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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 discography


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

3.29 | 247 ratings
The Jewel
1985
2.58 | 190 ratings
Kowtow
1988
3.77 | 345 ratings
The World
1991
3.90 | 384 ratings
The Window Of Life
1993
3.96 | 530 ratings
The Masquerade Overture
1996
3.86 | 405 ratings
Not Of This World
2001
3.55 | 349 ratings
Believe
2005
3.88 | 559 ratings
Pure
2008
3.74 | 474 ratings
Passion
2011
3.58 | 151 ratings
Men Who Climb Mountains
2014

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

3.20 | 50 ratings
9:15 Live
1986
2.32 | 33 ratings
The Very Very Bootleg Live In Lille France 1992
1993
3.58 | 42 ratings
Utrecht ...The Final Frontier
1995
3.98 | 47 ratings
Live In Krakow 1996
1997
3.35 | 52 ratings
Acoustically Challenged
2002
3.90 | 23 ratings
Liveosity
2004
4.06 | 61 ratings
Concerto Maximo
2009
4.12 | 43 ratings
Out of Order Comes Chaos
2013

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

4.17 | 53 ratings
Live At Last ... And More
2002
3.98 | 53 ratings
And Now Everybody To The Stage
2006
3.99 | 55 ratings
Past And Presence
2007
4.44 | 85 ratings
Concerto Maximo
2009
4.57 | 34 ratings
Out Of Order Comes Chaos
2012

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

2.89 | 37 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
2.42 | 29 ratings
Once Upon A Time In England Volume 2
1999
3.42 | 25 ratings
The History 1984-2000
2000
4.09 | 4 ratings
A História
2001
4.25 | 8 ratings
The Round Table
2001
4.00 | 6 ratings
Introducing Pendragon
2013

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

3.21 | 45 ratings
Fly High Fall Far
1984
1.63 | 22 ratings
Red Shoes
1987
2.28 | 18 ratings
Saved By You
1991
2.43 | 9 ratings
Nostradamus
1993
3.65 | 77 ratings
Fallen Dreams And Angels
1994
3.38 | 61 ratings
As Good As Gold
1996

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 Introducing Pendragon by PENDRAGON album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2013
4.00 | 6 ratings

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Introducing Pendragon
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars A nice introductory compilation!

It is not a secret that Pendragon is a big name in the Neo-Prog realm, a band who have been creating music for over 30 years and that still has a lot to offer. Fortunately, I will see them at the Ramblin Man Fair next July, which excites me a lot, in spite they have never been a favorite of mine. And though I own some albums and know their music, I wanted to dig this compilation album entitled "Introducing Pendragon", in order to feel again that first-time sensation, I mean, I wanted to re-discover them.

This is a 2-CD album that give us over two hours of great Pendragon music, divided in 14 songs (actually 11, one is a long four-part song) that represent their style and their career. What we find here, is a nice selection of songs taken from eight different albums, running chronologically, starting with "Kowtow" and its selftitled song, and finishing with "Empathy" and "This Green and Pleasant Land" from the "Passion" album.

Maybe this is not what we know as "The Best of", but this really is a great introduction to Pendragon's sound, with long compositions, a pure Neo-Prog style full of keyboards, guitars, nice vocals with some theatrical tunes, progressive tunes. Some other songs are "The Voyager", "Masters of Illusion", "Indigo" and the mighty "The Wishing Well" epic, this last one taken from their "Believe" album.

So it is up to you, I think the aim of this compilation is to get new fans, or maybe regain the lost love of old fans, but at least with me, it succeeded. I think it is a very good album for those who want to discover or re-discover Pendragon.

Enjoy it!

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 Men Who Climb Mountains by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.58 | 151 ratings

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Men Who Climb Mountains
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars For their tenth album `Men Who Climb Mountains', UK Neo-proggers Pendragon, led as always by the talented trio of Nick Barrett, Clive Nolan and Peter Gee, with new drummer Craig Blundell, continue in the style of their new-found maturity that began with `Believe' back in 2005, `Pure' in 2008 and `Passion' three years after that. All of those signalled a new direction for the band, eventually heavier, yet still retaining many of those classic grand symphonic gestures the band has always been known for. Using the imagery of climbers and explorers as a metaphor for overcoming and facing hardships and adversity, `...Mountains' is the darkest, most emotionally heavy and brooding work from the band to date. Yet it still retains traces of heart and humanity, and despite initially being quite underwhelming, repeated listens paying careful attention reveals many merits, with just a few occasionally frustrating elements as well.

