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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

3.68 | 513 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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3 stars A good and often enjoyable follow-up to their debut, Beware of Darkness suffers only in comparison with The Light, which has stronger and more memorable songs.

Here, Spock's Beard cranks out more classic prog with their signature sound, showing a little bit of creativity here and there as well. Strong instrumental performances abound, with Alan Morse wailing away on his unique guitar while the rest of the band thunders out monstrous licks of their own. Okumoto makes his welcome appearance here, adding a new layer of sound to appreciate. My only complaints here lie with Neal-- whose vocals don't sound as polished here as in the Light, almost to the point of being sloppy at times.

While the band's chops are always good, the songs here have a tendency to run on or sound throw together. There isn't as much nuance here as in later albums, and only a few of the tunes will make a big impression on the listener (The Doorway, for example). Still, there is a lot of energy and potential here to discover; recommended for eager fans still exploring.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 2 Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

Prog Leviathan | 3/5 |


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