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Founded in Chesham, UK circa 1994 - Hiatus between 1999-2013 - Reformed in 2014

DRIFTING SUN were formed sometime during early-90's (originally named Drama), after French natives Pat Sanders (keyboards) and Manu Sibona (bass) left their homecountry and landed in the UK. There they met American singer Rafe Pomeroy and four pieces were recorded in a London-based studio, then sent to Musea for evaluation. The French label decided to sign the band on their branch-label Brennus and in 1996 the self-titled debut of the band sees the light with Karl Groom participating on one track.

Drifting Sun decided to move on as an independent group, the line-up was expanded with the addition of Tobin Bryant and Bryant's friend, guitarist John Spearman, while Pomerey was replaced by another American vocalist, Chris Martini.By the end of the year 1998 the band had launched the sophomore effort "On the Rebound".

What followed was a very long break, but recently Sanders gave his band another chance, gathering a new line-up with singer Peter Falconer, drummer Will Jones and bassist/guitarist Dan Storey. The third work of DRIFTING SUN "Trip the Life Fantastic" was released in early 2015, a digital album, available via several online digital stores.

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3.30 | 25 ratings
Drifting Sun
1996
3.94 | 44 ratings
On The Rebound
1999
3.85 | 142 ratings
Trip The Life Fantastic
2015
3.85 | 133 ratings
Safe Asylum
2016
3.81 | 81 ratings
Twilight
2017

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5.00 | 4 ratings
From the Vault: Demos & Drafts
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
On the Rebound
2016

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4.50 | 4 ratings
Piano Works
2015
4.29 | 7 ratings
Lady Night
2015
4.40 | 5 ratings
Alice
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Hidden Truth
2016
4.33 | 3 ratings
A Year In Black
2016
4.00 | 5 ratings
Eternal Cycle
2017
4.50 | 2 ratings
Remedy
2018

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 Twilight by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.81 | 81 ratings

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Twilight
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars One of the better sounding/produced Neo Prog albums of the year.

1. "Twilight (The Other Side Of Life)" (9:25) some refreshing and creative constructs and vocals using familiar sounds in the instrumental tapestry. Lead singer Peter Falconer has an okay voice which takes some getting used to, but I must give him credit for his courage and creativity. (8.5/10)

2. "Wings Of Hope" (5:13) piano intro sounds quite a bit like the previous song's melodies and chord construction. I like the variation in vocals as rendered by the engineering. It turns out the delicate, flighty opening is only an intro as a blues-rockin' song bursts out in the third minute. Again, I like the multi-voiced vocal constructions. (8.5/10)

3. "Mystery Of Lies" (5:46) spoken muted voice and sustained lead electric guitar single notes open this one before the full band enters at the end of the first minute. The following nylon string-supported soft vocal is rather sudden and incongruous. Piano-base and choir-like vocals pop in for a moment before we return to the previous guitar-and-voice theme. Odd song. I'm not sure it works. (8/10)

4. "Soldiers" (7:23) the vocals and melody in the opening section don't work on this one. Too simple, despite the lyrical intent. The light, sophisticated multi-voiced "choral" work in the middle is awesome--which is then followed by a "heavy" section replete with disappointing standardized Neo Prog sounds and that were popular in the early 1990s (COLLAGE). (8/10)

5. "Summer Skies" (10:49) Great vocal performance over 1990s keyboards (again, the Polish Neo Proggers COLLAGE or SATELLITE come to mind). Still, this one is fresh enough to make it one of my top three. Even when it amps up for the choruses it still has an engaging sound and feel. Piano interlude is pretty though nothing special--better served when the multiple delicate voices join in. Yea, I can even disregard the dated keyboards for this one. (9/10)

6. "Remedy" (5:19) feels like a continuation, musically, of the previous song, though it's vocal stylings and melodies are different. (8.5/10)

7. "Outside" (5:24) this one could come from a 80s/90s metal/hair band: vocals, power chords, solo electric guitar, and song construction all sound and feel like it. (7.5/10)

8. "Remain "(8:11) another song that feels like the continuation of the precious three opens with a spoken "Twilight" passage All of this fits into that aforementioned metal/hair band early 90s genre/period/sound. Nice keyboard solo over an odd kick drum sound. Finale with calypso drums sound? Weird. (8/10)

3.5 stars; rated up for being a decent and often clever and creative Neo Prog contribution to prog world.

