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3.66 | 13 ratings | 5 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Running Interference (2:08)
2. Silent Monster (6:27)
3. Changes With The Day (11:15)
4. Some Shall Search (12:20)
5. Do Whispers Die? (8:18)
6. The Story (9:20)

Total time: 00:49:49

Line-up / Musicians

- Chris Rodler / acoustic & electric Guitars, guitar synth and keyboards
- Melissa Blair / lead & harmony vocals
- Brett Rodler / drums

- Kevin Hultberg / Fretless bass guitar and five string bass solo on track 5
- Dave Rasicci / bass guitar on track 6
- Mike Ohm / guitar solos
- George Jordan / guitar solos
- John Gratto / keyboard score for track 2

Releases information

CD: Progressive Music Management PMM-0200 (1997)

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LEGER DE MAIN Second First Impression ratings distribution

(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(23%)
Good, but non-essential (46%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by progaeopteryx
5 stars It took me a long time to get into this release by Leger de Main, but it was well worth my patience. Upon my first listen nearly a year ago, I would have rated it between three and four stars, but I am now convinced that this album is definitely worth five stars. Other than an above-average instrumental introduction, every track on this is exceptional. Although I haven't listened to their 1995 debut, I understand that it is in the progressive metal domain. Second First Impression is more closer to a mix of symphonic prog and art rock with some metal influences.

Second First Impression begins with an eerie sounding instrumental prelude. Nice, but it wouldn't stop a road runner in its tracks. However, things really begin to kick in on Silent Monster, the second track, being a highly energetic, sometimes chaotic instrumental. The song brings out influences from both Yes and ELP, has an incredible performance on the drums by Brett Rodler, and some powerful guitar work by George Jordon, nodding in the direction of Steve Howe. The third track, the 11+ minute Changes With the Day, is a great song. Vocalist Melissa Blair has a lovely voice, similar to Lana Lane, but much more pleasing to the ears. Oddly enough, in parts of the song, her delivery (not sound) is similar to Geddy Lee, which brings a distinct "Rushness" to the overall feel of the song. It's also a bit reminiscent of Mostly Autumn. The fourth track, the 12+ minute Some Shall Search, reminds me of a mix of early Anekdoten and Rush. Another great song, although it's probably a little too long and not as good as the previous track. The guitar work is wonderful. The remaining two tracks are both fantastic, again showing Anekdoten and Rush similarities, but also sounding unlike anything I've heard before.

Overall, a masterpiece, but one that took a lot of time to grow on me. I had difficulties getting through the whole thing on the first listen, but now I consider it one of the essentials of my collection. Leger de Main has influences from Rush, but with a darker sound, like Anekdoten mixed in. Influences aside, they do carry a sound that is quite unique. Incredibly energetic, with a great drummer, a great vocalist that sometimes uses a Geddy Lee vocal delivery, and some amazing guitar work. Highly recommended masterpiece. Easily worth five stars.

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Another box under Progressive Metal .

Why do I say so? It's because of the kind of music Leger de Main plays is quite different with those delivered by Dream Theater - who has been widely used as reference in any progressive metal scene - or Symphony X or even Pain of Salvation. They are different in style and approach you can feel it right away when you listen to this album for the first time. You might have expected some heavy riffs in the vein of "Metropolis" for example, but unfortunately .. you can hardly find such riffs typical with any Dream Theater song. Their riffs are different in nature. The riffs are not created to accentuate some parts of the music - typically just before interlude or during transition pieces - but they are more directed toward making the riffs as part of the whole composition - like guitar solo as natural part of a composition. That's the way I see the band's music.

