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Excellent Neo Prog band from Switzerland. Many aspects feature in their beautiful music, mainly the outstanding voice of Aluisio Magini, which fits perfectly on top of a well structured instrumentation.

The style on "More Grains of Sand" is also very typical of the melodic rock produced by British bands since the '80s (ex: MARILLION, PENDRAGON, IQ). On their third album "Fears" CLEPSYDRA's main influence is still very much the Fish-era MARILLION. This is a fantastic and very powerful album with great vocals, a very tight sound with the bass and the dynamic drumming and some stunning guitar playing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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Imports 2007
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3.44 | 75 ratings
Hologram
1991
3.65 | 102 ratings
More Grains Of Sand
1994
4.02 | 131 ratings
Fears
1997
4.03 | 128 ratings
Alone
2002

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4.00 | 3 ratings
Live @ RoSfest 2014
2015

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

4.09 | 15 ratings
3654 Days
2014

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

2.35 | 8 ratings
Fly Man
1993

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 3654 Days by CLEPSYDRA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2014
4.09 | 15 ratings

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3654 Days
Clepsydra Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Swiss band CLEPSYDRA (not to be confused with the British or the Italian band of the same name, both of which appeared in 2000s) was formed in 1989, and with the release of their debut album "Hologram" they quickly rose to prominence in the early '90s becoming quite the popular feature in the European prog scene, often described as the Swiss version of Marillion. The band folded in 2003, but following a decade long hiatus they returned in 2013. One year later they marked their return as an active band by releasing the limited run box set "3654 Days", featuring remastered versions of all their four studio albums from their initial phase of activity, with bonus tracks, and a booklet, chronicling the history of the band. The set was released through the Swiss label Galileo Records. From what I understand, the CDs in this box set have also been made available as individual releases. For the record, I will have to add that I had a minor role in the production of that box set, and while my role as a reviewer is to be as unbiased as possible, a personal involvement in such a production merits mentioning, due to the possibility of bias.

Clepsydra's first phase of existence has been covered in full with the release of the box set "3654 Days". Just about all known history of the band has been collected in a booklet, and all four studio albums are a part of the package, remastered, and with bonus tracks, filling up just about what remains of free space on these CDs. The box set as such comes across as a product made for fans of the band, old and new alike, a product that gives them everything they want to know and hear about the band's first period of existence, presented in a stylish, well made package. With some splendid artwork as a part of what you pay extra for, if you go for the box set rather than the individual albums. For those not familiar with this band, I'd recommend fans of bands like Marillion and Pendragon to try out Clepsydra for size, and then to start with the albums "Fears" and "Alone".

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 Fears by CLEPSYDRA album cover Studio Album, 1997
4.02 | 131 ratings

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Fears
Clepsydra Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Clepsydra even made it to the Swiss television at the time of the release of ''More grains of sand'', which was something pretty unusual for a Prog band.In 1996 the classic line-up, which released two incredible albums, will be getting some lifting, after Gabriele "Lele" Hofmann announced his departure.The remaining members would soon replace him with Marco Cerulli, a talented musician, who could also play the sax.The new formation recorded a third album for SPV, ''Fears'', released in 1997.

Cerulli had to adapt his personal style to the music of Clepsydra and while the songwriting remained at high levels, the new guitarist had certainly a most melodic touch than Hofmann, similar to Gary Chandler of JADIS and Steve Rothery of MARILLION, so these incredible guitar ups and downs with the heavy riffing followed by monumental, sharp soloing are to be sorely missed in this release.Of course Clepsydra's sound was always a mix of sentimental and bombastic passages and this hasn't changed a bit in ''Fears'', still Cerulli appears to be more comfortable during the more laid-back or melodic moments of the album.Regarding the compositions these are once more pretty great with emphasis on vocals, dreamy keyboards and shifting guitar moves, occasionally containing bits of Symphonic Rock with all these stretched, atmospheric keyboard themes, but the general mood follows the guidelines of MARILLION, PENDRAGON, IQ and the likes.Production and mix of the album are at the highest level and the song structures are classic examples of energetic Neo Prog, filled with romantic moments, lyrical intensity, keyboard flashing and upbeat, rockin' exhibitions.Trully enjoyable tracks, but I still think a couple of killer pieces are missing from this work.

Clepsydra's overhaul led to a less dark, more joyful effort along the lines of the previous albums.While not as good as its precursors, ''Fears'' would propably make proud every other lesser known band in the world, that would have produced it.Not your starting point in Clepsydra's discography, nonetheless an efficient Neo Prog effort.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 More Grains Of Sand  by CLEPSYDRA album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.65 | 102 ratings

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More Grains Of Sand
Clepsydra Neo-Prog

Review by Gatot
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3 stars Better follow-up from debut album ...

