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TIMOTHY PURE

Crossover Prog • United States


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American progressive rock band from Georgia has made 3 albums so far, two of them are concept albums. With a lush songwriting approach and a conceptual and highly symbolic perspective on lyrics, the band excels in building up structures of emotional richness that allow for an uninterrupted storyline immersed in drama and sharp social analysis. Their music is a mixture of sweet atmospheres and fine prog passages. Certainly influenced by PINK FLOYD, they manage to produce a typical dark and melodic sound with very strong lyrics.

"Blood Of The Berry" is a concept album that tells a story of love and sacrifice. The music features light and dark musical tones and flows which is what makes this American band so good. The last album "The Island Of The Misfit Toys" (2000) is something more than a prog album: music and words seem to tell us a story you never would be over. This album describes the problems and nightmares children and adolescents deal with nowadays (mainly because of war or child abuse). Matthew Still has a beautiful and emotional voice, the instruments are played in a very subtle way and the production is high standard. Fans of bombastic or overly complex music would be advised to look elsewhere. This is very emotional music which should appeal to fans of concept albums. A must!
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3.25 | 4 ratings
The Fabric of Betrayal
1995
3.88 | 30 ratings
Blood Of The Berry
1997
3.38 | 20 ratings
Island Of The Misfit Toys
1999
3.00 | 1 ratings
Bones Of Ghosts
2005

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 Blood Of The Berry by TIMOTHY PURE album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.88 | 30 ratings

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Blood Of The Berry
Timothy Pure Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars A US band from Georgia, developing through the 90's around singer/keyboardist Matthew Still and bassist/lyricist Andre Neitzel.Timothy Pure released the album ''The fabric of betrayal'' in 1995 with Randy Brown on guitar, Chet Jameson on drums and Nick Savage on vocals, but according to Neitzel this work did not represent the actual sound of the group.Two years later Neitzel and Still were joined by Zod on guitars and Chris Wallace on drums to release the sophomore effort ''Blood of the Berry'' on Isosceles Records.Part of the album seems to be re-recordings of songs from ''The fabric of betrayal''.

A very atmospheric and sensitive album, ''Blood of the Berry'' seems to draw influences from the warmer side of PINK FLOYD (circa ''Wish you were here'' and ''Dividion bell'') into a style that also has strong hints from the early-90's MARILLION sound as well as some of the pompous stylings of ALAN PARSONS' PROJECT and eventually sounding close to compatriots NEPENTHE.Containg 14 short compositions, everything seems to be very carefully structured in this album, that propably lacks obvious dynamics, but focuses on clear, smooth and atmospheric plays with alternating passages from melodic parts to more lyrical moments.The PINK FLOYD influence is evident on plenty of the mellow keyboard textures and the almost spacey guitar lines, but there are also some more upbeat moments with more powerful vocals, upfront keyboards and an energetic rhythm section.Some excellent solos with a Neo Prog-flavor are also in the menu along with more contemporary techniques like the mass of distorted vocals.Thus, Timothy Pure sound like a precursor to many bands of the 00's, like NINE STONES CLOSE or COSMOGRAF, trying to fill their sound with both old-school and recent vibes.

''Blood of the Berry'' unfortunately lacks this monster track that would make this album absolutely essential, but be sure to face a well-crafted and highly atmospheric Prog release if purchasing the album, especially if you are a fan of PINK FLOYD and/or Hogarth-era MARILLION.Recommended.

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 Blood Of The Berry by TIMOTHY PURE album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.88 | 30 ratings

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Blood Of The Berry
Timothy Pure Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Timothy Pure's Blood of the Berry is a well-crafted neo-prog album with a sound harking back to the genre's 80s glory days. They don't attempt too many radical departures from what's come before, but equally they don't fuss around or waste time on unfruitful musical cul-de-sacs, producing an excellent album which plays to the band's strengths. Matthew Still's Floydian keyboard playing is a particular highlight of the album, as is the smooth flow of the album between tracks - in keeping with it being a concept album, there's no jarring shifts in tone from track to track, instead the emotional tone of the album being built up logically as the songs progress.

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 Island Of The Misfit Toys by TIMOTHY PURE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.38 | 20 ratings

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Island Of The Misfit Toys
Timothy Pure Crossover Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Island of the Misfit Toys is the third album from american rock/ prog rock band Timothy Pure. I found their previous album Blood of the Berry to be a pleasant listen and this album continues in a similar style.

