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3.80 | 56 ratings | 4 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hold the key (5:20)
2. Lost For Words (7:52)
3. Losing It (9:23)
4. The Divide (3:46)
5. Children's Games (19:22) :
- (I) The Deadly Seed
- (II) Children's Games
- (III) Mama's Boy
- (IV) Gunner's Song
- (V) Children At Night
- (VI) One World?
- (VII) Twisted Smoke
- (VIII) Counting Bodies
- (IX) The Games Is Over
6. Love is (2:27)

Total Time: 48:12

Line-up / Musicians

- Sean Filkins / vocals, 12-string guitar
- Darren Newitt / electric & acoustic guitars
- Mark McLeod / keyboards, backing vocals, drum machine
- Geoff Curtis / bass
- Phillip Legende / drums, percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Steven van der Hoeff

CD Silly Insects Records ‎- Silly Insects 005 (1994, Netherlands)

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LORIEN Children's Games ratings distribution

(56 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

LORIEN Children's Games reviews

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Review by Prog-jester

Again one might wonder why I gave 5 stars. Incomparable to Essentials like GENESIS or KC early albums, LORIEN's one is another EXCELLENT example of Neo-prg and it's truly deserves to be rated as Masterpiece of the Genre. Imagine early MARILLION mixed with Polish COLLAGE and featuring JON ANDERSON (of YES) on vocals (and lyrics)!!! Awesome!

Opener is powerful Neo-track in IQ manner; "Lost for Words" is a good ballad with typical YESy coda; "Losing It" is a 9-min long mini-epic a-la "Forgotten Sons"; "The Divide" is another YESy tune, very good radio-ballad. "Children's Games", a title-sake 19- min long epic, can serve as an example of good and pathetic Neo-Prog in COLLAGE's "In your Eyes" or RED SAND "Mirror of Insanity" vein. SIMPLY FLAWLESS! Filled with dozens of moods and themes changing, it alone makes CD worthy of buying! Album ends with "Love is", a simple keys-guitar song, very romantic and sincere.

EXTREMELY RECOMMENDED to fans of MARILLION, COLLAGE, RED SAND, CLEPSYDRA and YES. Also every Neo fan must put this item into his wishlist. This is not just "another one...", this is a True Neo Gem and it's a Must !!!

Review by apps79
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3 stars One-shot British Prog band, which featured Sean Filkins on vocals and guitar.Filkins though was not among the original members of the band, which started in late-80's by keyboardist Mark McLeod and guitarist Darren Newitt.Filkins joined the band around 1992/93, at a time when he was a member of Space Rockers Soma, and brought along his bandmate drummer Phillip Legende.Geoff Curtis on bass completed the line-up, which recorded Lorien's sole album ''Children's games'', released in 1994 on SI Music.

The truth is that Lorien had not much to offer to the already grown British Neo Prog scene and their style was extremely influenced by MARILLION with some JADIS sensibilities in some vocal and a few guitar drives.So you will assume that skipping this album would not be a crime, in case you don't Lorien have at least some great musicianship, melodious textures and nostalgic 80's vibes to offer.Keyboard work appears to be much influenced by MARILLION's MARK KELLY and the guitar distortions are also inspired by the work of the British Neo pioneers, not to mention the FISH-like vocals of Filkins.Despite the presence of two guitarists, the sound is rather balanced and atmospheric with no particular heavier overtones, relying mostly on the poetic lyrics, the GENESIS/PINK FLOYD-ian solos and the dreamy keyboard moves of McLeod.As MARILLION did back in the 80's, the tracks contain different climates and segments with energetic, aggressive, romantic and melodic splits, delivered by the band in tight offerings with discreet symphonic keyboard orchestrations.The title track is a very ambitious effort by Lorian on non-interrupting 20 minutes of Prog music, scanning the Neo Prog fundamentals: A deep lyricism, melodic passages, powerful rhythms and darker soundscapes with a fantastic ending solo, MARILLION's ghost is all over the place again.

Lorien visited German and Czech Republic for the promotion of the album, but Filkins left the band soon after.This was the beginning of the end for the British band, its only other recorded document being on a cover of E.L.P.'s ''Tarkus'' on the 98' tribute album ''Fanfare for the pirates''.

MARILLION-esque Neo Prog, totally unoriginal, but composed and played with a fair amount of inspiration and passion.Nice melodies and atmospheres throughout.Recommended.

Latest members reviews

4 stars I have only recently heard this very hard to find album, Children's Games by the band Lorien. And I have to tell you that I was very impressed to say the least. This album features Sean Filkins who was the lead singer in Big Big Train for a couple of albums and who of course just released the fant ... (read more)

Report this review (#480862) | Posted by RJN | Tuesday, July 12, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Wow, this is a rare gem indeed. Jon Anderson (YES) goes neoprog! :D Or that's what it sounds like, anyway. This is a small band from the UK, that only released one album on the now-dead Dutch SI label. I was really really lucky to get my paws on a copy, and it wasn't even a bad purchase at all ... (read more)

Report this review (#95428) | Posted by Tailscent | Sunday, October 22, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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