Despite instantly opening with an overlong stream-of-consciousness lyric vocal passage from Nick over repetitive chiming guitars, the initially melancholic two parter with heavier blasts of `Belle Ame/Beautiful Soul' eventually reveals one of those soaring uplifting choruses that only Pendragon do so well. The almost eleven minute `Come Back Jack' delivers a sad vocal and a punchy muscular repeated chorus, but the highlight is Mr Barrett's playing - his guitar rings with a slightly off, wavering quality throughout the atmospheric intro, turning bluesy and heart-wrenching in moments throughout. A perfect showcase for the whole band, `In Bardo' has Clive Nolan's restrained floating synths and wig-out soloing, Craig Blundell's complex drumming , Peter's serpentine slinking bass and a dreamy vocal and Gilmour-esque reaching guitar solo from Nick all weaving together in perfect unison. Unexpectedly, `Faces of Light', with it's stark but impossibly beautiful piano melody, female backing vocals and uplifting chorus with one of the strongest melodies on offer here, sounds like it's wandered off one of the recent Anathema albums, especially the uptempo burst full of life in the second half.

Less vocals throughout `Faces of Darkness' means more time for the instrumental elements to take focus. It unfolds with a dark and delicate ambient keyboard intro before racing through a mix of skittering frantic drumming, pulsing bass, bristling Mellotron washes and Nick's psychedelic treated voice drifting around. A slightly forced vocal delivering some clunky lyrics let down `For When The Zombies Come' slightly, but thankfully there's slow-burn ghostly bluesy guitar moodiness, a haunting unease throughout. `Explorers of the Infinite' drifts by with jangling acoustic and electric guitars, silky group harmonies and soaring victorious synths, but too many lead vocals over the top mean the eleven minutes here drag on a little too long. `Netherworld' then makes for a more simple and reflective album closer, ideal for the introspective quality throughout so much of the disc.

There is no doubt this is a very thoughtful, mature and complex musical statement from the band, as well as being a deeply personal work for Mr Barrett. Yet it also happens to be deadly serious, frequently wordy and loaded with endless vocal and lyric passages when it could really do with sometimes stepping back and letting the instrumental flourishes the band is so well known for shine a little more. In some sections it almost comes across like a Barrett solo album, with just his voice and guitar and only little contributions from the rest of the band behind him. Thankfully the heavier elements are not quite as obnoxious and upfront as on the previous album `Passion'. While he has grown with immense confidence as a vocalist over the years, there still a few questionable vocal choices Nick presents, and sometimes the combination of tricky lyrics gets the better of him. Finally, sixty-four minutes definitely pushes the friendship here, as, in addition to the increase of vocal sections, several passages are somewhat repetitive meaning attention starts to wander in a few spots.

But Pendragon have proven that they've well and truly moved on from the traditional Neo Prog type compositions and romantic grandness of their first several albums. While not entirely satisfying and easy to enjoy as many of their previous works, it's admirable that the band are inspired, not simply stuck in a rut and repeating what they've done before, instead taking bold chances to push themselves and challenge their fanbase. It would be great if they retained just a little bit more of those softer qualities that made listeners adore them in the first place, but `Men Who Climb Mountains' is still an occasionally thrilling work, and their most rich, dense and subtle release to date.

Three and a half stars.

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 Passion by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.74 | 474 ratings

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Passion
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by Pastmaster

5 stars Pendragon-Passion

'Passion' is the ninth studio album by British progressive rock/metal band Pendragon. After the expanding of a prog metal style on the previous release, Pendragon comes back with my favorite of their albums. I takes everything that was great about 'Pure' and expands upon it, still adding in heavier riffing.

The album opens up with the electronic drum beats of the title track, soon coming in with a heavy guitar blast. The music is surprisingly very different from 'Pure'. The songs are overall heavier and catchier, making it easier to get lost in the music. The song 'Feeding Frenzy' is a perfect example, having plenty of catchy hooks and an equally catchy chorus. There are some slower songs, like 'This Green and Pleasant Land', but unlike the previous album, I love this song. It's not a sappy ballad like the slow songs on 'Pure', It is slow and calm but also rocking at the same time. It has a beautiful catchy chorus, and it eventually starts rocking near the end. The other slow song, 'Your Black Heart', is a ballad unfortunately. It's pretty boring and drags on for too long, and a pretty disappointing finale to such an awesome album.

I said Barrett's vocals were good and fitting on the previous two albums, but he blows those albums out of the way with this album. His vocal performance went up ten-fold, bringing in some guttural screams. You'll feel like kicking ass when hearing Barrett screaming 'DROP MY BALLS' and 'WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE' in the title track. Barrett's screaming on my favorite song from the album, 'Skara Brae' is also very well performed, coming in at the perfect times.