As I put it at the review of first album:

Since the emerging symphonic prog movement or I called it as a second generation of prog where at that time the classic prog like King Crimson, Yes, Genesis and the like was in a decline in terms of public taste and then came into the scene new born bands carring the prog flag with simpler music through names like Marillion, IQ, Pallas, Pendragon, I found the musical characteristics can be categorized into two types:

First, those who take the new generation music called as neo-prog with the sort of dragging keyboard sounds and Floydian guitar solo or I can call them as the "Chelsea Monday"-like kind of music. Chlesea Monday is one song from Marillion's debut album "Script" where the music is quite mellow with Floydian guitar solo. There are many bands that follow this kind of music style, including Clepsydra.

Second, those who really try to emulate the kind of music that Script from Marillion has penned in its entirety including the Chelsea Monday like or the He Knows You Know like or in fact Forgotten Sons like music. It's quite difficult actually to do this second category as only Marillion, IQ and Pallas that can do good job on this. As you know they are all pioneers of neo prog and of course they can do it really well. Look at how Marillion's first four albums can produce this second category music really well, and also IQ still can do it through its latest album "The Road of Bones" where the opening track "From The Outside In" is truly a good representation of He Knows You Know like.

At this second album the band tried to move from the first category to the second one with much more energy and dynamics injected into the the music. The result is an interesting album mbetter than the first offering where the dragging keyboard work were dominating the scene. In fact right from the opening track The First Grain (Setting The Hour Glass) (0:45) that connect to the second one Moonshine On Heights (7:13) the music demontrates energy and dynamic as He Knows You Know from Marillion even though at not the same energy. But at least the music is now more interesting and challenging to me personally. Even though Birthday Party (7:17) is mellow and like the first category but it has great nuances and makes me interested to enjoy further.

No Place For Flowers (8:04) as well as Fly Man (4:10) demonstrate the dynamics of the music and I enjoy the energy the band sparks through the excellent compositions of these two songs. The msuic is not as quality as Forgotten Sons but they are both very enjoyable.

Overall, the album is much better than the debut even though there are still elements that need further improvement, There are great keyboard sols as well as guitar solo throughout the songs provided by this album. Recommended for those who like neo prog and it's worth having it in your collection. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 Hologram by CLEPSYDRA album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.44 | 75 ratings

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Hologram
Clepsydra Neo-Prog

Review by Gatot
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3 stars Ear Candy Prog ...

Since the emerging symphonic prog movement or I called it as a second generation of prog where at that time the classic prog like King Crimson, Yes, Genesis and the like was in a decline in terms of public taste and then came into the scene new born bands carring the prog flag with simpler music through names like Marillion, IQ, Pallas, Pendragon, I found the musical characteristics can be categorized into two types:

First, those who take the new generation music called as neo-prog with the sort of dragging keyboard sounds and Floydian guitar solo or I can call them as the "Chelsea Monday"-like kind of music. Chlesea Monday is one song from Marillion's debut album "Script" where the music is quite mellow with Floydian guitar solo. There are many bands that follow this kind of music style, including Clepsydra.

Second, those who really try to emulate the kind of music that Script from Marillion has penned in its entirety including the Chelsea Monday like or the He Knows You Know like or in fact Forgotten Sons like music. It's quite difficult actually to do this second category as only Marillion, IQ and Pallas that can do good job on this. As you know they are all pioneers of neo prog and of course they can do it really well. Look at how Marillion's first four albums can produce this second category music really well, and also IQ still can do it through its latest album "The Road of Bones" where the opening track "From The Outside In" is truly a good representation of He Knows You Know like.

This debut album of Clepsydra is totally falling under the first category is the music flows with all the dragging keyboard sounds and many exploration of Floydian guitar work here and there. It opens beautifully with Sunrise and concludes with Sunset. In between there are arrays of musical journey represented by dragging keyboard work combined with Floydian guitar solo. The melody of the songs contained here are quite good and they flow naturally from start to end. For me personally, it's good in terms of composition as they contain good elements of melody, harmonies and changes in music style - even though quite flat in tempo. That's why I feel bored right in the middle of the album even though the songs are good.

Overall, this is good for those who like long guitar solo performed in mellow style and do not expect something like He Knows You Know or Forgotten Sons .... Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 Fears by CLEPSYDRA album cover Studio Album, 1997
4.02 | 131 ratings

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Fears
Clepsydra Neo-Prog

Review by sinslice

4 stars The sharpness and transparency in executions is one of the notable features of this fine group. Added to this the remarkable sound quality.

Despite being a friendly sort, whether it is the term, if you listen superficially may sound monotonous, without major changes, and devoid of remarkable tunes. Or just consider it a good mixture between Marillion, Jadis and Pendragon, mainly. That happened to me a while, it sounded to a sum of common and well-known formulas. In the long run not so well, it does not mean that they have created a new sound or invented gunpowder. Without cracking choruses or catchy riffs, good melodies are identifiable.

