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NAPIER'S BONES

Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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NAPIER'S BONES are a UK band that take the Classic Prog-Rock sound as a foundation and build upon it to create their ownchallenging and extended form of progressive rock music.

Their focus is firmly on dramatic storytelling with subject matter capable of resonating with the listener today. Music that references the past but is very much of the here and now

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3.23 | 12 ratings
The Wistman Tales
2014
3.89 | 9 ratings
Tregeagle's Choice
2015

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 Tregeagle's Choice by NAPIER'S BONES album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.89 | 9 ratings

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Tregeagle's Choice
Napier's Bones Crossover Prog

Review by heartscore

4 stars Following the traditional path of the concept album Napier's bone's album "Tregeagle's choice" is based on the true historical story of Jan Tregeagle. The legend tells, that he sold his soul for success in life and Napier's bone's album is focusing on the legend creating an uni-directional story-line. The dramatic content is supported by the use of different singers. While the main role is taken over by UK based singer Nathan John Tillet, mastermind Gordon Midgley gives roles to other people as well. He takes over two roles himself. Other guests join a scene at a village, recreating an authentic crowd (track 5 "Vox populi") The story-line remind on other genius-stories like the one of Robert Johnson, Niccolo Paganini. Musically Midgley and Tillet have created a progressive rock style, which is also based on tradition (matching the historical story), but adding some unusual ingredients. The music is arranged with much diversity using all well- known elements of the classic phase of british progressive rock. The mellotron is intensively used, many different guitar-sounds and layers of guitar-sounds, some fine vocal-harmonies. Everything is pointing to the big ones of progressive rock: YES, Genesis and (most apparently) early King Crimson. Some people might be sad about the stylistic change of King Crimson after their first three albums towards Jazzrock and Avantgarde and exactly this group of people could be very happy with Napier's bones, if they are longing for a secret King Crimson-album between "The wake of Poseidon" and "Lizard". But "Napier's bones" is more than just a Yes/King Crimson - recreation for two reasons: The story told in "Tregeagle's choice" is much more concrete than the usual progressive lyrics. From the very beginning the listener is catched by the story-line, which is more comparable to 18th-century romantic ballad than to hard to understand Yes-lyrics. Second Nathan John Tillet's performance on the lead vocals is breathtaking different compared to classic prog- singers. Tillet sings like a very good drama-actor with emotional expression and much variety. His voice is causing suspense. Which progressive-rock-singer has ever caused suspense? Anderson? Greg Lake? Hamill? They are all very static singers, more another voice in the arrangement, more beautiful than thrilling. The emotional deepness of Tillet's style, and the rough and sometimes raspy timbre of his voice injects an unheard flavor to this progressive album, as if Roger Daltrey had joined King Crimson back in 1970.

A very pleasing album for listeners of both, Classic Rock and Progressive Rock

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 The Wistman Tales by NAPIER'S BONES album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.23 | 12 ratings

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The Wistman Tales
Napier's Bones Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars An interesting project from the British Islands, apparently led by Mr. Gordon Midgley, who happens to be a multi-instrumentalist, composer and lyricist, he is backed up by singer Nathan Jon Tillett.They are influenced by the classic bands of the country, such as King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator, Pink Floyd and Genesis and in July 2014 they launched their debut ''The Wistman tales'', a free download via the bandcamp sevice.

Sound of Napier's Bones is trully mysterious, innovative and often majestic.Their production on guitars and the use of a drum machine show some emphasis on the contemporary Prog/Art Rock scene, they sound a lot like the most recent PINK FLOYD-ian wannabees, RIVERSEA, EDISON'S CHILDREN and NINE STONES CLOSE to name a few.But they distinguish themselves quite easily from this group of bands, because Midgley has chosen to use constantly the Mellotron in all of the tracks, producing a genuine mix of nostalgic and modern Prog, the actual result is somewhere between KING CRIMSON's early orchestral offerings and PINK FLOYD's atmospheric acoustics.Pretty symphonic sound, which swirls around softer and more powerful moments, featuring a singer with a raspy voice and delivered mostly in mid-tempo textures with interesting solos and measured rhythms.Plenty of acoustic guitar as well to go along with big time grandiose, Mellotron-drenched orchestrations.Piano and other keyboards are used only sporadically, this one is mostly a combination of heavy electric guitars and Mellotron with some smooth plays in the process.The arrangements are pretty cool, albeit not extremely rich due to the limited instrumentation, Tilett's crunchy vocals work nicely next to the sinister instrumental parts and the result is pretty satisfying.

Atmospheric and often quite dark Prog Rock with orchestral overtones and huge references to very early King Crimson and Genesis as well as mid-70's Pink Floyd.Pretty hard to come up with accurate descriptions though, you need to hear this and conclude yourselves what this work is all about.Recommended.

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