Monday, 28 August 2017
Theatre - No More Rhymes But Mr. Brainstorm (1993)
The one and only album from this Italian band.
Theatre was a quintet with a lineup of guitars, mellotron, bass, drums, organ, piano and English vocals.
Their death-metal like band logo is highly suspect to say at least. And very, very misleading.
The sound coming from my speakers, and I have checked them out, is not death metal or nu-metal. It is neo-prog. Neo-prog in the vein of Fish era Marillion and the Lambs Lies Down On Broadway era Genesis. There is also some Pendragon like neo-prog here.
There is lots of lots of lots of Genesis and Marillion references in the music here. It almost becomes a sport to recognice that and that Genesis/Marillion melody line on this one hour long album. I have so far found eight references. Each of them lasting more than 5 second each.
The music here is also easy-digested music with some nice melodies and details. The references to other bands comes too often in my view.
I am not entirely happy with the standards of the musicians here either. This in the addition to the run-of-the-mill neo-prog this album gives us. There is no real sparks here. No real teeth and substance.
When that is said, this is a good album despite of the lack of teeth and substance. Neo-prog fans will really like this album. It is a weak three points, but nevertheless a three points album. Enjoy.