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4 stars With "Empires Never Last", Galahad has released an album that probably will end up in quite a few top 10 of 2007 lists at the end of the year.

The english veterans have combined mood tunes with several very strong songs here, with a soundscape that is really fascinating.

At the most mellow you may associate the music with early Marillion and late 70's Eloy, while the harder parts stretch out towards prog metal territory.

And the mood of the album is a dark one, filled with sadness, grief and anguish - and something undefinable "more".

As for instrumentation, the synth is central in adding to melodies and soundscape, as backdrop or floating above the other instruments in the soundscape. The guitars are dark, polished but somewhat gritty, and played so that you'll hear each individual tone to a shorter or longer extent rather than plain riffing. Rhythm section is energetic and hard, often played in a fashion reminding of prog metal. And the vocals are used as an instrument in it's own right as well.

My conclusion: Strong album, and should be checked out.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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