The music is pretty normally structured rock but there are progressive tendencies. Some great melodic soloing and keyboard backing which reminds me a bit about newer Pink Floyd and Marillion. The mood is pretty sombre which is emphasised by the dark and emotional lyrics about innocense and childhood challenges.

The musicianship is is very good and the vocals from Matthew Still are emotional and pleasant.

The production is warm and well done.

The cover is eerie and strangely melancholic at the same time and suits the lyrics well IMO. Very well done.

If you liked the previous album from Timothy Pure called Blood of the Berry you´ll surely like this one too as it is in a similar style and quality. This is not music that suits my taste much but there is nothing wrong with the quality and the album deserves a 3 star rating.

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 Blood Of The Berry by TIMOTHY PURE album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.88 | 30 ratings

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Timothy Pure Crossover Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars This sophomore album was a definite harbinger of things to come as the next "Island of Misfit Toys" will consecrate Timothy Pure with prog excellence. The band came out of peachy Atlanta with a decent debut that had all kinds of promise plastered all over it. A few personnel changes to set the boat straight and a style is born, a strong spacey Floydian influence but thankfully without the immense showoff egos. Matthew Still is an effective keyboardist but an even better vocalist, owner of a dreamy set of pipes that amplifies the murky energy of the music and can snarl when needed. Andre Neitzel on bass does a lissome job weaving his down low notes deep into the rhythmic fabric set by drummer Chris Wallace. Guitarist Zod (yeah, I know.) does not attempt to be a guitar god (zod=god?), staying well within his tonal limitations and sealing the arrangements as a team concept and not 4 virtuosos showing off their chops. Let it be said right away, this is not the most complex material ever recorded but it has a very original style that reverberates often through the course of these tracks that flow into one another, as if one long suite. Not much change of pace either, Timothy Pure come across as jacks of one trade, relying on some superbly mysterious melodies to keep the doom moving forward. "Blood of the Berry" has some luminous moments, such as on the fantastic "Slide", the extraordinary "The Afterglow" and the lilting "Magdalena Hell", all imbued with a mystical haze that is quite attractive, even after multiple spins. There is a slight similarity with fellow American bands Singularity and Discipline, both having made some admirable recordings. While this is a good release and thoroughly enjoyable, it still lacks some fire in the belly which would catapult it into the upper reaches of excellence. The best is yet to come. 3.5 pulpous fruits.

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 Blood Of The Berry by TIMOTHY PURE album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.88 | 30 ratings

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Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Blood Of the Berry really surprised me as I was expecting to hear some Neo prog with dominant keyboards and a boring singer, but Timothy Pure turns out to be something else. The neo prog tendencies are there allright and especially Marillion is a band that Timothy Pure has listened to, but I also hear some Pink Floyd there. But generally I don´t think Timothy Pure really sound like anyone else.

The sound on Blood of the Berry is very warm and lots of chorus and reverb makes this a grand production which is something I really like. The keyboard and piano parts are not controlling the music as in most neo prog. The strong voice of Matthew Still is very much what the music evolves around. I also think the guitarist plays some nice things throughout the album without ever being original though.

The mood of the album is pretty dark which is a rarity on prog rock albums, and very welcome in my world. Timothy Pure seems pretty angry at times but it never reaches any heavy metal tendencies even though the feelings are very intense.

There are not many different parts in the songs and they are basically in the radio rock format, which is my biggest regret with this album. There are interludes of different things like Blood Of The Berry and The Interim but it´s not enough to make the album more exciting.

It seems like Timothy Pure has lots of talent and songwriting skill, but I think they need the last push for them to become excellent. all in all this is a very good prog rock album that could have been better with more deviances from the formula. 3 stars is fair here.

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 Island Of The Misfit Toys by TIMOTHY PURE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.38 | 20 ratings

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Island Of The Misfit Toys
Timothy Pure Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Where to begin ? This is a concept album about a group of children who all have names. It really starts with "who" children are in the first two songs. And this is represented by the "snake" and the "fly-man" more on that later. The songs go on to deal with certain aspects of the children's lives which include some disturbing facts. Other reviewers have explained this all very well how these dark secrets are sort of hidden, but it doesn't take much seeking to find them if you read the lyrics. What is so interesting to me was how the lyrics on songs like "Playground Politics" took me back to when I was a child. It also made me relate to one of the children in the song because that was how I acted in a group setting. Also a line in another song "Want to play ?" again took me back in time. I've had conversations with Finnforest about this very subject. How as children we would spend our summer holidays wandering around the neighborhood pretending, and playing, and investigating, and imagining, and seeking, and role playing. It was often a big adventure, playing games like hide and seek, and tag, and so on. Finnforest in his review of "Fear Of A Blank Planet" by PORCUPINE TREE touches on how "different" things are today from when many of us were children and pre- teens. Steven Wilson certainly brings out a lot of disturbing facts himself on that album. The music represented here does probably reminds me more of the ALAN PARSONS PROJECT more than anyone else. There is a PINK FLOYD element to this music as well. I actually saw this band classified as a Space Rock band on another site. This is spacey, dark, moody, beautiful and emotional music.

