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PENDRAGON were formed in Stroud, England in 1978. Originally known as ZEUS PENDRAGON it was decided fairly early on to drop the "ZEUS" as co-founder Julian Baker felt it was too wordy to fit on a t-shirt! There were several line up changes in the early days, members included Julian Baker (co-founder/guitar) Nigel Harris (drums) Stan Cox (bass) Robert Dalby (bass) John Barney Barnfield (keys) Rik Carter (keys). The one constant key element was Nick Barrett. The line up then remained the same for almost 20 years, featuring : Nick Barrett (guitar/lead vocal) Clive Nolan (keys) Peter Gee (bass) and Fudge Smith (drums), until 2006 when PENDRAGON and Fudge Smith parted ways.

Todate there have been 21 releases from PENDRAGON who set up their own label "TOFF RECORDS" in the late 1980's following the release of "The Jewel" and "KowTow" (as well as a couple of mini albums). "The Masquerade Overture" is probably their most acclaimed work todate. Although a recent change of direction with "Believe" has seen opinions somewhat split, it is definitely a remarkable album and maybe showing a move away from classic Neo-Prog.

I would highly recommend this band to anyone enjoying neo-prog.

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PENDRAGON top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.28 | 231 ratings
The Jewel
1985
2.57 | 174 ratings
Kowtow
1988
3.75 | 319 ratings
The World
1991
3.90 | 355 ratings
The Window Of Life
1993
3.95 | 500 ratings
The Masquerade Overture
1996
3.86 | 376 ratings
Not Of This World
2001
3.54 | 327 ratings
Believe
2005
3.90 | 527 ratings
Pure
2008
3.72 | 449 ratings
Passion
2011
3.65 | 112 ratings
Men Who Climb Mountains
2014

PENDRAGON Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.18 | 48 ratings
9:15 Live
1986
2.33 | 32 ratings
The Very Very Bootleg Live In Lille France 1992
1993
3.58 | 40 ratings
Utrecht ...The Final Frontier
1995
3.97 | 41 ratings
Live In Krakow 1996
1997
3.33 | 49 ratings
Acoustically Challenged
2002
3.90 | 23 ratings
Liveosity
2004
4.07 | 59 ratings
Concerto Maximo
2009
4.12 | 40 ratings
Out of Order Comes Chaos
2013

PENDRAGON Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.16 | 49 ratings
Live At Last ... And More
2002
3.97 | 51 ratings
And Now Everybody To The Stage
2006
3.93 | 59 ratings
Past And Presence
2007
4.42 | 81 ratings
Concerto Maximo
2009
4.56 | 32 ratings
Out Of Order Comes Chaos
2012

PENDRAGON Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.87 | 35 ratings
The Rest of Pendragon
1991
2.38 | 7 ratings
1984-96 Overture
1998
2.50 | 32 ratings
Once Upon A Time In England Volume 1
1999
2.41 | 28 ratings
Once Upon A Time In England Volume 2
1999
3.42 | 25 ratings
The History 1984-2000
2000
4.09 | 4 ratings
A Histˇria
2001
4.29 | 7 ratings
The Round Table
2001
4.67 | 3 ratings
Introducing Pendragon
2013

PENDRAGON Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.20 | 44 ratings
Fly High Fall Far
1984
1.64 | 21 ratings
Red Shoes
1987
2.27 | 17 ratings
Saved By You
1991
2.41 | 8 ratings
Nostradamus
1993
3.64 | 75 ratings
Fallen Dreams And Angels
1994
3.38 | 59 ratings
As Good As Gold
1996

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 Men Who Climb Mountains by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.65 | 112 ratings

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Men Who Climb Mountains
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by Deathangel

3 stars More than just 'E for Effort'

I've been trying to come up with a nice way of saying what I want to say about this album as I do like Pendragon. Their previous efforts have been patchy to say the least, but they do always make me think that the world is a better place with them. They've never been the most original band in the world: they've deftly moved from Camel clones to (wannabe) Porcupine Tree clones. Fair enough, its good to see a band evolve, I'd just like to hear more Pendragon and less anyone/everyone else.