 Eternal Cycle by DRIFTING SUN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2017
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Eternal Cycle
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars The band have made this two-track EP available free of charge from their website, so that progheads can see what the band sound like in 2017. The title song isn't available elsewhere, while the second, 'Soldiers" is taken from the latest album. This is a great way to find out about a band that will certainly not be on many people's radar, and yet with the string arrangements and vocals, they would be if people just heard them, so this a great idea. I have known about them for more than 20 years now, and am just annoyed that I have been missing put on them for the last few years, but now I know they are back I am going to be watching for future releases with interest. If you enjoy strong thoughtful crossover progressive rock with strong influenced from recent Marillion (except more enjoyable to my ears) why not visit their website, go to the Music tab and download this yourself.
 Twilight by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.81 | 81 ratings

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Twilight
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars

Back in a different life, when I was still working the night shift in a supermarket, and living in an ex-council house in the UK, I used to run a fanzine called Feedback. These were the days before the internet, and as I was one of the few outlets for prog reviews, I used to receive a lot of material from different bands and labels. One of these labels was Musea, and one day they sent me the debut album by Drifting Sun. I said some nice things about them, and I was sent the sophomore release at the end of the Nineties, and then, nothing. Keyboard player Pat Sanders had always been the main man in Drifting Sun, and after some years away he eventually decided to return to the music industry and to resurrect the band name with a brand-new line-up. The third album was released in 2015 (what's sixteen years between friends?), the fourth followed just a year later, and now we are here with the fifth. I haven't heard the intervening albums, but one day out of the blue Pat contacted me again (one advantage of keeping the same email address forever), and asked if I would be interested in hearing what they sounded like today, and now here I am playing Drifting Sun more than 20 years after our paths first crossed.

I deliberately haven't gone back and played the first two albums, although they are still here on my shelves, as I felt that would probably be unfair and I should treat them as a new act. Immediately, what did surprise me were the harmonies and sheer professionalism that pervades this release. It certainly doesn't remind me of what they used to be like, as there is a lot more thought and attention to detail in the arrangements, which are full of space and room for everyone to move and breathe. Although they are different in many ways to Big Big Train, they are the band that they remind me of the most, both in terms of musical construct and how they have moved such a very long way from their roots. ProgArchives list these guys as neo-prog, and at one time that would have been the case, but they have moved far more into the Crossover sub-genre now, and if they were put forward for inclusion now I am sure that is where they would be placed.

They have been heavily influenced by Hogarth-era Marillion, but have managed to stay away from the twee and contribute something that is both interesting and easy to listen to. This is prog that invites the listener in. True, it could never be played just in the background as it might disappear, but when wanting to play music in the evening to sit and relax to then this is almost perfect in many ways. With three albums in three years it is safe to say that Drifting Sun are very much back, and I for one am very glad they are

 Twilight by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.81 | 81 ratings

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Twilight
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Last Winter was a tough one for me, being on my own for the first time in my life after the separation. So I thought of this brilliant idea of going through my Neo-Prog albums that are 4 stars and up hoping this would give me a lift. Well it didn't work but I sure enjoyed the experience. One album that really stood out for me though was "Safe Asylum" by this band DRIFTING SUN. So yes I was really looking forward to spending some time with their latest this past week. Well spin number one was a disappointment but they often are, trouble was that this just never got better even after 8 spins. I would even go as far to say that the first four tracks from "Safe Asylum" are better than my favourite song on "Twilight". Even the singer didn't quite sound the same to my ears but the bottom line for me is that this just isn't nearly as good as the previous record. I did play "Safe Asylum" tonight for comparison sake.

"Twilight(The Other Side Of Life)" opens with synths as the vocals join in followed by a fairly heavy soundscape. The tempo picks up before 1 1/2 minutes with fast paced vocals. It settles 2 minutes in with organ, guitar, drums and more but it's still fairly heavy. Synths only to follow like the intro then a calm with synths and laid back vocals. A relaxed guitar solo before 4 minutes then the vocals return. It kicks in again and there's some nice vocal arrangements when it calms down again. A beautiful guitar solo before 6 minutes followed by passionate vocals.

"Soldiers" opens with acoustic guitar before relaxed vocals, drums, bass and synths take over. It picks up after 1 1/2 minutes but the focus is on the vocals. A calm with piano only after 3 minutes then the bass joins in followed by vocals around 4 minutes. It kicks in again before 5 minutes with the guitar out front. Spoken words 6 1/2 minutes in as it settles right down. "Wings Of Hope" opens with piano as fragile vocals join in. It kicks in after 2 1/2 minutes with prominent bass, drums and synths with guitar to follow. Passionate vocals a minute later then the tempo picks up.

