Monday 22 July 2019

Mindspeak - Eclipse Chaser (2019)

The second album from this Austrian band.

The band is a quintet with a lineup of drums, percussion, bass, guitars, keyboards and vocals.
The band had help from guest musicians providing flute, alto saxophone, backing vocals and a big choir.

I do not think I have got their 2014 debut album Pictures. I have not reviewed it in # 1 and # 2 of this blog. So this is my first meeting with this band.

The band is a neo-prog band. That is obvious right from the first tone of this one hour long album. The music has a lot of nuances though.....

The band uses female vocals and there are both some faint folk-rock and some very big symphonic prog influences here.

The music is also muscular and the band can be compared to the likes of Panic Room.

This album has an half an hour long suite, a shorter song clocking in at eighteen minutes and the opening song clocking in at ten minutes. This album is therefore quite a mouthful to say at least.

And it is ticking along nicely. There is no great pieces of music here. But there is enough to satisfy, and more than that, fans of muscular neo-prog. I am not entirely won over. Nevertheless, this is a good album and one I recommend.

3 points

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