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REALM is a Kansas City progressive rock band with heavy emphasis on symphonic prog, sounding very much like early Yes. The lead vocals are as high and as similar as Anderson as one can get, and there are huge instrumental breaks dominated by keyboard wizardry. Steve VAIL is the visionary behind the band who produced a release called "Realm Time Tales" by System in 1981. This became the band REALM, with VAIL composing and writing all the tracks for "Time Tales" in 1983. The success of this project lead to the 1992 album "The Path" to mixed critical reactions. They are known as the Originator of Archaeology Prog Rock, with a lyrical content based on Zecharia Sitchin, ENKI, Eric Von Daniken, & Anunnaki.

Members of the band are vocalist/guitarist Darrell Studna , keyboardist Steve Vail and drummer Lake Furney, who replaced David Sears from the first album.

The music is full blown prog with time signatures, lengthy tracks, Palmer like drums, with Wakeman keyboards with a Moog bass sound, and Anderson like vocals. Influences are predominantly Yes, Wakeman, Genesis, and ELP. The band are attempting to preserve the type of prog 70s sound of "Tarkus" or "Tales of Topographic Oceans", the analog sound is achieved by use of a Kurzweil synthesizer and Moog bass. Studan and Vail extend a special thank you for help with the album to Rick Wakeman on the liner notes of "The Path". The majority of "The Path" pays tribute to God and nature. The band focus on distinct themes. They feature a protest song about Tiananmen Square with Little Bottle. Other themes that are focussed on include death and the afterlife.

REALM's albums are released on Syn-Phonic labels.

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2.75 | 8 ratings
Time Tales
2.89 | 19 ratings
The Path

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 The Path by REALM (STEVE VAIL) album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.89 | 19 ratings

The Path
Realm (Steve Vail) Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The forgotten Yes album ?

I have yet to read a review of this album which has not branded this album as the long forgotten Yes album. And I am afraid this review is no different from any other reviews of this, their second album. Sorry about my lack of imagination, btw.

The music here is like the classic Yes setup and the vocalist is a true copy of Jon Anderson. The only difference is Realm's more contemporary expression with more synths than keyboards. Steve Howe's imaginative guitars is also sadly missing here. The songs are not up to Yes high standards either.

So what we have got here is a good symphonic prog album in the Yes alley (did I mention Realm sounds like Yes ?) with some really good tracks like Waterfall and the title track. Some of the stuff here would not disgrace a Yes album from the 1980s. Some of the stuff here is throw away stuff. The drum solo in the middle of this album is.......... well, madness. This is an album which soothe the ears, but not prickles them. I happens to like this album and it is an almost obligatory purchase for the diehard Yes fans.

3.5 stars

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