Sunday 2 September 2018

Coalition - Ballad of Reading Gaol (2017)

The third album from this English band.

The band is a trio on this album with a lineup of orchestration, guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and vocals.

Coalition is a coalition of three musicians with a wide variety of experience. One of the members can be found in the symphonic prog band The Inner Road.

I was not too happy about their 2012 debut album In Search Of Forever. You can find my review here. I have yet to hear their second album, the 2016 album Bridge Across Time. But I will get that album soon and review it as soon as I can.

Reading Gaol is the old English name on the prison in the small town of Reading, 50 km or so west of London. This album is a concept album too as the album is divided into I - VI.

The music is a mix of neo-prog, symphonic prog and some folk rock. The feel and what Coalition is trying to do is to take us back to the 17th or the 18th century to tell this story. Something they have succeeded in doing.

The music is very good and really takes the listener into the not so nice experience of being imprisoned in the Reading Gaol. A concept hitting the right tones in other words and a very good album with good vocals and a good (scary) ambience.

Get this album.

3.5 points

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