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Glass Hammer


Symphonic Prog

2.05 | 92 ratings

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4 stars This is more like it, GH's first studio work and (like the later work The Middle Earth Album) it is based on JRR Tolkiens Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I've read the books and seen the fabulous CGI epic unfold at the cinema, thus I'm fairly familiar with the story. It's ambitious to make a concept album on such a masterpeice of English fantasy literature, especially your first studio CD, but I think that GH have managed quite well and have produced some nice examples of keyboard orientated Symphonic prog rock. Yep it's derivative of ELP and YES, but thats not a thing that puts me off, in fact I welcome it. If your looking for nice keyboard arpegios and nice Hammond work, then you will like this CD I'm Sure. One track has a bit right from Heart of the Sunrise, but I'll let you listen for it. However this track was cruising towards a 3.8 and rounding down to a THREE when tracks, (15) Morannon Gate (5:41) and (16) The Return Of The King (7:55), just blow me away. This has happened on every one of GH's CD's so far (except the Middle earth effort), suddenly you get a track that just takes your breath away. On this the rocky 15th track is excellent but then in turn is overshadowed by a sumptuous keyboard instrumental that just is SUPERB and take this CD to a 4.2 thus a FOUR. Buy it for tracks 15 and 16, they are that good.
M27Barney | 4/5 |


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