Do you want a great example? Take the second track "Silent Monster" which basically a dynamic instrumental song but it has great variation of styles and chords throughout this relatively not long song. What I like about this song is the fact that it cannot be predicted from the musical patterns they have laid down in the music making. I feel like being challenged with the band to guess "what's next?" after certain acrobatic parts. You will get a surprise, in fact, when the third track "Changes With The Day" (11:15) enters your listening pleasure. It starts with eerie keyboard work and acoustic guitar fills followed beautifully with vocal line by a female vocalist Melissa Blair. You might recall the music of Annie Haslam and Renaissance but it's different and I don't think that this is a prog metal scene with heavy riffs. It sounds like symphonic music. "Some Shall Search" (12:20) is then performed with opening part which is similar to King Crimson music especially on its guitar riffs which remind me to Adran Bellew's style. The music flows in complex arrangement using keyboard, drum, bass guitar and guitar exploration. Composition-wise, this fourth track is quite challenging in styles and varieties especially with the non-linear structure of the song. There are some curved lines during the performance of the song. In fact in some segments, the style of the music reminds me to bands like Finneus Gauge or Echolyn even though not exactly the same.

"Do Whispers Die?" (8:18) starts off with low register notes of vocal by Melissa Blair which flows in mellow style and performed with strong accents. The opening part is just like typical ballad music but as the music flows into further arrangements, the bass guitar plays wonderful lines as rhythm section altogether with keyboard. Even though this track lacks touchy melodies but the overall composition, musically, is good. Personally, I do enjoy the bass guitar work. The album concludes with another excellent track "The Story" (9:20) which has good melody line and soundscape. The guitar work during opening is stunning especially when it's combined with dazzling drumwork. The keyboard solo follows the music just before the vocal line enters the music. Again, bassguitar is a dominant rhythm section. There is even segment that gives chance the bass guitar to perform solo followed nicely with guitar fills. The ending part with long guitar solo is really good.

Overall, I do believe that this is an excellent addition to any prog music collection. The composition is tight, with varied arrangements (in styles as well as textures), combined with solid performance - even though overall melody line is not catchy. Good music does not necessarily requires touchy melody, don't you think? Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars I do think this is an improvement over their debut "The Concept Of Our reality", but it's not much better. The female vocals that i'm not a big fan of are more restrained on this one, which is good. And that edge that the debut lacked is here, but on three tracks only.

"Running Interference" is an instrumental opener to get us warmed up. Kind of haunting really. "Silent Monster" is another instrumental, and if the first one didn't get your attention this one will. One of the better tracks actually with some actual instrumental fireworks (thankyou). The guitar is even a little dissonant late with a barrage of drumming. Nice. "Changes With The Day" is laid back with vocals, it does pick up before 6 minutes, but i'm not a fan of this one.

"Some Shall Search" has vocals which come in around 2 1/2 minutes, but it's the powerful instrumental work that has me impressed. This is a top two track for me. "Do Whispers Die ?" is another mellow song with vocals that leaves me indifferent. "The Story" opens with some cool guitar melodies as bass and drums come in. The tempo picks up and check out the chunky bass ! Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in as it settles a little. The tempo continues to shift the rest of the way.

Unfortunately I can't get excited at all about their music, even though these guys clearly have talent.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars 3.5 really

The second offer of this discret band, issued at same PMM label in 1997 , named Second first impression is almost in same league as first, but in places is little experimental, and the progressive arrangements are more then ok but not as great as on debute. Two instrumental pieces here , the second instrumental Silent Monster that goes in King Crimson direction (Red era) with some avant/experimental prog rock, not bad but nothing spectacular. The next 2 pieces are great Changes With The Day and Some Shall Search, here they are in bussines, and sows how underrated band they were. Complex and complicated aswell instrumental parts, melodic and yet furios, they combine so well some prog metal passages with prog rock elements that in the end they don't sound at all like a prog metal band, the arrangements are subtle and good. So, little less intresting then first one, at least to my ears, but still good for sure. 3.5 stars. Great band that goes rather to unnoticed in prog rock circles, and the Rodler brother are simply amazing, such high calibre musicians are hard to find in prog rock scene in last 20 years.

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3 stars This album is softer that Leger de main's debut, more leaning towards the folk prog side, with vocals sometimes reminding me of Lana Lane, After forever, or Within temptation. One can still easilly recognise the King Crimson influences ("ConstruKtion" period comes to mind), and to me the music ... (read more)

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