Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Haze - Back to the Bones (2020)

The seventh album from this British band.

The band is a sextet on this album with a lineup of drums, percussion, bass, guitars, mandolin, fiddle, flute, keyboards, piano, electric mandola and vocals.

I have reviewed most of their albums for # 1 of this blog and you can find these reviews here.

The band debuted back in 1984 and has sporadic been alive. They have also released some live albums too.

The band was one of the first ever neo-prog bands. But when the likes of Marillion kicked on and became famous, Haze was withering away. The quality of their albums was nowhere near as good as Marillion and the other great neo-prog bands albums.

Haze became a cult band with some local support and very scattered support around the world.

And we have now arrived at their seventh album. An album recorded mostly in a Covid 19 lockdown.

The music is a mix of folk rock and a lot of neo-prog. The usual fare from Haze in other words and it is a corner of the scene the band has claimed for themselves.

The album is seventy minutes long and the sound is a bit thin. The songs are not their best either. The music is not complex and neither is it particular symphonic.

Quality wise, we are again talking about a barely good album. It is still a good album and well worth checking out.  

3 points

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