"Summer Skies" is the longest tune on here as almost 11 minutes and this is my favourite by far, it's not close. Like the previous album this one just has some great melodies and emotion. A feel good track all the way. Atmosphere to start as the bass joins in then drums. Guitar is next then vocals just before a minute. The keys and vocals really move me here. So much emotion. It's building. I like the vocal melodies with vocals 3 minutes in. A change follows as it turns emotional as those vocals really impress. I like how themes are repeated as well. The vocalist gets a little carried away before 5 1/2 minutes like he's on American Idol or something. Kind of funny. An instrumental section follows that goes on and on before the vocals return after 8 minutes and there's that gorgeous melody again before 9 minutes. Nice.

"Mystery Of Lies" has some guitar noodling to start in atmosphere. it kicks into gear with vocals just before 2 minutes. I like this. Acoustic guitar and high pitched vocals only after 2 1/2 minutes then it kicks in again as contrasts continue. "Remedy" opens with piano and drums as the guitar grinds away slowly. Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes and they do get emotional before 3 1/2 minutes. They stop a minute later as the music becomes more urgent sounding.

"Outside" has an orchestral start before it calms right down with atmosphere and keys. Reserved vocals and acoustic guitar a minute in. Keys then strings return as well. It kicks in hard just before 2 minutes with heavy drums then the tempo picks up with fast paced vocals. I'm not into this. Piano only before 4 minutes then it builds with drums, vocals and more.

"Remain" kicks into a full sound rather quickly. Spoken words just before 2 minutes as the instrumental sound stays constant. Vocals are back 2 1/2 minutes in and I like the sound a minute later with piano and drums before the guitar starts to solo. Synths replace the guitar around 4 1/2 minutes. A calm with vocals before 6 minutes but the sound does get fuller.

A pretty good album but no more than 3 stars for me. I'm looking forward though to some of their earlier albums if I can track them down.

 Twilight by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.81 | 81 ratings

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Twilight
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by The Jester

5 stars Twilight is the brand new album by Drifting Sun, that was released a few days ago, on the 1st of September 2017. It is the band's 5th studio album, and I dare say that, it is their best work by far. I was lucky enough to have the digital version in my hands, almost 2 weeks before the album's official release, and I listened to it lots of times. I am not going to present the album song by song here, but I will try to give you the general "picture". Twilight is Drifting Sun's 3rd studio release in the last 3 years. (And 5th overall). After a long break, Pat Sanders reformed the band and released Trip the Life Fantastic in 2015 that was their first album of the new period, followed by Safe Asylum, one year later. In comparison with the two previous albums, Twilight is better in every aspect. Further than the top notch musicianship, there is a great improvement when it comes to the compositions. Twilight is not as dark as Safe Asylum, or so "easy going" like Trip the Life Fantastic. Here, the compositions became better and more complicated, without becoming boring or tiring for the listener. The band kept its unique sound, which is driven by the wonderful ? once more ? keyboards of Pat Sanders. Also, Mathieu Spaeter's performance on guitar is really good, and it is adding many points to the final outcome! (Mathieu is the band's new guitar player, who came as a replacement of Dan Storey). When I listened to the album for the first 1-2 times, I realized that was a good one, better than the previous ones, but that was it. But with every new listen, I was discovering more and more things I loved in it. And believe it or not, finally I was listening to it almost 2-3 times a day. For that reason, I strongly recommend that you pay some extra attention to it and you will be rewarded. Now that I know the album really well, I can say that I love almost every moment in it, starting with the opening song, which is one of my most beloved ones. Speaking of beloved songs, here's my list: Twilight, Wings of Hope, Soldiers and Remedy. Because I like all the songs in this album, I usually put it in my CD player, I press "play" and I am listening to it without a break. If you know Drifting Sun, have in mind that this is their best work so far, so do not hesitate to go and buy Twilight. If you don't know them so well, this a very good starting point. If you know them, but you don't like them, well, there's nothing I can do about that, can I? In my opinion this is one of the best releases of 2017, so far at least. Congratulations, this is an excellent job! Highly Recommended! My rating would be 4.5 out of 5.0 stars
 On The Rebound by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.94 | 44 ratings

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On The Rebound
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Drifting Sun's latest opus "Asylum" was a shockingly delirious surprise, certainly taking my ears by storm and rendering them gaga, as my drippy review clearly denounced. Easily one of the 'Grand Crus' of 2016 and a perennial future mainstay in my rotation. Keyboardist and leader Pat Sanders decided to seize on all the hoopla to remaster and release their 1998 opus "On the Rebound", invigorating it with sharper production and wider sonic depth. Obviously 18 years have passed, so the quality of the song writing must (and does) stand the test of time, with the added benefit of a fresh coat of sonic paint and modern veneer. Evidently , the material here is first rate and should have been better received but alas, was not!

