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NOT OF THIS WORLD

Pendragon

 

Neo-Prog

3.89 | 483 ratings

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Pastmaster
1 stars Pendragon-Not of This World

'Not of This World' is the sixth studio album by British Progressive rock/metal band Pendragon. Before Pendragon started to rock a little harder on 'Believe' and venture into metal on 'Pure', Pendragon was a traditional progressive rock band with some classical influences.

The music is much different then the sounds heard on albums like 'Pure' and 'Passion', it is a much lighter and gentle sound compared to the heavy riffing of the aforementioned albums. Songs like 'If I Were the Wind' and 'Faithless' are good examples of this. They are relaxing and calming to say the least, nice for if you're feeling stressed and need something calming. Not to say this album is without some more rocking moments. Probably my favorite song from this album is the 80's Rush-like 'All Over Now', with great soaring solos by Nick Barrett and nice slow interludes. Another favorite of mine is the epic 'A Man Of Nomadic Traits', again with great solos by Barrett.

The music is played well, and I can enjoy a few songs even though it's not a kind of music I really enjoy. My main gripe about the album though, is the vocals. This is actually the problem I have with all of Pendragon's early releases, Nick Barrett's voice just doesn't fit with the style of music very well at all. His voice has a very raw tone to it, making it fit in better with the hard rock and metal songs of later albums.

Overall, 'Not of This World' is a decent traditional prog rock album. I'll never be a fan of these early Pendragon releases, but I'll listen to a few songs on here occasionally. Good, but I would recommend skipping to 'Believe' or 'Pure'.

Pastmaster | 1/5 |

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