Wednesday 4 July 2018
Phideaux - Doomsday Afternoon (2007)
The seventh album from this US band.
The band was a nine piece big band with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, lap steel guitars, Moog, Hammond organ, sampler, violin and vocals. Both male and female vocals.
The band also had help from guest musicians who provided a chamber symphonic orchestra, handclaps, guitars, dulcimer, flutes, synths and vocals.
Phideaux Xavier and friends had always been a project operating somewhere between neo-prog, symphonic prog and the singer/songwriter musical tradition.
On some albums, the project had been far more singer/songwriter than progressive rock. Which is not a very interesting type of music.
On Doomsday Afternoon, the project swings into the symphonic and neo-prog territory again.
There is lots of female and male vocals here. There is also a lot of keyboards and guitars here.
The music is pretty complex and bold. It is also symphonic prog. There is still some singer/songwriter stuff here. But not much.
What is lacking on this almost seventy minutes long album is a great track or two. Or a great piece of music. There is none. Nevertheless, this is a good album and one well worth checking out.