"The Charade" spans 13 minutes and is spearheaded by an eloquent piano ride, demonstrating that Pat is a highly gifted keyboardist , ably supported by a muscular guitarist in John Spearman , a wild Fishy vocalist in American Chris Martini as well as a tough drummer in Tobin Bryant. Pat's long ?time associate and French compatriot Manu Sibona handles the low end with overt influence and power. This is primo neo-prog of the finest vintage, as tasty if not more so than all the usual suspects (IQ, Pendragon, Pallas, Marillion etc?), expertly delivered, passionately rendered and seared by some strong dramatics.

The heavier disposed "Swan Song" packs quite a punch, as the piece is organ boosted and guitar molested, playfully symphonic (those celestial harpsichord patches I adore) when needed , rock 'n roll when push comes to shove , Spearman peeling off a few frenzied twisters on the fret board, as the rhythm section thunders onward. Martini sings perfectly, no hint of a Yankee accent, actually incorporating some shrieking tendencies that would easily grace a metal album, the man can screech! Ebb and flow, gentle and serene one moment and then explosive the next, no boring 'walk in the park' affliction here.

"Drifting Sun" is the name of the band and the title of the track, anthemic at first, a 'paradise of the soul', Martini doing a great moaning job on the microphone, a very difficult task not to sound kitsch, so kudos to you, man! Again the piano is the dominating force here, which is why this band rises above the rest, I have noticed that high quality neo is really dependent on a gifted ivory tickler. The energetic vocal inflections are constantly on the edge, a pleasant surprise and a constant guarantor of avid audience acquiescence. Thrilling, pulpy, juicy and abundant, this is top-notch material, not really accessible as there is a lot of dizzying instrumental gyrations, keeping the sonic sword skilfully honed.

The sun has gone down for a brief rest and the "Long Nights" has graced the stage, another extended piece that proposes nocturnal fantasies in a mistier setting, pervading fog rolling over the pavement, spooky shadows and eerie mutterings, 'too much confusion' wails the trembling Martini, as the mood continues its Halloween waltz. There is almost a British-tinged Ange groove here, theatrics drenched in schizophrenia, where demented vocals, a lilting cemetery beat and a sense of unease suffuses and infiltrates the curious mind. The instrumental adornments are all unbelievably adept and creative, Spearman's lunacy-ridden solo as prime example! I mean wow! Stunning track.

Spiraling aimlessly into the cosmos after such a catapult of sound and emotion, the Drifting Sun spaceship reaches "Heaven's Eyes", a shorter ballad of exquisite polish and reflection, again adorned by grandiose piano manipulations that exalt beauty, as paralleled by Martini's anguished vocals. Precious and then ferocious, the passion plays out fully. Beautiful, just plain beautiful. Tears can easily emanate from those eyes!

Two 10 minute slices finish off this entertaining disc, the first , "Minstrel" reverts immediately to proggier realms, an opening of oddly echoing choir work setting the tone for a rather conspicuously diverse piece, the bass guitar rampaging with impunity, obese and obedient, dragging the pace as well as the others. The arrangement engages a new direction at will, the ornate piano being again the motivator for change and altered direction. Martini is hysteric, higher-pitched and melodramatically inclined, just to keep things boiling. The electric guitar squeals when prompted but well within certain linear perspectives. A medieval-tinged outro does wonders for the soul, as the wind blows mercilessly and the bell tolls.

Throw away that mask, show your real face will you? Identify yourself, sire! Very well, scoundrels! "Mon Masque" has fallen to the ground, revealing a bruising bass that sets up a groove that veers in all directions, extremely contorted and luxuriant. Then a few French words just to upset the cart and further confuse, glittering prize of robust rumble, eerie organ flutters and clanging guitars. Again a slight Ange feel that is utterly delightful. The axe solo is stalked by a synth foray, nothing overly complex but definitely agitated and nervy. As per "Safe Asylum", the piano is the major highlight, don't get me wrong, all the other players are exquisite in their own right but the emotional impact of that mythical instrument is prominently displayed on all tracks and acts as a definite reference point. Great slice of their career and meritorious of further investigation and ultimate purchase.

