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5.0 out of 5 stars Its Xerath but not as we know it!, 14 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Necessary Wasted Time (Audio CD)
One of the most pleasantly surprising records ive heard this year, the custodian have produced a bit of a masterpiece of prog rock mixed with a sprinkle of modern sampling and electric guitar, about half instrumental i was very surprised how good the vocals are considering Xeraths two studio albums are 95% screaming, Richard Thompson has a great voice and also takes care of drums, keys and samples while fellow Xerath shredder Owain Williams handles the guitar solos and some of the acoustics. The production is outstanding, reminiscent of Porcupine Tree's recent material. The instrumental sections are very creative and despite the great vocals do not in any way disrupt the flow of the album. Great stuff, going to be in my top ten of the year! Oh and Xerath, put more melodic vocals in your third album, your singer is awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The future of British prog rock ?, 5 July 2013
This review is from: Necessary Wasted Time (Audio CD)
The debut album from this new English band, released through Laser's Edge. Also heavy backed by the same company with promo copies sent to, amongst others, this blog too.

Heavy promoted with good reasons. The Custodian is run by Richard Thomsen from the prog band Xerath. Which does not tell me anything. The stated intent of trying to create a fusion of the best of the 1970s prog on this album does tell me a lot though. Hence the band name, I guess. A fitting band name too.

What meets the listener is a wall of sound which first reminded me about the first King's X albums. And that band and their great albums is my main reference here. I really like the first King's X albums, btw. So that is a compliment. The difference is that The Custodian is not as hard edged as their US brethren. Their sound is much more based on the 1970s psychedelic rock sound. The Custodian also use a lot of Hammond organs too. That and airy electric guitars. The guitars is not chugging as in metal riffs. They are much more airy and flowing. The same goes for the vocals. This reminds me a lot about Porcupine Tree on their most melodic. And yes, there is a lot of Steven Wilson & co here. Fans of his projects will lap up this album. Ditto for the many Rush fans out there. The Custodian owes Rush a great deal.

Most of all; this album sounds as fresh as fresh fruits and vegetables. The sound is in short brilliant. The songs are not superb though. This album is missing a killer track or two. But this is still a great album and agree with their record label's beliefs in this band. This is truly a remarkable debut album which I am sure will raise a lot of eyebrows. It has certainly given me a big smile during the last two weeks. Come summer, come The Custodian.
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