Except "Fearless", the rest of the songs make up a significant compendium of dynamic music, thoughtful, and articulate.

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 Alone by CLEPSYDRA album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.03 | 128 ratings

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Alone
Clepsydra Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Clepsydra's last album to date sees them chugging along in the melodic Marillion-inspired neo-prog style that served them very well on Fears, though this time around the vocals of Aluisio Maggini seem to be significantly more prominent, almost to the point where they completely upstage the rest of the performers in some parts of the album. It's a fun enough listen, though I think on the whole Fears is still far and away the band's best album - it had significantly stronger compositions, for one thing, and seemed to be a bit less reliant on neo- prog cliches than this particular piece. Still, most neo-prog fans will find it to be a fun listen, if not a particularly essential listen.

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Fears
Clepsydra Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
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4 stars I'd felt that Clepsydra's previous album had been let down a little by rather thin production, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Fears has the shining sound quality - plus somewhat more interesting compositions and top-notch performances - needed to really take the band's music to the next level. Once again, neo-prog inspired by Fish-era Marillion is the order of the day, but whilst this is a field where there's no shortage of hopefuls trying to recapture that sound, Clepsydra are more interesting than most, producing an album which takes that period of Marillion's sound forward and creating their own interesting spin on it rather than trying to preserve it in amber. Highly recommend for fans of the classic early 1980s neo-prog sound.

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3.65 | 102 ratings

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More Grains Of Sand
Clepsydra Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Clepsydra's second album finds them playing in a heavily Marillion-influenced style, with competent performances and songwriting undermined slightly by rather patchy sound quality. I could take or leave Aluisio Maggini's somewhat cliched and overwrought vocals, but Philip Hubert does a great job on the keyboards, showing a level of skill and accomplishment comparable to Marillion's Mark Kelly or the ubiquitous Clive Nolan; however, his performance here is sabotaged just a little by rather thin sound quality which doesn't bring out the best in the music. Pendragon fans will be interested to know that Nick Barret has a cameo on Moonshine of Heights.

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 Fears by CLEPSYDRA album cover Studio Album, 1997
4.02 | 131 ratings

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Fears
Clepsydra Neo-Prog

Review by The Crow
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4 stars With the departure of Lele Hoffmann and the entry of the awesome Marco Cerulli, Clepsydra finally reached its maturity as a group. And "Fears" was undoubtly better than the two previous albums!

The weakness of sound and lack of originality of "Hologram" can not be found here. And the lack of a clear direction and irregularity of "More Grains of Sand" is clearly missing in "Fears". The musical direction of "Fears" is sharply orientated, having a mixture of the best Neo-Prog from the 80's and 90's, but with a stronger feeling and more power than other similar bands like Collage or Pendragon. If you like Arena, you'll surely love "Fears".

But while in Arena the keyboards of Clive Nolan are the clear protagonist, here the principal part is for Marco Cerulli. His guitar melodies and instrumental passages are just great! For example, the beginning of The Missing Spark makes me have goosebumps. This man is really talentous in making touching guitar passages! Just like Lele Hoffman, but not so Mike Oldfield sounding and more diverse. Another good example is the beginnig of Fear, or the really talentous acoustic Daisies on the Sunshine.

The rest of the band makes a great role too, sounding really better than the previous releases of the band. The powerful drums of Pietro Duca became a signature of the band here in "Fears" and in the later "Alone". In Fearless he sounds powerful (a song clearly in the vein of Arena...), making a good pair with the bassist Andy Thommen. This consolidated musical rythmic section is the trademark of Clepsydra, together with the passionate vocals of Aluisio Maggini.

Best tracks: Soaked, The Missing Spark (among the best songs of the band) , Fearless (I love this Arena-like power!), The Cloister (beautiful and misterious track) and Fear (awesome guitar melodies)

Conclusion: despite I consider that "Alone" is a slightly better album than "Fears", I think that the third album of the band is also an obligated purchase for every Neo-Prog lover. It's full with beautiful instrumental passages, long and clever melodic progressiosn, it has a cristal clear production, and here can be heard a band reaching its madurity and a outstanding musical level. Strongly recommended.

My rating: ****

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 Alone by CLEPSYDRA album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.03 | 128 ratings

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Alone
Clepsydra Neo-Prog

Review by Aragon

5 stars This album is a Masterpiece! This is sure one of the best album of the '90 and their best album IMHO. The style is very close to Marillion fish-era, but actually they have their very own sound, thanks largely to their strong, and theatrical lead singer. Every song is well structured and there are heavy parts and mellow passage in the same composition, with beatiful guitar solos and background keyboards. The songs are much emotional, and all the compositions are well structured with smooth change of time and boombastic keyboards, there is no instruments dominant here, and the music is much cohesive. Highly recomended 5 stars

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