With Men Who Climb Mountains they seem to have spread their musical 'influences' wider to incorporate Coldplay (Faces Of Light), film soundtrack (Belle Ame & Beautiful Soul / 28 Weeks Later theme) and a host of other Artists. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it does become a bit blatant at times, although not as much as on previous albums.

For a lot of people the Pendragon sound is all about Nick's guitar and it must be said there's some very nice playing here. I particularly like the leads in In Bardo and Netherworld (although its a pity to downplay the great keyboard lead sound in Netherworld with so few notes!).

Not a bad album, and definitely good to hear Pendragon trying something a little different - some interesting twist and turns in stand out track Come Home Jack, with a very tasty guitar solo at the end - so its definitely more than just an 'E for Effort' album. The biggest letdown, as always: the vocals (sorry Nick). I really want to like Pendragon a lot, but the vocals always come across as slightly comedic. This seems to work on the lighter, more traditional prog tracks, but for the kind of material on Men Who Climb Mountains you need some real conviction in the vocal department and I'm not convinced that Nick is capable of that kind of performance.

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3.65 | 112 ratings

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Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by lazland
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4 stars A new Pendragon album is always, for this long-term fan, a big event. And, as ever, Nick Barrett and his cohorts do not disappoint with yet another class slab of thoughtful progressive rock.

I ordered this from my favourite progressive rock store, Caerllysi Music, and was pleasantly surprised to see that the double cd had Nick's signature emblazoned over it.

It is a rarity that I mention bonus cd's, which is what, in effect, the second disc is, being an acoustic set performed by Nick at a mate's boozer. It is far better than that sounds. In fact, some of it is a revelation, given that the expansive sound we have always associated with Pendragon would not, you would have thought, lend itself to such a stripped out environment. Listening to Green and Pleasant Land, the standout track from Passion, is incredible. The lyrics, and the brilliant anger generated against the knobheads running my country, bringing it to the sorry state it finds itself in, is expressed even more pointedly in this setting than in the original, which I would not have thought possible.

But, to the main event. When you have opening tracks which sing and mourn as to how your beautiful soul will be saved, and end with such an expressive paean to the human condition, then you know that you are in for another treat. Every single review I read from professional journalists always seem to make an excuse for Nick Barrett somehow not having a particularly fine voice, but, patronisingly, state "hey, it works well here". Take no notice of them. There is nobody on God's earth capable of expressing this man's lyrics and music in such a poignant fashion as the man himself, so just enjoy.

The key to this album is the emotion generated from wildly divergent moods, and, with all emotional albums, it requires damned fine playing to bring it to life. Barrett is one of rock music's finest unsung guitar heroes, and his work here is staggering. Some of Clive Nolan's piano work, especially, is enough to bring the hairs on the back of your neck standing up, and listening to his staggering keys work on In Bardo makes you realise just how important a musician he really is. The rhythm section of longstanding bassist Peter Gee, who makes his instrument sing like a lead instrument in parts, and new drummer, Craig Blundell (replacing the incredible Scott Higham), move things along at a fair old pace. Blundell, by the way, is more suited to this album than Higham would have been. I believe, listening to this, that we have the reason why he left.

That is not a criticism of Higham. It is just that I believe, in about three albums time, or so, we will regard MWCM as being as important a change of direction as we now know Believe was when Barrett took the band from its overt symphonic leanings to a far heavier and experimental direction. This one retains much of what was good about that new era, but takes it in a far more song orientated direction, and the end result is a pleasing amalgam.

Some of the riffs on Come Home Jack, for instance, are thunderous, but are tempered by some quite exquisite moments, and the lost yearning inherent in the lyrics and guitar bursts is quite moving - this is not an album about mountaineers, per se. This is an album dealing with the human condition, written by a master songsmith going through a period of deep contemplation. No more, no less. As you listen to the song this segues into, In Bardo, the differing emotions come to the fore, the title itself suggesting a transition between differing states and phases.

The following two tracks constitute, to me, all that is best about this band and album. Two pieces of music which have to be enjoyed and contemplated as one, dealing with hugely diverse emotions. Firstly, we have the uplifting, major key, Faces of Light, which has the return of the delightful Tiggy accompanying Barrett on vocals. This leads into the altogether darker affair of Faces of Darkness, probably the one track on this album which comes closest to the musical ferocity of recent predecessor albums, and the sense of betrayal inherent in the lyrics and mood of the music is biting. The contrast between these two tracks is progressive rock at its best; thoughtful, challenging, and bringing something new to the table with each listen.

