Sunday 10 September 2017
Bell. Stewart - The Antechamber Of Being Part 2 (2017)
The second album from this Scottish artist and member of Citizen Cane.
Stewart Bell does all instruments and some vocals here. He has got help from Phil Allen on guitars and vocals throughout this album.
Arjen Lucassen, Simone Rossetti (from The Watch) and Bekah Mhairi Comrie also adds vocals.
I reviewed Part 1 of The Ancechamber Of Being series back in March last year. You will find this review here, in # 1 of this blog.
This album has several vocalist and this album really starts of with a bang with Simone Rossetti on the opening opus Early Days. He is easily one of the best vocalists of his generation and this opus reminds me a lot about Genesis from the Peter Gabriel era.
Early Days is a symphonic prog opus and that is where we also finds this album. This is neo-prog meets 1970s symphonic prog. This is Citizen Cane meets Genesis. That is the music on this well over one hour long album.
The music is symphonic and complex. I can understand why Arjen Lucassen got involved as this too is his territory. The music is almost as complex and big as his Ayreon project. But it is not quite that big.
This one hour long album takes us through a nice, flowery landscape with some mountains and some deep rivers. This is also a good album where my only gripe is the lack of a great song or two. But Stewart Bell deserves a lot of credit and praise for this and his previous album in this series.