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BEE YOURSELF

Leviathan

 

Neo-Prog

3.29 | 27 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars In 1988 a long period full of concert begins for Leviathan.The result of this heavy promotion was the group to become known not only in their homecountry, but also in Germany, Holland, Japan, France and The United States, achieving some very good sales.In July 1989 a new member joins the group, keyboardist Andrea Amici, who replaced Franco Pezzella and a second album, entitled ''Bee yourself'', is recorded and released in 1990 on Contempo Records.

Very good Neo Prog of the MARILLION/DEYSS school of Prog is the name of the game for another Leviathan release, who deny any evident links with the Italian Prog movement for a more British-styled Progressive Rock, relying on melody, bombastic keyboards and sensitive vocals, all delivered in the English language.The sound of Leviathan remains emotional and very atmospheric with nice vocal harmonies, catchy tunes, interesting guitar work ala STEVE ROTHERY and 80's-flavored keyboards with symphonic orientations, which nevertheless suffer from a thin quality, as most of the bands of the time.''Bee yourself'' contains less tracks than Leviathan's debut, clocking though at the same length, and the reason is the addition of the 20-min. title track, the most ambitious effort of the group.This is definitely the most 70's-inspired composition of the album with a deep, symphonic sound akin to GENESIS and laid-back guitar work in the vein of PINK FLOYD.Lots of Classical influences, dramatic instrumental lines, theatrical, diverse voice performances and qualitive melodies appear in a well-structured piece with numerous shifting moods and even some complex keyboard themes, although the weak keyboard sound seems to be again a negative factor.

Typical product of 90's Italian Prog with English lyrics.Musically interesting, containing a combination of accesible and advanced ideas, fairly symphonic along the lines of the groups of the 70's, but always held down by a mediocre recording quality.Still recommended, especially if you are a MARILLION fan.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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