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3.30 | 29 ratings | 6 reviews | 21% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The King Allways Wins (0:52)
2. Relativity (11:57)
3. As Ye Hath Sown (6:53)
4. Marathon (14:01)
5. In the Heart of the Man (12:05)
6. The Ring of Truth (9:38)

Total Time: 55:28

Line-up / Musicians

- Sean Frazier / vocals
- Mike Grimes / keyboards, backing vocals
- Matt Lipford / drums
- Craig Polson / basses, backing vocals
- Chris Ogburn / guitars, backing vocals

Releases information

Kinesis KDCD 1025

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PUPPET SHOW Traumatized ratings distribution

(29 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

PUPPET SHOW Traumatized reviews

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Review by Prog-jester
4 stars Great US one-shot band,playing a mixture of Neo-prog and Sympho-prog bordering Prog- Metal(not that agressive like now - more in early Dream Theater's vein).Such excellent track as "As ye hath Sown" gives the whole impression of the record - it begins with 7/8 pattern,continiues in "The Knife"-vein,has greta ballad-like mid-part and ends up again with groovy 12/8 part.Very emotional singer,good musicians,well played and composed epics ("Relativity" has awesome chorus!) - and a pretty underrated band as a result :-( They're must have been,along with DISCIPLINE,the mostly underrated US New Symphonic band from 90s...Give them some more attention,they do really worth it!!!
Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars 3.5 stars. I would describe PUPPET SHOW's sound as being keyboard dominated, with a passionate and emotional singer.

"The King Always Wins" is a very short instrumental consisting of powerful church organ. "Relativity" features swirling keyboards, and also a very GENESIS sounding keyboard melody. I don't think the vocalist could put any more into his singing. "As Ye Hath Sown" consists of a lot of mood shifts, a keyboard solo and mellotron, good song.There is a good guitar solo in "Marathon", and on my favourite "In The Heart Of Man" there are some reserved vocals and mellotron that are blown away at about 4 1/2 minutes by some very animated vocals. "The Ring Of Truth" has more mellotron, along keyboards galore and it gets heavy at times.

This is a solid release and well worth checking out.

Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars This band plays a fully Genesis oriented music (while they were five for most of it). The keyboards sounds are really similar while the vocalist tries to match Gabriel quite often ("Relativity" being an exception probably).

It happens that I like such bands even if in this case it might not be as strong as "The Watch" for instance. But I guess that you have the idea. If you can't tolerate that a band emanates / perpetrates this type of music this album is not for you. If, on the contrary, you fancy once in a while to listen to Genesis related music (or even more than related) I guess that you won't be "traumatized" by this album.

"Marathon" is one of my fave : a bit of "Watcher", some great guitar work and the according Gabriel vocals. Do you like this cocktail ? Needless to say that you will find PLENTY of Banks keyboard style elements in here. But this is the essence of "Puppet Show".

Surprinsingly enough, "In the Heart of man" start as a KC song (for about 2'30"). After this, we'll be reverted to some "Trespass" music (which was also strongly influenced by ITCOTCK). So, globablly, we'll remain in the same family. And it is rather nice. The melody of the chorus is very pleasant, somewhat theatrical (but not too much). The middle part is more "Wind & Wuthering" oriented. Insn't it a wonderful journey ? Another highlight.

The closing number also starts a bit different with some nice Spanish guitar notes, but after this the track will be fully in-line with the classic "Puppet Show" production. Great mellotron and synthesizers, you know like ...But to use again the "Watcher" riffs show some lack in creativity.

Compositions are mostly long ones (from ten to forteen minutes for the majority of them). They might sound irritating here and there ("The Ring of Truth" ) but I would say that this is a good album. Not particularly creative but enough to deserve three stars (in my rating system).

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Traumatized is prog rock in the vein of Genesis and Marillion. I hear both seventies prog and neo prog in their sound. Weīve heard it all before and the surprises are few. I think neo prog fans will get the most out of this.

The musicians play very well but the album is mared by bad production. Itīs not that you canīt hear was is being played, itīs just that the way they have decided to sound doesnīt sound nice in my ears. A typical low-budget production.

I am missing a bit of originality to make this a worthy purchase. I really hope they have made an effort to be more inventive on their new album. Because I will review that one before long. This is not exciting enough for me.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars PUPPET SHOW are a relatively new US band coming from San Jose,California with a sound deep rooted in the classic progressive rock of the 70's.They were formed in 1997 and almost immediately released their debut ''Traumatized'',being a discovery of Kinesis Label.

PUPPET SHOW won't ever win a prize for their originality,but their music is very well-crafted and performed,leading to a result which can be a fave of all vintage-prog fans.The compositions are mainly long with a variety of old analig keyboard sounds like the mighty mellotron (echoes of GENESIS,while blended with delicate acoustic guitars),the Hammond organ (slight E.L.P. influences),the moog synthesizer and the church organ.Especially fans of GENESIS will find a lot of sounds to remind them something.Despite being definitely keyboard-centered,in ''Traumatized'' you will also find plenty of soaring guitars and inspired solos in the vein of STEVE HACKETT or even STEVE ROTHERY to complete a nice soundscape of this work...and last but not least the band features a strong vocalist under the presence of Sean Frazier and his intense/dramatic vocals.''Traumatized'' ends up being a very strong release and a pleasant listening for all progressice rock fans of the old years.Recommended!

Latest members reviews

5 stars This great from US...fell into my lap (thanx Leo) about 6 months ago. And its been on my cd player plenty times since.Its a must own record. plenty of all the things we love (serious proggers amongst)..beautifully played and arranged....great songs..with 3 of them clocking in at 10 min. ... (read more)

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