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Yearning : Plaintive Scenes

This is one hugely talented band. Guitar, drums and keyboards politely let each other dominate a Progressive Rock canvas adding just the right amount of colour when the time is right, the bass bringing up the rear. The songs are breathtaking. They seem to mark time as if to tell a story around a campfire, and then march on to another clearing for the listener to hear another tale. Using higher harmonics and variants of chords we get a majestic atmosphere with guitars gliding effortlessly, interweaving with over-dubbed versions of themselves and with the other instruments in the band. A reedy organ, backing chords on the left hand and plenty of playing around with the right, harmonise superbly with guitars picking out complex melodies. The bass is simple and provides a safe harbour and assurance of a solid, if maybe bland foundation. I personally would up the bass stakes and get it competing on equal terms. There's enough discipline in the band to avoid any archaic free-for-all. There are heavier more metal moments, but the one, two, three interacting guitars soon bring it down to a Progressive Rock bedrock.

The whole sound is reminiscent of Solefald especially with the distinctive and impressive clean vocals, one of three styles on offer. The second style delivers one of the best cookie monster impersonations I've heard for years. Fantastic, and the third are highlights, applied from time to time by a subtle female contribution from Lady Tina, giving it some Darkwave moments. The male clean and gruff voices are often combined as well as executing a "Questions and Answers" routine. I've left the drums until last... I'm not sure what to say really. It's as if one of the best perroercussion composers in the Rock world decided to try his hand at playing the stuff in the studio instead of hiring a virtuoso. They are fantastic, but full of playing errors. Most competent Rock drummers couldn't play what this guy has attempted, and neither can he. But they make the album.

The question is... "is there doom in those there hills?" There's certainly melancholy and some would say that that was enough. It always helps in these times of doubt to look at the lyrics. The font they use in the artwork is terrible, almost illegible, but I'm getting doom messages from the bits I can read…

"Leave me now, I will lie forever below this frozen earth, all that's left is memories."

"As weather as bleak as a ever, shows of form to be mine."

"Void lies still in the morning, grey is the face of each day, evening stares to you frozen, night will kill you one more time."

"Time will pass and I will forget all as soon as it happened. Blindly I walk through the hazy way I think is mine. Though I have left my life to the evil shade of mine." (shouted Acapello).

So, I guess this Prog Rock is Doom after all.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Na´vetÚ
2. Unwritten
3. Grey
4. Soliloquy
5. Plaintive Scenes
6. Soliloquy II
7. Eyes of the Black Flame
8. Nameless

Duration : Approx. 42 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Malcolm Fuller
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