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3.89 | 53 ratings | 5 reviews | 47% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2021

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Sound of the Seventh Bell, Part 1 (5:44)
2. Reichenbach (4:02)
3. Insatiable (14:32)
4. Breathing (4:23)
5. The Sound of the Seventh Bell, Part 2 (7:56)
6. Cracked Road (21:05)
7. The Sound of the Seventh Bell, Part 3 (2:25)

Total Time 60:07

Line-up / Musicians

- Simon Caron / guitars, bass, keyboards
- Perry Angelillo / drums
- Steff / vocals

Releases information

CD (October 1, 2021)
Vinyl (December, 2021)

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(53 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(47%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
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Review by siLLy puPPy
4 stars While neo-prog may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one things of prog from Quebec, RED SAND has proven for almost two decades now that you can follow your musical dreams no matter where you were born. This creation of guitarist, bassist and keyboardist Simon Caron continues to nurture his love of blues and space rock guitarists ranging from Davide Gilmour, Andy Latimer, Steven Rothery, BB King and Albert Collins. The lineup of RED SAND has changed drastically since the band's 2004 debut "Mirror Of Insantiy" and on the the tenth album THE SOUND OF THE SEVENTH BELL, Caron tackles most of the duties on board by playing electric and acoustic guitars, bass and keyboards. Longtime drummer Perry Angelino returns along with vocalist Steff. For touring André Godbout has been recruited for bass duties and JB Lemire on keyboards.

RED SAND is one of those neo-prog bands that loves to craft those scrumptious mixes of old school bands like early Marillion, IQ and Arena and mix in heavy doses of Pink Floydian inspired space rock, sensual layers of keyboards and a mix of slower, mid-range and faster tempos. THE SOUND OF THE SEVENTH BELL is a concept album that is based on the seven deadly sins and following RED SAND's track record features lengthy sprawling prog behemoths that include the 14 1/2 "Insatiable" and the 21-minute "Cracked Road." Despite this band emerging from Quebec City, Canada, the hub of French speakers in all of North America, RED SAND continues to sound more like a number of bands from the British scene. Certain parts remind of Pendragon, others IQ, some Arena, early Marillion, Anubis etc.

Soundwise THE SOUND OF THE SEVENTH BELL is very much in the traditional neo-prog camp with bucolic ballads in the form of "Breathing" and intros to the soaring guitar solo led works of the Floydian inspired title track which is split into three segments but spaced apart in various track placings. Lots of arpeggiated acoustic guitar riffs reminiscent of Pendragon's most recent "Love Over Fear" and haunting atmospheric synthesizers building crescendoes and the proper mood enhancing spaciness. In accord with neo-prog characteristics, the pop hooks are poignant and prominent and Steff's vocals fit in perfect with the moody and emotive style that narrates the overarching concept of the seven deadly sins.

The most satisfying track is without a doubt the 21-minute "Cracked Road" which allows the various movements to unfold gradually with more twists and turns than the shorter tracks although all of the aforementioned elements are the fundamental basis for the compositional flow. There's even a nice section in the middle that reminds you of Pink Floyd's "The Wall." Overall, RED SAND will not win any points for originality as the various sounds involved have been staples of various neo-prog artists since the 1980s and the same can be said for the Floydian space rock sounds. When it comes right down to it, THE SOUND OF THE SEVENTH BELL is business as usual for a neo-prog band that has sort of found a tiny niche that exists between the cracks of other artists but in the end they entire album is quite impeccable crafted with a pleasing production and doesn't disappoint in entertainment value. While other 2021 neo-prog albums by Drifting Sun are much more exciting, this one is nonetheless quite satisfying.

Review by kev rowland
3 stars I know I am not as close the prog scene as I used to be but must admit to being amazed to realise this is the tenth studio album from a band I have never heard of. Formed by multi-instrumentalist Simon Caron back in 2004, this neo-prog outfit is also an active touring unit where they are joined by additional musicians, but whereas the last album (2019's, 'Crush The Seed') was by a quintet, here we find them operating as a trio. All three played on the last album, with Simon Caron here taking on additional roles and now providing guitars, bass, and keyboards alongside drummer Perry Angelilo and singer Steff. Hailing from Quebec, Simon produced it himself but then brought Michel St-Pere (Mystery, Huis) to mix while it was mastered by Richard Addison.

The bass is very powerful in this, reminiscent of when Neil Pepper was in Galahad, adding additional elements and runs which provide something of a funk element at times, and while polished neo-prog is the main approach there is also plenty of Floyd in what they are doing, combining different sub genres together to create something which is both approachable and interesting at the same time. It has the American polish which is reminiscent of the bands which broke out of the scene in the 90's, and although I have seen comments likening them to the early British scene, to my ears it is from that viewpoint as opposed to a direct influence. It never sounds like a multi-instrumentalist plus others, as this has a real band feel but the keyboards are not as dominant as one would normally expect within this style, allowing the ears to concentrate more on the vocals which are pleasant with nice harmonies and edge.

It does not have the bite one would normally associate with this style, and there are times when they fall between neo and Floyd and end up with something which can be bland and wash into the background, but there are also times when it is very interesting indeed. The result is a prog album which can be played in the background and not frighten anyone, but with not quite enough focus to be truly enthralling throughout.

Latest members reviews

4 stars A massive fan of neo-prog and always on the look out for new discoveries, I found Red Sand years ago and listened to all the albums. There were some absolute gems but also some so-so moments on each album that left a sense of something missing as a whole. THE SOUND OF THE SEVENTH BELL is a joy ... (read more)

Report this review (#2756087) | Posted by coldwindblows | Monday, May 23, 2022 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This is studio-album # 10 by the Canadian trio Red Sand since their debut Mirror Of Insanity from 2004, multi- instrumentalist Simon Caron and drummer Perry Angelillo are members from the beginning, singer Steff Dorval joined Red Sand since the second effort Gentry, from 2005. About the previo ... (read more)

Report this review (#2635601) | Posted by TenYearsAfter | Saturday, November 20, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars RED SAND, known personally in 2005 with'Gentry 'released their 10th album, more and more distant from neo to Marillion. Simon Caron, an absolute Rothery fan, had even slipped down nicely with the sound of Pink Floyd on their last album; reminiscences of Camel, IQ or Pendragon can be found there. ... (read more)

Report this review (#2606044) | Posted by alainPP | Thursday, October 21, 2021 | Review Permanlink

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