4.5 slippery orbs

 On The Rebound by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.94 | 44 ratings

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On The Rebound
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Drifting Sun made a great little comeback lately, but On the Rebound shows that they were no slouches before their 16 year hiatus. When you see a neo-prog album whose title comes from the opening line of Cinderella search, you're inclined to expect a straight-up clone of Marillion's 1980s style. Far from that, Drifting Sun offer something much more interesting - a piece which makes me think of what Marillion might have sounded like in the mid-1990s had they not broadened their sound with a range of influences from outside neo-prog once Steve Hogarth came in but instead kept their old style advancing and developing. Worth a second look, now that the band are back in force.
 Safe Asylum by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.85 | 133 ratings

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Safe Asylum
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Bands playing neo-prog inspired by the 1980s work of Marillion, Pendragon and IQ aren't exactly thin on the ground, but Drifting Sun stand out of the crowd on Safe Asylum with how capably they are able to produce beautiful moments comparable to the most emotive heights that their neo-prog inspirations could evoke at their prime. Guitarist Dan Storey in particular deserves praise for adding a darker and harder-edged tone to proceedings which helps Drifting Sun carve out a distinctive musical sphere for themselves, whilst Pat Sanders deserves to sit next to Mark Kelly and Clive Nolan in the pantheon of neo-prog keyboardists.
 Safe Asylum by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.85 | 133 ratings

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Safe Asylum
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Drifting Sun is one of those bands that have come up on my radar recently, intrigued by some of the reviews that speak very highly of their quality neo-prog as well as the rather interesting history. Keyboardist Patrick Sanders is actually a French national who, along with bassist Manu Sibona tried creating a band called Drama in his home country but that name was already taken by Eric Azhar and his mates. Pat then went to Canada (Quebec for a while) and then established himself in the UK, founding Drifting Sun in 1996, surrounding himself with top notch local British musicians. "Safe Asylum" is their fourth release and it's a real jewel, taking into account that for neo-prog to be brilliant, it requires fabulous instrumental prowess, a concise vision and stylistic delivery. These pro players are a well-rounded team, led by Sanders' arsenal of keyboards, guitarist Dan Storey has both grit and fluency in his sharp technique, drummer Will Jones provides a rock solid foundational rhythm to the arrangements, while vocalist Peter Falconer owns an immediately attractive set of vocal chords. I am not familiar with their previous releases but if "Safe Asylum" is any kind of barometer then I look forward to having all their highly rated prior albums in my collection.

A stirring 8 minute+ piece kicks off the proceedings, "King of Hearts" is the owner of sensational contrasts, a suave universe where soft melodic passages that exude charm coalesce with powerful surges, a myriad of rhythmic alterations, chock full of bombastic keyboard swerves and a fab vocalist who strangely reminds me of Lou Gramm of Foreigner fame, a unswerving compliment if I may say! What a way to kick off an album, exciting, frenzied, slick and bluesy emotions are all there to stun into silence!

"The Hidden Truth" keeps the delicate sound of their thunder blasting along, this time a lot smoother groove with choppy, almost jazzy rhythmic pulses and a delectable melody, sung to utter perfection by Falconer. Storey peels off an intricate and extended axe solo, laden with emotive gulp, a slowly built sizzle that bites the melodic hand that feeds it, blending in acoustic guitar when needed, all the while helped along by the sublime synths and ornate piano. Drummer Jones is in the spotlight with his deft wrists doing some nifty tricks.

The longest track here , the dreamy "Intruder " clocks in over 10 minutes and is definitely a highlight track, showcasing all the accumulated strengths that exude from these rather stellar craftsmen, a particular attention to a shrieking vocal that will 'shiver me timbers", sincerely frightening and deliverer of goose bump emotions. The keyboard and guitar interplay are reminiscent of the legendary Mick Rogers-Manfred Mann duo, hitting notes like two power tennis sluggers, smashing, lobbing, volleying and acing like no other. The ominous lyrical content is equally interesting, dealing with sombre subject matter, submerged in dark and moody atmospheres, like some distant hurricane waiting to destroy.