I have never been particularly good at interpreting lyrics, as such. That is not a bad thing, or a particularly personal criticism of myself. After all, the only person who really knows what he, or she, is writing about, is the author. What I can say, though, is that I am 50 next month, and it is fair to say that I have been rather thoughtful and reflective in the last couple of years, with close friends no longer with me. You could call it a mid-life crisis, I suppose. The lyrics and music on this fine piece of work shout to me. I get them. I understand, without necessarily knowing precisely what Barrett means by a particular set of words. The incredible final track, Netherworld, that destination of souls not quite saved enough to reach heaven, in particular, means so much to me, because I know I am not perfect, I have faults and fears. This album shouts out to me that one of my favourite band's and lyricist's is still able to move me and I can still relate to him and them in the same fashion as I could as a callow young man when they first delighted me with their music. Not a bad testimony to Pendragon, is it? It is very keenly meant on my behalf. You know, I often tell myself that "God only knows", as Barrett opines on Explorers of the Infinite, the longest track on the album. The music, in particular the symphonic soundscape created by the ensemble, simply oozes feeling and yearning.

Four stars for this. An excellent album which, I know, will be a precursor to a fine and outstanding new era for a fine and outstanding band. This is 64 minutes of pure and utter pleasure, and comes highly recommended.

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3.65 | 112 ratings

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Men Who Climb Mountains
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Honestly, this is one came across as a big disappointment. I tried very hard to like this CD and, in a way, I did. That┬┤s exactly the problem: I had to push too much. Believe, Passion and Pure might have not be masterpieces, but they did have some real good stuff on them. I mean, they all had at least one very strong tune that you can call a "real" Pendragon gem. This one does not. Please, don┬┤t get me wrong. It┬┤s not bad. the problem here seems that all tracks start very well but don┬┤t go anywhere, there┬┤s a kind of build up that never reaches a climax, it just keeps going on and on and on. The only exception to the rule, but not much, is the 11 minute Explores of The Infinite that at least has a fine melody that holds well throughout the whole song. The remaining stuff sounds ok, but either appearing to be half baked or, more often, like discarded tunes from their other albums.

It┬┤s really a pity to hear such outstanding band, a real prog legend, delivering so little. Ok, maybe I┬┤m being too harsh: they┬┤ve been around a lot and for a group that released so many prog classics, I guess it┬┤s only natural that one day they┬┤d fail to meet such gigantic expectations (let┬┤s face it, most of us DO expect them to produce something as powerful as The Masquerade Overture or The Windows Of Life, to name only two). Stylistic, their previous two albums proved they could tackle different musical paths and still maintain some quality. Here they seemed stuck in a rut: you heard it all before, it┬┤s nice, but simply the songs go nowhere. And for a band who delivered such perfect rounded stuff like Pendragon , this is a real letdown. Specially if you notice that the performances themselves are spotless and the vocal parts are great, probably the best of their entire career.

So in the end I found this CD pleasant enough not to keep pushing the "next track" buton, but it does not made me want to listen to it again like all the others did (even with Believe, which was a big disappointment only because it could not compare to the trio of blockbusters that preceded it). I guess I should rate it 3 stars, since there is not really bad stuff on Men Who Climb Moments. It only sounds unfinished, composition wise. However, I┬┤ll give it 2, since I feel the need to balance some reviews here that gave it 4 or even 5 stars that I can┬┤t really understand why. The fact that the band is great, and that the music here isn┬┤t bad does not mean it┬┤s on par to what they did before to give it such praising, at least that┬┤s my point of view.

Listen carefully before buying it.

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 Men Who Climb Mountains by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.65 | 112 ratings

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Men Who Climb Mountains
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by David Luddington

5 stars For me, this has to be one of the best from Pendragon. Having followed these guys from the beginning and seen them live on many an occasion I love the fact they keep true to their roots. Masquerade Overture reached a pinnacle and since then they have experimented with slightly different directions but always kept the same Pendragon feel. I felt Not of this World dipped slightly but since then they just get better. Men Who Climb Mountains is, I believe, their best yet. I loved Passion and Green and Pleasant Land was an absolute masterpiece but this album represents a return to the slightly softer more subtle Pendragon of Masquerade Overture. Nick's guitar is just wonderful.

