Saturday 10 November 2018

Presto Ballet - Peace Among The Ruins (2005)

The debut album from this US band.

The band was a quintet with a lineup of bass, drums, guitars, organ, piano, electric piano, synth, mellotron and vocals.

Presto Ballet is the Metal Church's founder Kurt Vanderhoof side project. Metal Church are back again but Presto Ballet is probably dead after four albums and one EP.

I will review the EP and two more albums of them this autumn.

I was expecting some pretty heavy music on this album. I was expecting prog metal despite of ProgArchives labeling them as a crossover prog band.

ProgArchives was/is right. The music on this fifty minutes long album is crossover.

Take some hard rock, symphonic prog and progressive metal. That is where you find this album and band. It is kind of Kansas meets Deep Purple.

OK, the music is pretty hard and not for the faint hearted. It is also has some good Mellotron and Hammond organs on some pretty melodic, but still dynamic songs.

The overall quality is good throughout and I am surprised how good this album is. Check it out.

3 points

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