Saturday 11 November 2017
Discipline - Captives Of The Wine Dark Sea (2017)
The fifth album from this US band.
Discipline is a quartet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, violin, tambourine, keyboards and vocals.
This band is mostly Matthew Parmenter's band and vehicle. He has a good solo career too with some albums. But from what I understand, Discipline is his main priority.
The parallels to Peter Hammel and Van Der Graaf Generator hits me when I am writing these lines. The same setup there as with Mr. Parmenter and Discipline.
The music is also not dissimilar. There is a strong VDGG element on this album. OK, Peter and Matthew have to different voices. But Matthew has.... let us say..... been very inspired by Peter's way of using his voice and pipes.
There are also some pretty melancholic in Discipline's music here. It is by no means as dark as VDGG's dystopic landscapes. Discipline is also taking a lot from Supertramp too. The main difference is that Discipline comes from USA, the new optimistic world whilst VDGG is from the old world and has taken a lot of their inspirations from the dying UK in the 1970s.
The music on the forty-five minutes long Captives Of The Wine Dark Sea is good throughout. The musicians is doing a good job and Matthew's vocals is very good. My gripe is that there is no great song here and no real great piece of music here. Hence my Good rating of this album.