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Bigelf - Closer to Doom (6 track version) CD (album) cover




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3.76 | 23 ratings

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3 stars This was the first official recording for Bigelf and it is only a taste of what they are to become. This particular title is a 6-track EP and it is only 25 minutes long. But it is full of truly enjoyable retro prog related music. Both heavy on organ and guitar, the band relies on old 70s equipment for instrumentation and they create fresh music for those people who continually lament that "there just isn't any good new music out there anymore". Guess what? There is still good music being made out there! Here it is, a band called Bigelf. But the music doesn't fall into the trap of feeling dated, it's new and original and based on the sound of bands from the 70's. Fans of Deep Purple and Uriah Heep will like this and everyone else would probably find it very enjoyable. Shades of The Beatles' harmonies exist punctuated by hard rock guitar of the highest caliber.

Since this is Bigelf's first, released back in 1998, it doesn't sound quite as polished and well produced as their later full albums would be, but it is still very well done. Hard rock with very good vocals, a lot of variety, great quality in the songwriting, it doesn't sound like a copy of other bands, it sounds like a band that would have co-existed right along with those bands producing prog related hard rock in the 70s except with updated production and mixing tools. What more could you want? I would suggest looking into their albums first, pick one, they are all good. Then get this one once you find out how big of a fan you are and you can't get enough of their music.

This one is good but not essential. It's great, but not quite to the level of excellent yet. Come back to this one though. But you must check them out. There is no reason why this band should not be a supergroup. 3 stars......but please check them out and stop complaining about there not being any great music anymore. (By the way, there so much great music out there still being made it will make your head spin if you only knew how much.)

TCat | 3/5 |


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