Overall, I highly recommend this album to any fans of Progressive hard rock or metal. It would be flawless if it wasn't for the final track, but that doesn't take this album away from being a masterpiece to me. A nearly flawless album, that deserves more recognition. 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.

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 Pure by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.88 | 559 ratings

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Pure
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by Pastmaster

4 stars Pendragon-Pure

'Pure' is the eighth studio album by British progressive rock/metal band Pendragon. After Pendragon's shift to a harder rocking style on the previous release 'Believe', Pendragon expands upon that shift in sound and extends the metal leanings.

Like the previous album, there is a balance between heavy metal/rock songs and slower calm songs. The album begins with the heavy 14-minute 'Indigo', which soon blasts you with heavy riffing. The song has a nice contrast between the heavy metal riffing and slower passages, the transitions coming at the perfect times. At the bridge Peter Gee plays a great bassline over Clive Nolan's atmospheric keyboards, with Nick Barrett's heavy riffing soon coming in. The song ends with a great soaring guitar solo. One of my favorites on the album is 'Comatose I: View from the Seashore', which begins very slow and melancholy with heavy riffing coming in about 3-minutes through. My other favorite is the shorter song 'The Freak Show'. It immediately begins with heavy crunching guitar and Nolan soon gives us more atmospheric keyboards. I also really like the lyrics for this song.

Like with the previous album, Barrett's vocals fit this sound much better then Pendragon's older style. The way the slower and calmer parts in this new style are played, makes his voice sound very passionate. Instead of grandiose sometimes really annoying synth, it is overall much more guitar led with more acoustics then synth.

My only problem with this album, are the all slow songs. The longer songs that have various tempos are great, but I feel like the songs that are just slow are pretty weak. They seem to drag on and on, especially the 8-minute long final song 'It's Only Me'.

Overall, even though it has it's flaws it's still a great addition to any progressive metal/rock collection and I recommend it.

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3.58 | 151 ratings

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Men Who Climb Mountains
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by Losimba

4 stars To make it short, Men Who Climb Mountains is exactly the album one expects from Pendragon. The title is an added bonus for me, as I like to climb mountains myself, although there is no song literally about my hobby on the album. But I read this in Nick's ramblings last summer, so no disappointment here.

The first two songs, Belle Amie and Beautiful Soul, the titles identical in meaning but in French and English respectively, are fine appetizers of what's to come. On other albums this slow intro followed by a fine rocker have been merged to longer openers, but they definitely work as separate tracks. Come Home Jack then reminds me a wee bit of Voyager from The World which is neither very original nor bad. The only little weakness of the album is nondescript In Bardo, but this is more than cancelled out by the following wonderful ballad Faces Of Light. If a title with "light" is immediately followed by the same title just with "darkness" one would expect a stark contrast, and the next track doesn't disappoint with its driving beat. The last three tracks are quite typical Pendragon songs, each with one instrument providing the extra bit. While the end section of For When The Zombies Come is far slower and bluesier than its counterpart in my favourite Pendragon song, Am I Really Losing You?, I can imagine to love it equally after I'll have heard it several times more. While I couldn't hear out an extraordinary solo section in Explorers Of The Infinite which IS something that can be associated with mountain climbing, it has one of the best bass lines I've heard in the last 5 years. Finally, Netherworld is defined by the good keyboard work, especially the section where the keys sound like a blues guitar.

Had Pendragon never published The World and The Window Of Life, this album would have straight 5 stars. But they have, so the bonus for originality cannot be applied, but my rating remains at solid 4 stars with a tendency towards 4.5.

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 Believe by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.55 | 349 ratings

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Believe
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by Pastmaster

4 stars Pendragon-Believe

'Believe' is the seventh studio album by British Progressive rock/metal band Pendragon.

This album shows Pendragon begin to evolve out of their old sound, and into a harder-edged prog rock band. 'Believe' shows less use of synth and the guitar begins to take the front seat, as heard in the opening song 'No Place for the Innocent'. It has a much harder-rocking 90's Rush feel, really reminding me of songs from Rush's 'Test for Echo'. Nick Barrett's vocals sound much better in this song, fitting the style much more then their previous albums. Some classical influences are still maintained, after some great riffing, violins can be heard for a few seconds. This song is probably my favorite from this album. Not all the songs rock hard on this album, the song 'The Temple of Solomon' and a couple parts of the four 'The Wishing Well' are more acoustic based, but some I can still enjoy.

With 'The Wishing Well', part three is where Pendragon starts to rock out. The bridge has some really catchy guitar riffs, before they soon flow into even faster riffing with a great bass-line. The final part of 'The Wishing Well', 'Two Roads', brings in the first sounds of prog metal in Pendragon's sound. It begins with nice acoustics, but soon picks up with heavy riffing. 'Learning Curve' has kind of a jazzy and bluesy feel to it, making it standout on the album.