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 The Masquerade Overture by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.95 | 500 ratings

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The Masquerade Overture
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by Radagast

4 stars Hi, this is my first review in Progarchives and I want to start with this amazing work, "The Masquerade Overture". This was the first album I heard of this band, because of that I have special appreciation but I try to be as objective as possible. I have always considered this group with a very fresh and original sound distinguishing it from many other neo prog bands of the 90's. I believe however this work is the highest point of the long career of Pendragon. This album has great vocal arrangements , beautiful melodies and a good balance in all tracks. The highest points are the solid "As good as gold" with a great intro, the very melodic "Paintbox", the beautiful celtic melody "The Persuit of excellence", the magnificent "Gardian of my Soul" with very good guitar riff, solo synth and good melodic arrangements (very nice work of Nick Barret in this track), the last 4 minutes of "Master of Illusion" are tremendous and finally , the jewel in the crown, the emotional "The Shadow" :

(Looking for somewhere that's home to me now The king of the castle and his sacred cow I've travelled the world and by chance this is how The lies became true Between me and you Free spirit I've travelled so follow me now)

I have no words , I can only say WOW, thx Pendragon for this Masterpiece

(Please sorry for my bad english)

4.5

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 The Window Of Life by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.90 | 355 ratings

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The Window Of Life
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars I revisited "The Window of Life", this venerable classic, as I was somehow placed in a nostalgic mood for some outer-worldly experience that would relax my body and indulge my mind in unassuming fantasy. Pendragon needs little introduction, a fellow consolidator of the prog ideal at a lonely time in rock history, to be perfectly polite. 1993 was a revolutionary period, with very little excitement in terms of music, listening to stuff like still great Tangerine Dream, Oldfield doling out the Crises album, Saga's Heads or Tales and Solstice(prog) but precious little else, until the now-mythical "Script of A Jester's Tear" was unleashed on a totally unsuspecting public later in the year . Pendragon leaped to such higher echelons with this Pink Floyd meets Genesis album, a vehicle for Nick Barrett and Clive Nolan to make their music come hell or high water, a stand for which they were both adored and reviled. Finicky market. The fuse was lit and much to the chagrin of all the prog-rock haters (and trust me, there were many at the apparent funeral, spitting gobs of vitriolic abuse), the inevitable renaissance of prog was underway.

On the sleek "The Walls of Babylon", the lads even had the audacity to quote Supertramp's "Hide in Your Shell", a ballsy move that could have cost them a few quid had Hodgson and Davies been greedy bastards. While the sound certainly owes a lot to former icons, truth is the material was expertly played and muscularly delivered, conscious of the rock ethos needing to be preserved. Bassist Peter Gee and drummer Fudge Smith certainly pounded hard and fast when prompted, leaving Nolan's keys and Barrett's axe do all the brain damage. On the moving "Breaking the Spell", the fret-meister goes on a nice elongated foray, nothing too technical but oh so loaded with emotional discourse. A little hint of wah-wah and some spirited soloing really gets me every time, even 20 years later.

Epic monuments you ask, "The Last Man on Earth" is a nearly 15 minute colossus, with explosive vocals from Mr. Barrett (who never sounded better, before or after), mammoth Nolan symphonic bombast and mobile rhythmic agility from both Gee and Smith. This is, simply put, eternal and utterly fabulous, loaded with incredible imagery, dense space for contrast and breath, featuring glittering soloing, I mean the whole nine yards. Details, details, Watson! Slipping in some delectable harmonica, soothing backing vocal choir and some more overbearing emotions just steals the show, a true classic. The final earthshaking solo is gorgeous. In all honesty, this ought to have been the final cut (Oops!, sorry Roger), ending the album on an orgasm. "Nostradamus ?Stargazing" should have been inspiring with such archetypical prog subject matter but suffers from having to compete with the previous megalith, an unfair positioning makes this song seem weak in comparison. Guitar manipulations take their time in setting the controls to the heart of the song, but it's a fine diversion, The poppish texture should be more exciting in a live setting (in fact, Pendragon likes to do this in concert) but it's the necessary cream between the cookies. The final piece "Am I Losing You?" is delectable , a Pendragon ballad that finds itself drenched in serious bluesy affectation, a simple story that searches out all the questions we all ask ourselves, about love, life and the impossible pursuit of happiness. The Steve Howe ?like guitar motif sounds like a slip from The Gates of Delerium, these are clever lads indeed, reminding me of that classic Picasso quote "a good artist copies, a great artist steals", a little nasty perhaps but oh so true.

