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DUG OUT ALIVE! 1993-2001




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4 stars Cliffhanger is another little unknown band that plays Neo-prog rock with vintage sounds and similarities with others Neo- prog bands are difficult to pin down, because the dark sound of their music with some strange atmosphere, make them a little bit on the outside of the typical Neo-prog bands. Their sound offers a strange mix, with keyboards up front and a bass that have more space than the guitars and even the vocals. The vocals are fading away sometimes in the mix, which could be a little frustrating. Despite this, the compositions are excellent with long instrumental breaks that show the talent of the keyboard player Dick Heijboer, plenty of beautiful symphonic passages, sometimes reminiscent of Genesis. Some instrumental parts are spacey and are stretch out a lot with songs at over 15 minutes.

This box set present 10 hours of live music with a surprising high quality. In total, there is 8 audio show and a bonus concert video of 47 minutes. The dark booklet with a grave in the name of Cliffhanger, the date of their birth and the date when they died! Those images goes well with some names of their songs ; "Cloudy Sky", "Sinister Memories", "Hopeless" and "Bad Dreams". You get the picture, this band enjoys dark concepts, haunting vocals that could be awkward at times when you can barely hear the lyrics. The bass is also strangely mixed in the whole production, but at least, it's original!

Their last cd "Circle" presents songs that are more straightforward with more vocals and less long development in the songs. My favorite cd is "Not to Be or Not to Be", that you can find on the live cd "Burning Alive". Despite technical issues in the production, the music as a nice atmosphere that you rarely find in the Neo-Prog bands. The bonus DVD has a good sound, the picture is not as good, but it's a rare item to have.

rdtprog | 4/5 |


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