Overall, 'Believe' shows Pendragon evolving into a hard rock/prog metal band that would lead to my favorite album by the band. Barrett's voice fits much better with the overall harder-edged feel of this album, which makes this a much more enjoyable listen for me. Recommended to fans of hard rock and prog rock, and for metal Pendragon would reach that height on the next album.

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 Not Of This World  by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.86 | 405 ratings

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Not Of This World
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by Pastmaster

3 stars Pendragon-Not of This World

'Not of This World' is the sixth studio album by British Progressive rock/metal band Pendragon. Before Pendragon started to rock a little harder on 'Believe' and venture into metal on 'Pure', Pendragon was a traditional progressive rock band with some classical influences.

The music is much different then the sounds heard on albums like 'Pure' and 'Passion', it is a much lighter and gentle sound compared to the heavy riffing of the aforementioned albums. Songs like 'If I Were the Wind' and 'Faithless' are good examples of this. They are relaxing and calming to say the least, nice for if you're feeling stressed and need something calming. Not to say this album is without some more rocking moments. Probably my favorite song from this album is the 80's Rush-like 'All Over Now', with great soaring solos by Nick Barrett and nice slow interludes. Another favorite of mine is the epic 'A Man Of Nomadic Traits', again with great solos by Barrett.

The music is played well, and I can enjoy a few songs even though it's not a kind of music I really enjoy. My main gripe about the album though, is the vocals. This is actually the problem I have with all of Pendragon's early releases, Nick Barrett's voice just doesn't fit with the style of music very well at all. His voice has a very raw tone to it, making it fit in better with the hard rock and metal songs of later albums.

Overall, 'Not of This World' is a decent traditional prog rock album. I'll never be a fan of these early Pendragon releases, but I'll listen to a few songs on here occasionally. Good, but I would recommend skipping to 'Believe' or 'Pure'.

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 Pure by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.88 | 559 ratings

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Pure
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Pendragon always was a rather typical neo-prog band, with an epic fantasy sound, distinguished perhaps by gratuitous amounts of solo guitar in the bluesy Pink Floyd/Camel singing guitar style, courtesy of band mastermind Nick Barrett. Well, it was bound to happen eventually. Pendragon turns to heavy and singing about disgruntled teenagers.

Indigo, Eraserhead, and the Freak Show are examples of Pendragon's new heavy riffs/melodic guitars alternating style, usually beginning up-tempo and finishing with a melodic tension release. It's only me is a lo-oong ballad. Comatose, in three parts, is supposed to be something of a master stroke. It moves rather briskly between wildly alternating styles, all quite catchy and interesting, I might add, before settling down for the last 6 minutes for a drawn-out spacey section, which, while logical by the song's development, seems overlong and kind of mars the overall impression.

Overall, it's a testament to Pendragon's talents that for their 30-year old existence they still show no weak side. Rare band can boast of the same.

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 Passion by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.74 | 474 ratings

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Passion
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Continuing the neo-prog/metal direction of Pure, Passion adds even more eclecticism to the mix (I imagine how people would react if Pendragon started the album with the furious riffing of Empathy, thankfully, they placed it second). Rapping, screaming, throat singing, yodeling, electronic effects all can be found here, but luckily in small doses, not distracting from the trademark melodic sound. Song structures are complex enough, with many changes and details, yet never forget about accessibility. Praise is usually reserved for 13-minute Green and Pleasant Land, however I find that piece somewhat repetitive, like an extended beer chant with a silly yodeling outro. I'd chip in my 2 cents for Skara Brae, which, while shorter, sounds truly epic, like a Celtic Iron Maiden-neo prog hybrid.

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 Men Who Climb Mountains by PENDRAGON album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.58 | 151 ratings

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Men Who Climb Mountains
Pendragon Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars And there are those who say Pendragon, the quintessential escapist neo-prog band, doesn't change. After the metal/neo-prog hybrid of Pure and Passion, I half-expected Men Who Climb Mountains, with its less than elves-and-magic cover, to be similar. And there are brief moments where that heavier/lighter approach is present (Beautiful Soul, Faces of Darkness). But the vast majority of this album is slow and reflective. Sometimes its highly melodic, sometimes seems overextended. Everything here - bass, vocals, guitars, melancholic keys, is clear and shines, though. There are complaints from people about Nick Barrett's low hillbilly kind of voice. People, relax. He sings fine, and his unusual tone is actually welcome for a change. Fits that folksy vibe always running through his music, and nowhere its more fitting the mood than here.

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