The upcoming Masquerade Overture remains my favorite Pendragon album, though I must admit I have lost interest after that. Maybe I should investigate, my dear Watson?

4 Panes of existence

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 Men Who Climb Mountains by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.65 | 112 ratings

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Men Who Climb Mountains
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams

5 stars 4.5 stars, actually.

I've decided that progarchives really needs a half-star option. Pendragon's newest album "Men Who Climb Mountains" is a case in point of this, as I fully believe that this incredible work of art deserves more than four stars. It is not, however, as good as their masterworks, such as "The Window of Life", "The Masquerade Overture", or my personal favorite "Not of This World". Or perhaps it is as good as those fantastic albums, except Pendragon underwent a change in style with their 2005 album "Believe", which is amazing, too, by the way. The last couple albums, however, although solid and still in my regular playlist, do not have the sweeping, majestic sounds of the older albums. They are darker, grittier, somewhat more technical, and also somewhat heavier. So is it really that they are not as good, or is it just that I like the old style better?

Pendragon, however, have finally convinced me to love their new style. Although "Believe" was a change in style, it had enough of the old ways to satisfy me greatly. "Men Who Climb Mountains", though, is an album of the same quality, yet it retains the new style, and does so with gumption and gusto. Indeed, this is the best, most confident album since at least "Believe", if not "Not of This World". Pendragon have proven that these aged gentlemen still have everything it takes to claim a top spot in the best prog releases of the year.

"Men Who Climb Mountains", first and foremost, is a thoughtful work that contains my favorite lyrics of this year so far. Nick never disappoints in lyrical content or themes, and so I expected it. Yet, this album is deeper than the last two, as I see this album as focusing on those people that are truly one with the world around them. They hear, see, feel, smell, and taste the world in all its glory, and so see the divine, spiritual nature and connections inherent in everything. These people never lose hope. They never despair. They are ready for "When the Zombies Come", and they know where they are going after death. These are the nit and grit of this world, the people that keep it running at all costs, and that love it all. These are the people that we all are, except many of us have forgotten. This, of course, is all my own interpretation.

Of course, the music is important, too. As I said, the newer style is still here, but it has been perfected. Nick sounds great on vocals, even more melodic in many perfectly performed hooks, too, if I do say so myself. His flawless guitar work is again a highlight, too, whether it be soulful solos or acoustic brightness. Clive Nolan (probably my favorite keyboardist) seems to be more present on this album than the previous two. He sets many beautiful, soaring atmospheres to match the theme, but he also presents some awesome solos, too, such as on "In Bardo". Peter Gee, bassist, lays down his signature grooves, and he sounds great with Nick's riffing in the heavier portions.

Perhaps the most significant thing about this new album, however, is the exit of drummer extraordinaire Scott Higham and the entrance of Craig Blundell. I'll say it right down: Craig has laid down the best drum performance I've heard this year. He's unbelievable, and everything I could have hoped for with Scott leaving. Everything from his genius fills to his tasteful tempos to his breath-taking romps are all brilliantly performed. Craig, welcome!

One of the things that was missing from the last two albums, especially "Passion", was the presence of great choruses. I feel that Pendragon has again nailed them, with wonderful structures that culminate into catchy choruses, such as "Beautiful Soul" or "Explorers of the Infinite". Yet, even the instrumental portions are inspired and catchy, such as "In Bardo", "Faces of Darkness" or the oddly structured "Come Home, Jack". It's honestly difficult to pick favorites, as all the tracks are worthy. I do especially love, however, "Faces of Darkness" and the slow-burning catchiness of "Explorers of the Infinite", a song that I cannot stop singing (however horribly). I also really like the slower, thoughtful "Netherworld", as I'm a sucker for Nick's vocals.

