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Symphonic Prog

3.56 | 65 ratings

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4 stars Hoggwash. What can you say about the name? I have to admit that it immediately turned me off and they were relegated to the heap of new bands that I was not going to invest any time or effort into investigating further. Just because of the name. But I have to tell you, do not be put off by the name because this is some very fine, mainly keyboard driven prog that should appeal to a lot of neo/symphonic listeners here.

Thanks to Erik Neuteboom for helping me get past the name and listening to some samples on the Hoggwash website. I deemed it worthy of purchase and have a very fine album with loads of melodies. The band is the brainchild of Welshman Will Mackie, founder of the Caerllysi Music label. From what I can tell, he wrote the music and brought in Ukrainian sensation Antony Kalugin to be the man to get the music played. His keyboards are the main force but there are quite a bit of very nice guitars throughout and that are given the spotlight with some lovely solos. The rest of the band complements the proceedings professionally. The flute, oboe and strings are also featured. The best comparison I can make to another band is Satellite and this album should be a no brainer for fans of that Polish outfit. Even Kalugin's vocals have a bit of that Satellite sound. Low and husky, they are not as powerful as some others out there, but they certainly fit well with the music here.

As far as the Satellite comparisons, I think this album is a bit more adventurous. After the first listen, you may be underwhelmed but further spins show that there is a lot going on and there is more meat on the bone than you might think. The tempo varies and the sound is full, with the main instruments standing out and providing great melodies. Guitarist Roman Philonenko really shines both in backing up the bountiful keyboards and when given one of his many solos. They range from slow and tasteful to occasionally blazing. They do not overstay their welcome as there are many more keyboard runs to get to.

I urge anyone with an open mind to check out the samples to get a taste of what is on display here. This is modern prog that can appeal to the old school folks who like their keyboards plentiful and varied. Kalugin is a guy who delivers and bears watching in the coming years. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy this and look forward to more from Hoggwash. A solid four stars. Now, about that name.

johnobvious | 4/5 |


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