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3.41 | 19 ratings | 3 reviews | 16% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Another road of one (4:42)
2. Serving no one (4:20)
3. Time traveller (4:02)
4. Ancient kings (3:04)
5. USA (3:52)
6. Fox scoff (4:38)
7. Herman Muenster (3:14)
8. Bullfight (5:49)
9. Seventh day (4:30)
10. Revelations (5:10)

Total Time: 43:21

Cd version track list:
1. Effective Elective (6:17) *
2. Another Road Of One (4:47)
3. Bullfight (5:55)
4. Time Traveller (4:05)
5. Ancient Kings (3:07)
6. Fox Scoff (4:42)
7. The Stick (4:36) *
8. USA (3:56)
9. Herman Muenster (3:18)
10. Serving No One (4:23)
11. Revelations (5:16)
12. Seventh Day (4:34)
13. Robot Reaction (5:02) *

Total Time: 59:58
..* Bonus tracks on cd release.

Line-up / Musicians

- Dave Johnson / guitar (2-3) (1-7 on cd), bass (13)
- Glenn Leonard / drums, keyboard solo (11)
- Kevin Leonard / keyboards, acoustic guitar (8), bass (5-9)
- Joe Newman / lead vocals, bass

Releases information

CD MUSEA FGBG 4076.AR (1993)

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(19 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
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Review by Greger
3 stars This is the progressive symphonic rock band NORTH STAR's first full-length independent cassette release. The band includes the keyboard maestro Kevin Leonard. The first album "Triskelion" don't reach the same quality as any of Kevin Leonard's solo releases, even though it has some highlights. The material is however so good that it should've been released on a major label. Their complex music is tight performed and it has many tempo changes and odd time signatures. Kevin is using a lot of analog synthesizers, which gives the music a unique sound. Musea have re-released the album on CD in 1993 and the original cassette release is out of print.
Review by apps79
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3 stars Thirty years of career are too much to ignore a band.This Pensylvania-based group was formed in 1976 by drummer Glenn Leonard and guitarist Dave Johnson,with Glenn's brother Kevin (keyboards) jumping on board a year later and bassist/singer Joe Newman joining a bit later.After a succesful demo,NORTH STAR enjoyed some local fame,which led them to record a - nowadays extremely rare - three-track EP in 1982.Several lives and radio broadcasts would follow,which were followed by the recordings of their debut ''Triskelion'',during which Johnson decided to quit.The album is long out of print,but fortunately re-issued on CD by Musea Records in 1993,including the three tracks of their 82' EP.

Very much a product of its time,''Triskelion'' is an album which steps both into mid-70's GENESIS music and early 80's progressive music...that means we have to deal with mid- or short-length tracks with plenty of vocals,energetic musicianship and some fine melodies as well.Lead vocalist Joe Newman sounds a lot like IQ's Peter Nichols and this is a good thing,at least for me,as I like this theatrical style of delivering the lyrics.Newman plays also some trully excellent bass in the album and the careful mixing helps notifying it.The main figure is definitely keyboardist Kevin Leonard,who's work is a bit uneven.Lots of interesting floating synths,atmospheric soundscapes and nice electronic effects show a talented musician,but there are also moments,where the keyboards sound a bit cheesy.Johnson plays the guitar on most of the tracks and he is the most balanced person on this album.Fine electric solos and decent riffs are dominating the album,but his work contains no risks at all.

Regarding the three bonus tracks of the 82' EP,these follow more or less the stye of the full- length album.Plenty of expressive vocals,strong drumming,a few surprising guitar breaks and a heavy load of digital synths.No more than three pleasant tracks,which have a historical value.

''Triskelion'' is a good album with its advantages and disadvantages,especially if we take the time of its release under consideration.Personally I enjoyed it quite a bit:plenty of memorable easy-listening stuff,but quite progressive material along with some mediocre moments. ...and this would be propably the conclusion for most Neo/Symph progheads out there...3 stars.

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