"A Damp Preserve" is beautifully done with acoustic guitar and vocals. There are samples of children playing in the background. This is where the snake and fly-man are first brought up. On their web-site the band says that the snake represents a child's boundless, inquisitive and exploratory nature. The fly-man represents a child's guide who is strong and supportive. So for example the snake would open the secret door, while the fly-man would walk them through it. The song "The Fly-Man And The Snake" has some good piano melodies and some haunting synths. There is a full sound 2 minutes in with soaring guitar that comes and goes. "Finders Keepers" is about getting lost as a child. I know it happened to me and i'm sure many of you out there have experienced this. This is a dreamy song with organ and some great relaxed guitar melodies. "Hush" is about a recurring nightmare. Again how many of us had bad dreams when we were children. This song is done amazingly well as it builds up dramatically, it's startling. The beginning and the ending feature female spoken words and piano. "The Engine Roars" shows how children start to seperate into different groups as they go about doing what children do. The music has reserved vocals and waves of synths. We now are introduced to a few of the children who are in the midst of personal struggles, as social skills are being developed. Some adapt while some seek to escape. This is like being inside a story, it's so well thought out.

"Tribes" shows the result of seperating into groups.The scene is at school during recess and the focus is on the named leaders of the tribes that have developed. The music has a good tribal beat with some great organ and guitar before it calms down to a finish. "Playground Politics" has terrific lyrics that should be read by all. The music is PINK FLOYD-like. "Mia's Game" is about her becoming aware of herself sexually. "Misha Superhero" has some great synth and guitar work. A harder hitting tune. "Island Of The Misfit Toys" has a mournful guitar melody before an uplifting passage arrives.The song becomes quite intense before a dreamy soundscape arrives.This song and the next one "Behind The Front" deal with Enoch's and his mother's abuse, both at the hand of his father. "Channels" features ELOY sounding synths to open with aggressive guitar right behind. This is a fantastic instrumental ! "Safe" is so emotional,it's about a child who is leaving home it would appear. Touching lyrics. The music is very ear- pleasing with the warm synths and guitar. "Soil" takes us back to the first song and must be read in light of that. It's about finding redemption, finding their souls in the damp preserve, that place where the snake and fly-man are. It's a difficult place to get back to when troubles, circumstances and life have turned us from children to adults too fast.

I grew up in a tourist town (I still live here) and my parents rented out cottages during the summer. We had 9 of them that surrounded our property. Most families that came stayed 1 or 2 weeks. I would have a new set of friends throughout the summer. Usually they would come up to me or my sister and say "Want to play ?", or we would go up to them with that question. Can you imagine as adults going up to someone you don't know and saying "Do you want to hang out today ?" or "Do you want to spend some time with me today ?". They would think we were crazy for asking such a question that is so normal for kids to ask. That is just one example of something that is lost when we turn into adults. We must "claw" and work our way back to that place of wonder and imagination to find ourselves once again. That is the idea behind the final song.This is another nice warm song with piano and synths. Very dreamy.

I can't remember a record that had such an affect on me, not necessarily musically but lyrically. I will be doing some imagining and remembering as I go to bed tonight and drift off into the island of misfit toys.

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 Blood Of The Berry by TIMOTHY PURE album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.88 | 30 ratings

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Blood Of The Berry
Timothy Pure Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This is a concept album. "A story of love and sacrifice. A lovely creature attempting to find a deep connection to the world. But this connection has a price". Overall this record is ambient, warm, spacy and atmospheric with pleasant vocals. There are a ton of lyrics on this album, so there's lots to delve into if your really into concept albums.

