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3.52 | 30 ratings | 3 reviews | 7% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Frieze (2:50)
2. Skrik (3:05)
3. Sadness Under the Belt of Venus (3:33)
4. A Winter Storm on Spring Blossoms (4:05)
5. Equal Adoration (4:28)
6. Bridge of Anxiety (2:39)
7. Despair (2:51)
8. Metabolism I: The Tree of Life (2:41)
9. Metabolism II: Mother Nature's Sanctuary (6:03)
10. Metabolism III: Spring (6:42)

Total Time 38:57

Line-up / Musicians

- Robin Boer / keyboards, lead vocals
- Shardan Stream / guitars, samples, vocals
- Karsten van Straten / drums, percussion
- Thefar Side / basses

Releases information

CD, Digital released on Clock Tower Records April 12, 2020.

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LUNAR CLOCK The Scream of Nature ratings distribution

(30 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (37%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

LUNAR CLOCK The Scream of Nature reviews

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Review by Rivertree
4 stars This quartet has its homebase in the Netherlands and provides a very nice progressive art rock album with strong symphonic traces. Apart from the origin and the involved musicians there's yet, at this time, not much known about LUNAR CLOCK. However, the debut album 'The Scream Of Nature' reflects a very intensive engagement in the works of Edvard Munch, a Norwegian painter. Alongside with the album title the cover art shows a clear reference to his probably most famous work 'The Scream' from 1895. All the ten songs are inspired by different paintings. When it comes to the particular deeper sense ... they recently have started to describe their approach on the official facebook page.

Without exception all musicians are (inter)acting on a high level. Robin Boer serves fine lead vocals, the kick-off Frieze comes with great attitude definitely, while setting up an ambitious polyphonic presence. And moreover he rules while taking care of diversified keyboard stuff, oftenly symphonic tinged as noted beforehand. The second track Skrik aditionally adds a space ambient note, while the excellent A Winter Storm On Spring Blossom provides jazzy electric piano too, lively bass input and expressive guitar solo on top. And finally Part III of Metabolism puts another cherry on the cake.

Do not skip! Otherwise you might miss something. I would say there is not any centerpiece song given really. Many contemporary genre albums are provided with an extended title track, where the respective crew is willing to give all blood and sweat at once. Each and every song comes relatively short here, but I'm sure the concept includes that you absolutely should listen to the entire album in one go. Respect! LUNAR CLOCK have recorded an essential addition to your progressive rock collection.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars A quartet from The Netherlands uses music to express their interpretations of the works of Edvard Munch-- exploring one of the sure-fire domains of the potential of progressive rock: the interpretation of other art forms through music. A little too saccharine and simple for my tastes. Could be the BEACH BOYS 2020 because of the vocals, melodies, and experimental song structures and forms expressed here.

1. "Frieze" (2:50) synth waves/wind with percussion and voices. Reminds me of the opening of MOON SAFARI's highly acclaimed 2008 album, Blomljud or something by New Jersey's ADVENT. (4.25/5)

2. "Skrik" (3:05) more shoreline water sounds with electric keyboards and electronic percussion open this one for 50 seconds before the band bursts forth with a two chord foundation over which Robin Boer displays his prowess on a Moog-like synth. Still more introductory and cinematic, not a fully formed song. (8/10)

3. "Sadness Under the Belt of Venus" (3:33) an interesting sound palette for the opening 90 seconds before everything turns left into a solo piano base for Robin to sing over. Nice solo instrument palette though most everything (other than guitars and drums) are keyboard generated. (8.5/10)

4. "A Winter Storm on Spring Blossoms" (4:05) BRIAN AUGER meets JOE SAMPLE with a MOODY BLUES-like rock palette in the (sparse) vocal sections until the second half when everything goes full-on rock. (8/10)

5. "Equal Adoration" (4:28) nice liturgical-like vocals and melodies over piano. Flutes only enhance the angelic feel. Once again, however, this song feels incomplete. Still, a top three song for me. (9/10)

6. "Bridge of Anxiety" (2:39) military drums and background bouncy organ are soon joined by electric guitar power chords and guitar-like synth chords. Nice Moog soloing over the top. (4.5/5)

7. "Despair (2:51) brooding piano joined by Robin's Thom Yorke/Steven Wilson vocal. Another top three song. (4.5/5)

8. "Metabolism I: The Tree of Life (2:41) opens with cheap 1990's keyboard synth strings over which electric guitar delicately cries. (4.5/5)

9. "Metabolism II: Mother Nature's Sanctuary" (6:03) (8.25/10)

10. "Metabolism III: Spring (6:42) nice PINK FLOYD-like synth foundation over which guitarist "Shardan Stream" finally gets to shine. Nice tune. (8.75/10)

Total Time 38:57

B-/3.5 stars. Worth checking out!

Latest members reviews

4 stars Good news from The Netherlands. Dutch four piece formation Lunar Clock evolved out of the band Rams & Bulldogs that focused primarily on playing songs by The Beatles, Paul McCartney and Wings. When the band fell apart in 2014, Robin Boer and Dirk de Gooijer (bass and guitar) moved on writing ... (read more)

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