Thursday 14 June 2018

Tamarisk - Breaking the Chains (2018)

The debut album from this English band.

Tamarisk is a quintet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals.

The band released two demo-cassettes back in the 1980s before they released an EP in 2012 and then this album. They are now active gigging and having fun with their music and on their gigs.

Tamarisk is one of the many British neo-prog bands who emerged together with Marillion and Pendragon. They never really made it big and were quickly forgotten..... until their members decided to release what they got.

The band also wrote some new songs for this seventy minutes long album. So it is a mix of old and new songs, this album. There is no difference in sound quality between old and new songs, though. There is no difference at all in the genres either.

The vocals is good and there is a lot of symphonic neo-prog keyboards and guitars runs. There are some good guitar solos too and the songs are at the symphonic neo-prog end of the neo-prog spectrum.

This is a very typical British neo-prog album who leans pretty heavy on old Marillion.
The quality is really good throughout this album and I feel this band did not have much luck in their life as this band is up there among the better, forgotten neo-prog bands.

This album is well worth checking out.

3 points

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