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Glass Hammer


Symphonic Prog

3.71 | 215 ratings

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3 stars After some so good reviews I read here, I decided just to test this album by myself ( and the Glass Hammer music as well). From very beginning I was pleased by wall of sound - keybord/organ fullfilled all the spaces around me. OK, drums are noticed as well, not because of their originality, but more because of sound mixed that way.

Vocals are competent and generally pleasant, melodies not so bright, but always in use. After first album's song I new, what is it : good Kansas tribute band using modern instruments and technologies! Next songs gave me a mixed feeling: from one hand, the music is generally nice and competent, but from another - it just mix of earlier Yes and Kansas two in one.

Organ sound is deep and filling all the space around you, with rare guitar introductions and strangely mixed drums line. Voices are classic, with second (female) vocal a bit in Maggie Reilly ( Mike Oldfield vocalist in some albums) style. After few songs I just missed interest - well made secondary sympho-rock, that is it.

To be honest, because of high level of musicanship and generally not bad songs this group should be placed into highest category of secondary prog-musicians.

Should be interesting for new generation's prog fans without knowledge of "golden prog age" music, as crafted secondary sympho-prog band.

snobb | 3/5 |


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