and surging , splicing a liquid lead into the maelstrom , heightening the angst into near metalloid realms. Ambulance sirens, troubled piano and Marc begins singing in his inimitable style, a voice that needs no effect but here given a parallel ''dying treatment'' in the chorus, Lee ripping a sizzling solo to further entice. Absolutely divine. This bleeds (pardon the pun) right into « Realisation » , another jewel in the crown, a sophisticated prog ensemble work that shines ever so brightly, guided by a Spanish guitar motif that emotes magnificently, choir mellotron in tow. Laced with another whirlwind vocal performance, Marc's expressive voice is quite a thrill, as the extended electric solo just carves like a knife. Things keep moving along in utter melodic perfection , tones of Jim Kerr of Simple Minds appear on the rousing « Twisted Metal », Marc hushing voice whispering dark nothings , as the band plows mercilessly ahead, Gerald Mulligan putting on a brief drum clinic. This is a killer track that seems to flow naturally, expressing the human softness trying to survive within jagged wreckage. Marc bellows magnificently on the searing « Ascend the Sky » , with its luminous grandeur and majestic aura, a gospel-like choir pushing the wave along, stunningly tailored with a clangy, stinging country-style guitar tone a la Steve Cropper. « The Sun » offers a pastoral funeral for a friend that is the premise for this bucolic , acoustic guitar and flute ballad , sorrowfully sung , a huge melody of momentary release . Very English ,very impressive and meticulous , made eventful by a patented Atkinson vocal, a thing of soulful beauty. As a farewell treat we get a slick acoustic guitar solo that defies the odds. « Numb part 2 » just keeps the tension rolling undaunted, I daresay defiant as Lee and Marc weave their creative magic, delivering memorable performances , getting heavy as the chug through tough terrain, swirling into the maelstrom of sound and slicing ferociously through the torrential mellotron waves, at break neck cosmic speed, supremely controlled and utterly devastating. The hot and sweaty « No Going back » slams hard , armed with another whopping melody , bruising drum attack, choppy guitars , making ''you want to reach for the sky, no asking why'', Lee unslinging a seismic axe barrage of monster proportions, what more could you want? Absolute diamond. « Awaken » closes off this gargantuan effort, a dazzling display of melodic, emotive and inspired singing and playing, relentlessly beautiful in its presentation and messaging. Lee rips a solo for the ages, one of the dizziest displays this side of Steve Hackett.

Everything here is perfect, memorable, thrilling, inventive and explosive, chock full of massive melodies that stick in your mind and coated with endless mellotron waves, superb soloing and kick-ass drumming. And need I repeat, the finest vocals you could possibly imagine.

My favorite album of 2019, hands down.

5 numb skulls

Review by friso
3 stars Lee Abraham plays bass on Galahad's 'Empires Never Last' album - a personal favorite - and I was quite interested in listening to his solo career. His 2019 release 'Comatose' is considered a major release, so what better place to start?

My first impression was that 'Comatose' is a 'Wish You Were Here'-lover's thrash metal album. Most songs have slow-pace symphonic-ballad vocals parts, some emotive guitar leads on symphonic carpets and metalesque instrumental sections. The classification of crossover prog is however well in place, because we're not exactly facing ground-braking ideas here. The key-word is harmony, professionalism and sounding recognizable. The vocals by Marc Atkinson are warm and professional - but again - by the book. Lee Abraham's guitars are well played, but I mainly like his harder riffs in which I can find some vague traces of originality. The production of the album is very well done.

The album, which on the tracklist is supposed to impress as a single long track, plays like a fairly normal succession of songs that one would expect on concept album. The album is about some-one who enters a coma, aks some philosophical questions, relives some of his memories (including being happy in the sun as a child) and wakes up (or not?). Sound familiar? The Visitor? The Human Equation? The Lamb Dies Down on Broadway? The difference with these albums is that - for instance - Arena's The Visitor uses the concept to explore a wide pallet of emotions and themes, whereas on 'Comatose' I can mainly find that one later day Pink Floyd emotive sympo- vibe.

I've been fairly critical of lack of originality here, but I would like say that is one my personal traits. Who is to say listeners of Pink Floyd, symphonic metal and crossover prog won't like this album just fine? To me the progressive genre is about finding spots that weren't yet discover on the map of music, or re-arranging them in a original fashion. Or perhaps performing them in some mind-blowing or personal way.

This album is however made by and for people who obviously love some symphonic rock traditions and are happy to invite yet another well-made work into their music collection. For me its good, but in no way essential. I must say its way more likely I will return to the 2019's Cosmograf release I recently reviewed (which I also gave this rating).

Latest members reviews

5 stars From the long 4 and a half minutes keyboard intro of the album, you get a first idea of what you are up against. Floydian - I take my time - intro, then at 4:40 the lead guitar appears and your first idea gets stronger. But then no, what is that? Is it a heavy riff? Oh yes it is and it's a damn goo ... (read more)

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