A moment of respite is needed after all that urgent experience, the delicate "Alice" is initially led by piano and voice. And what a voice! Peter Falconer hits a higher register than previously thought, a bucolic ballad in a very English style, about some 'pretty girl', all innocence and desire, fueled by a gorgeous, violin-led orchestral passage that has a Beatles-like hue that cannot be ignored. Absolutely spellbinding! Four tracks in and you can already tell this will be a masterpiece! And of course, if there is an "Alice", there must be a "Wonderland" not too far away and the 8 minute segue fits perfectly into their creative development, a darker universe of more complex symphonics, a measured pace with a huskier voice from this fabulously talented vocalist! A dreamy piano sequence is then followed by a harder guitar rampage, a slick organ in tow as the rhythmic section heightens the propulsion with a surging vocal that pants and emotes like no other. Pat then twirls and dances with his guitar partner, who blitzes with the best, lightning fast and hyper bluesy. Bold, insistent, confident, sizzling and proud, this is truly another sublime track on a truly remarkable release.

The yearning towards the divine comes across on the appropriately named "Gods", proprietor of a ridiculously perfect melody, celestial chorus and that eternal contrast between soft and hard, as if defining the links between Heaven and Hell, gloriously majestic and enchanting. Once again, Falconer's pipes really do wonders, a modern-day Hercules of the microphone.

Back to darker expanses with the stark "Desolation" and its companion piece "Retribution", perfectly highlighting the unique methodology of doubling up songs in pairs, paralleling their sonic palette philosophy as well as the obvious symbiosis between soloists. 'Close your eyes' Peter intones in a broken monotone (the man can sing, bellow, wail, whisper and shout). Will Jones does his best Chris Slade imitation (another compliment), pummeling his skins with apparent ease and effect. A torrid fretboard solo ensues, shoved along by a pugnacious bass, slithering synth and driving organ. Delirium! I really cannot help seeing the comparison to a modern and proggier version of Manfred Mann's Earth Band, circa "Bombers & Nightingales". That is another compliment of the highest standard!

The super short guitar solo is just pure "Emphasis", a lovely wink and nod. This tremendous disc is finished up with a gorgeous piano-driven instrumental piece "Vagabond", Pat firmly in the thin beam of the spotlight, his synths not far behind, while Dan Storey introduces his thrilling wah-wah pedal to the mix, caressing his instrument with conviction and unabashed zeal.

One of the finest recordings one is to listen to in 2016, a kaleidoscope of crystalline instrumental interplay and stellar vocalizing, within songs that have both depth, thunder and emotion. Lovely artwork, great sonic production and a truly first rate package. This just might finish on top of my 2016 list, as I would have a hard time imagining anyone else knocking this one lower. It's a 'safe asylum'.

5 Innocuous Havens

 Safe Asylum by DRIFTING SUN album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.85 | 133 ratings

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Safe Asylum
Drifting Sun Neo-Prog

Review by The Jester

4 stars Review #23 Just a few days ago, Drifting Sun released their new album named as Safe Asylum. Safe Alylum has a fantastic cover, made by A Russian artist as Pat Sanders told me, but I don't remember the name to be honest. But in comparison with "Trip" this is better by far!

As for the music, it is clear to me that the band tried to create something different this time, in comparison with their previous album. 'Trip the Life Fantastic' was a lighter and more melodic album, with Pat's piano being the leading instrument on most occasions. It included shorter compositions and more "catchy" melodies. On the other hand, Safe Asylum is darker, with longer and more complex compositions, and because of that, it needs a few more listens in order to be appreciated. With every new listening the album "grows" in you, and then it is very hard to leave it aside. There are some similarities with the previous album of course, like for example the beautiful melodic passages and the strong guitar riffs and solos.

Safe Asylum includes 8 tracks (plus 2 bonus in the limited edition). 3 of them were included in last year's EP release, under the name 'Alice'. These 3 songs are: Alice, Vagabond and Emphasis. I am not going to get into details and write about each song separately, but I will mention my most favorite songs, which are the following: The Hidden Truth, Intruder, Desolation-Retribution, Wonderland and Gods. The latter is the highlight of the album. (In my opinion, of course).

Although Safe Asylum is a rather different album in comparison with 'Trip', it is equally good if not better. Definitely a very serious piece of work that deserves your attention! Recommended to the fans of modern Progressive Rock, Neo-Prog and to all those who can appreciate a well-structured album, with beautiful melodies and strong emotions in it. My Rating would be 4.0 stars.

Thanks to apps79 for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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