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Glass Hammer


Symphonic Prog

3.07 | 90 ratings

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3 stars ''Journey of the Dunadan'' showed just traces of some potential for Glass Hammer, eventually with their next release the duo of Fred Schendel and Steve Babb would present a less amateur, less ambitious and more focused sound.Their second work ''Perelandra'' was released in 1995 on Schnedel's Arion Records with only Michelle Young and guitarist David Carter from the previous line-up and several new faces contributing on vocals, guitars and sax.

The ambitious Tolkien-inspired experiments of the band were long over and with ''Perelandra'' Glass Hammer deal with the second book of C. S. Lewis' Space Trilogy, offering tight, flashy and well-arranged modern Symphonic Rock aking to MAGELLAN, CAIRO and KANSAS.The sound constantly changes from keyboard-driven beautiful instrumental themes with some great solos here and there to smooth and deeper atmospheres with an intense symphonic mood.Often the band delivers some good breaks and monster organ passages, blending the old school Prog with the more modern approach.And there are also some soft acoustic moments to hold things down when needed.The vocal delivery recalls again KANSAS' works, having a typical American approach, and the quite long list of singers helps creating every time the appropriate atmosphere.More importantly all these totally dull ballads of their debut is are thing of the past and the album explores the Prog field all the way through.

Great comeback for Glass Hammer.A more tight concept, definitely more solid musicianship and the better arranged ideas complete a warmy recommended work and the starting point of more interesting records by the band.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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