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LORIEN

Neo-Prog • United Kingdom


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English neo-prog band who mixes elements of YES, RUSH, MARILLION, GENESIS and PINK FLOYD. Initially formed in 1989 by writing duo Mark McLeod on keyboards and Darren Newitt on guitar, the band only became a quintet in 1993 after an ad in Melody Maker and several screenings resulted in the hiring of vocalist/guitarist Sean Filkins (ex-SOMA). Filkins, in turn, recommended his SOMA buddy, drummer Phillip Legende who joined in; bass player Geoff Curtis completed the line-up.

With its Tolkien connotation, their name is a give-away to their style as their highly melodic album "Children's Games", released in 1994, is very GENESIS-like, circa "Wind and Wuthering", with vocals reminiscent of Jon Anderson's and Nick Barrett's. Among others, the CD features a 19-minute track with PENDRAGON-like piano passages, some slow build-ups that ease into heavy progressive moments; it also treats the listener with various tempo changes and impressive guitar solos, intros and outros. The mix is a bit weak but the compositions are interesting and the musicianship fairly impressive.

Recommended to GENESIS fans of the 1976-80 era.

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3.97 | 42 ratings
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1994

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 Children's Games by LORIEN album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.97 | 42 ratings

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Lorien Neo-Prog

Review by RJN

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 fantastic solo album War and Peace & Other Short Stories, which is one of the top albums of 2011 by the way.And also Darren Newitt who plays lead guitar on Sean's solo effort, a fine guitar player he is. But this review is about the Lorien album, this is neo prog done at a very high level, well crafted tunes here with all of the ingredients that make an album neo, symphonic prog with lots of keyboards and guitars, very tight rhythm section and excellent lead vocals with really good lyrics. I do not see this as being easy to find, I was very lucky to get a copy of it,it really should be reissued, but if you can find it snap it up, if you are a fan of well done neo prog this album is for you.

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5 stars ANDERSON (yes) MARILLION!

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 !!!

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Review by Tailscent

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. In fact, this is good music.

I wouldn't know what to compare this band to, as I'm hearing a great mix of all kinds of semi-familiar sounds. "Children's Games" is the album's epic, and it's probably the best track on the album, though I'm growing fond of "Hold The Key" as well.

Really, the chance is small, but if you ever get an opportunity to get your paws on this album, I assure you it's well worth your money, even if you're not a fan of the particular sub-genre. They should really re-issue this one. It deserves at least that.

Yours, Tailscent

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