"Men Who Climb Mountains", then, is a true Pendragon album with lush atmospheres, hard-rocking portions, and a certain level of oddity that is so endearing and addictive to me. I can only rate albums based on how I feel about them, and I haven't felt this way about a Pendragon album since "Believe". Indeed, I can't stop listening to it, and I never feel the urge to skip a track. It's all so good. Give this album a chance, then, and don't judge it based on how you feel about albums that were written fifteen or twenty years ago. This band has progressed to a new style, and they are finally fine-tuning it to great results.

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 Not Of This World  by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.86 | 376 ratings

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Not Of This World
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars In 1997 another live album by Pendragon was released, ''Live in Krakˇw 96'', recorded in Poland (and later issued by Metal Mind in DVD format), which became one of the favorite destionations of the band.What followed though would have a huge impact on Pendragon's next studio release.Nick Barrett had to face the procedure of a long and painful divorce, a reality that influenced him on the writings of ''Not of this world''.Propably this sad experiene was the reason Pendragon would wait for a number of years to launch the album, which was released in 2001.

While the familiar Pendragon style dominates the album, let's get one thing clear: This is definitely one of the most emotionally loaded albums of the group, Nick Barrett's divorce being the main reason, serving as a somewhat autobiographical release.The huge display of sentimental vocals, the constant use of dreamy keyboard and piano parts and the obvious tendency towards atmospheric and melodious textures are the instant reflections of the fact.As a result they sound as close as it gets to GENESIS circa 76'-77' and mid-70's PINK FLOYD, offering extended, melodic pieces with smooth guitar plays and lovely synthesizer work by Nolan.On the other hand the choice of such a switch resulted to a reduced exhibition of symphonic arrangements and more complicated parts, the second being far from the band's priorities.The sound is less epic and more into melodic Neo Prog, but with such extended running times some more grandiose parts would be unavoidable.In pleasure of the band's thousands of fans worldwide the longer pieces still contain some powerful keyboard parts, some bombastic sections and some trully efficient guitar solos with the flawless touch of Nick Barrett.It is unbelievable that at this point Pendragon still sound like an 80's group, never giving up to the light symphonic aura and pure energy of the early Neo Prog movement, the atmosphere is great throughout and the melodies are mostly of first class.

Nice little treasure with GENESIS, PINK FLOYD and even some discreet CAMEL overtones.Among the most melodic albums of the British veterans, this would be a masterpiece if some of these melodies were left behind for a more symphonic approach, but this is still a strongly recommended and solid effort by the band...3.5 stars.

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 Men Who Climb Mountains by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.65 | 112 ratings

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Men Who Climb Mountains
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by lgoffine

2 stars Same opinion as the other reviewers. This album is good but well below Pure or Passion. No melody sticks in my head, which is a pity as Nick Barret is one of the best melody makers of the neo-prog arena. After three or four listens, I can't remember a lot of the songs I've heard. They sound ok but lack the genius behind songs like "This Green and Pleasant Land" or even "Indigo".

Even the guitar parts are not surprising me, whereas they were a lot more inspired some years ago... I'm waiting for the next album, as I like most of the previous work of Nick.

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 Men Who Climb Mountains by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 2014
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Men Who Climb Mountains
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by robbob

3 stars Well . So it is good that Pendragon is still playing...one of the oldest high class survival neo prog bands. But I must say I miss the old Pendragon...the one that made it one of the founders of the neo prog rock ...one of the best neo prog bands....as Marillion, IQ, Pallas.. ┐What happened to the very inspired music we listened in The World, Not Of This World, The Masquerade Overture, The Window Of Life...? Since Believe Pendragon had tried to renew their music style and trying to mix their music with the one that play some crossover prog rock bands as The new Porcupine Tree,The Pineapple Thief, Anathema maybe...,Frequency Drift..etc.......but I think they shouldn't try to leave their roots. So ..yes...they are some good songs as Come Home.....and Explorers....but the other ones I feel they are erratic... Please return to the old Pendragon. For this work 3 stars in my opinion.

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