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UK act LYRIAN started out as a trio consisting of John Blake (vocals, guitars), Alison Felstead (vocals, bass) and Paul W. Nash (vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion, woodwinds) back in 2006. All of them past or present librerians. By 2008 they had an album worth's of material ready, and after indexing them released their debut concept album Nightingale Hall.

One year later Edgar Wilde (drums, percussions) joined the band, and this now four men (or, according to their homepage, halflings) strong band began working on their sophomore production. Planned as a double concept album, with the winter of 2011 as the projected time of release.

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3.22 | 17 ratings
Nightingale Hall
3.43 | 25 ratings
The Tongues of Men and Angels
3.60 | 17 ratings
The Jester's Quest in the City of Glass

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Four Short Songs For Saturnalia
4.67 | 3 ratings
Sick Roses
4.20 | 5 ratings

LYRIAN Reviews

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 The Jester's Quest in the City of Glass by LYRIAN album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.60 | 17 ratings

The Jester's Quest in the City of Glass
Lyrian Crossover Prog

Review by sussexbowler

4 stars Pleasant keyboard-led Medieval storytelling, using the musical instrument effectively to create the mood of the period and of the story.

Drawn into this by the excellent 'Flight of the Enchanter', I was not to be disappointed by the overall album, which contains much variety within the constraints of the instruments used'

Atmospheric and gentle, a story is narrated in an unflustered manner, providing unexpected visualistations of a journey.

If there's one thing missing, then it's angst and drama, because the story unhurriedly and gently unfolds itself.

Comtemporary instruments are reigned-back to create the perfect mood, but this still remains modern music, beautiful modern Prog., no less.

As regards the singing, well it's the Jester after all, how else is he supposed to sound? It basically reinforces what you're dealing with here, story-wise. I didn't find it obtrusive after a while.

Gentle and pleasant, I more than rather enjoyed this album.

 The Jester's Quest in the City of Glass by LYRIAN album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.60 | 17 ratings

The Jester's Quest in the City of Glass
Lyrian Crossover Prog

Review by dauinghorn

4 stars In a sea of "progressive" rock with autotuned vocals, overproduced and uninspired sounds, Lyrian stands out with a mixture of PG-era Genesis and British folklore with a lot of charme. Many nice keyboards sounds, over-the-top vocals that in my ears fits the production very well and interesting arrangements and narration. The fact that almost the whole band are librarians makes the project even more interesting. The whole story is included in the nice CD version of the album. I want more of this in Prog Rock anno 2016; Concepts and fairytales, folklore, fantasy and organic instrumentation. It is definitely included in my top 10 from this year (for now).
 The Tongues of Men and Angels by LYRIAN album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.43 | 25 ratings

The Tongues of Men and Angels
Lyrian Crossover Prog

Review by Progulator
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3 stars Skirting the edges of classic 70′s prog and neoprog, The Tongue of Angels and Men delivers a very thoughtful journey into a theatrical world of music. What initially caught my attention about this album was heavy blend of early Crimson and Genesis with loads of theatricality and a strong bardic approach. The presentation of music and lyrics really made me feel like an intended listener, as if the band were presenting itself to me directly. John blakes jester like vocals, while far from refined, are thoroughly narrative in their sound. He comes across as a very interesting vocalist, in my opinion; his tone is thin and his voice is feelbe, but in such a way to where its got a creepy vibe and carries with it the menacing sincerity of an old man telling you a haunting and ancient truth in a dark room. In terms of the instrumental performances, Lyrian's music is not the virtuoso type at all, but they offer a pretty enjoyable prog rock palette which includes pipe organs and synthesized woodwinds, always presented in ways that obviously and unashamedly avoid anything close to a modern rock sound. In the end, Lyrian delivers an album with a sound that seeks to take you back to more ancient worlds while maintaing a sound which very, very British. While some of the instrumental sections can be a bit long winded at times without offering strong instrumental hooks or flash, the extremely enjoyable vocals and narrative make the album worth a listen. Not a masterpiece, but a solid effort.
 Nightingale Hall by LYRIAN album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.22 | 17 ratings

Nightingale Hall
Lyrian Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Paul Nash and John Blake have been friends since their schools days and the idea of coming up with a band and their own compositions was circulating since late-70's.However this project got late some 30 years, when Blake, Nash and Nash'es life partner Alison Felstead eventually formed Lyrian in Oxfordshire, UK in 2006.It took not very long for Lyrian to compose some new and fresh material along with some re-worked lyrics and music from Nash/Blake's early days that resulted to the first album ''Nightingale Hall'', released on their own Medieval Records.

This is a concept work, that deals with the story of a country house, from its erection till' its fire distruction.Musically the band shows some love for the early GENESIS days, when both symphonic and folk elements were major part of their music.So what the listener should expect from ''Nightingale Hall'' is some well-crafted musicianship, which switches from light Symphonic Rock to acoustic British Folk with careful structures and a dreamy atmosphere.Four out of the eight compositions are over 10 minutes long and they are exactly fitting the above description.Lyrian offer a good blend of acoustic textures with a bit too melodramatic still very clear vocals along with symphonic organ-arrangements and nice electric guitar work in the vein of HACKETT and LATIMER.It is always great to see a new band alternating between mellow, romantic parts to long dramatic instrumentals with some grandiose keyboard work with such comfort.Throughout the album Lyrian manage to create a very fairytale-atmosphere, very close to the concept, what is not among the positives are only a few overstretched ideas and the sound of drums, which seems like they have been programmed.

Attractive blend of modern Symphonic and Folk Rock by a band I trully consider talented.Keep an eye on Lyrian, meanwhile their debut remains a recommended release, especially if you like atmospheric prog adventures with both softer and richer moments.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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