There is light and dark though, and it can be moody, to down right angry as in the song "Where Mercy Ends". When that song came on I remember thinking "Is this the same album ?" Even the title of this song witnesses to the despair that arises when there appears to be no one to turn to, no one to help. Other highlights for me are "The Aberration", a passionate song with beautiful guitar and piano. "Private Hedge" features lots of atmosphere and some haunting guitar after 4 1/2 minutes. "This Afterglow" opens with acoustic guitar and reminds me of PORCUPINE TREE before the male vocals come in. Female vocals take over a minute in. This might be the best song on the album.

"The Interim" is a short haunting piece with more female vocals that sing "I've fallen...i've lost myself...and i'm afraid". I really like the guitar 5 minutes in on "Without Words". "Ornament" has some beautiful piano melodies and reserved vocals. "Magdelena Hell" is one of my top three tracks. Beautiful, spacey organ to open as reserved vocals and synths come in. Acoustic guitar after 1 1/2 minutes as the sound gets fuller. The guitar soars in this one after 2 minutes. Cool atmosphere to end it. "Incineration Point" is dark and atmospheric as a heavy sound comes in. "Through The Fountain's Eye" is another standout, this is brighter, almost uplifting.

This music really pulled me in, it might be a little samey but I really like this style of music. The follow up "Island Of Misfit Toys" is even better.

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 Blood Of The Berry by TIMOTHY PURE album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.88 | 30 ratings

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Review by Serb

5 stars Balancing between neo-prog and sympho-prog Timothy Pure create beautiful conceptual product. A pathetic vocal, good guitar solo. All very qualitatively and professionally. It is possible to listen over and over again with indefatigable pleasure. It is recommended to judges of progressive fate of a high level. Arrangements the collective is very similar to such stars as Riverside and Satellite. Smooth transitions between themes, alternate with sharp peaks of fate. Do not pass, the album is worthy.

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 Island Of The Misfit Toys by TIMOTHY PURE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.38 | 20 ratings

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Island Of The Misfit Toys
Timothy Pure Crossover Prog

Review by Easy Livin
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4 stars To be included in the games they must know their roles and don't complain, for these are the rules of the playground.

There's a real dichotomy here between the lyrics and the music. At first glance and on a superficial level, we have a light melodic almost pop prog album. Listen a bit more closely though, and you'll suddenly find you're in a the middle of a disturbing nightmare. The themes dealt with here are dark, regularly venturing into taboo areas such as masturbation and child neglect. All the while through, the music is pleasant, even occasionally upbeat.

Musically, and to some extent thematically, there are similarities with the period of PINK FLOYD dominated by Roger Waters, perhaps even stretching back to "Dark Side of the moon". There's also hints of CAMEL, THE MOODY BLUES and especially the ALAN PARSONS PROJECT in terms of the vocals and harmonies. The guitar work is generally somewhere between Hackett and Gilmour, with tracks such as "Channels" and "Safe" highlighting the band's instrumental capabilities. This though is not an album for those seeking lengthy symphonic instrumentation, the emphasis being primarily atmospheric rather than virtuoso.

There is a continuity to the music which makes for a very relaxing mood. The lyrics aside, Nothing is particularly challenging here. If you enjoy the music you will do so on first hearing, this is not one of those albums which demands repeated listening before you get it.

The fact that the music does flow so well is in part down to a certain amount of sameness throughout the album. The lack of variety may cause some to feel that the album is a bit bland and over long.

Turning back to the lyrics of André Neitzel, they remind me in some ways of a line manager I once had. He spoke is a very gentle way and was so quiet, it was sometimes difficult to hear him. When you did tune in though, you became aware that he was cursing and swearing, and making vitriolic and offensive comments. Here, the lyrics may not be directly offensive, but they vividly describe situations and events which many will find distasteful. For the voyeurs who find some of the lyrics difficult to make out, they are repeated on the band's website.

In all, a highly enjoyable light prog album with a real sting in the tale.

Addendum - I would commend to you James Lee's superbly written review of this album.

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 Blood Of The Berry by TIMOTHY PURE album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.88 | 30 ratings

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Timothy Pure Crossover Prog

Review by crimso57

4 stars I've been listening to prog rock for as long as I've been listening to music. I have to say that the four songs I've hear by this band, are some of the best pieces I've heard in quite some time. Go to the band's sight and get some tunes from Blood of the Berry. I promise you'll be taken by it as I've been. Good writing, playing, and super production. In a day when most music heard on the radio is crap, this will be a blessing to your ears. And don't forget to download their song here as well. Killer tune. As for this sight, Prog Archives, they have turned me on to so much great domestic as well as foreign prog. Thanks for such a cool sight!

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