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Cheat The Gallows

7 Sept. 2009 | Format: MP3

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I loved this album. I first heard of Bigelf from the Progressive Nation tour they did with Dream Theater. They are incredibly unique and will hopefully soon be as big as Dream Theater. The album is truly a masterpiece with influences from all areas of prog, rock and heavy metal. Any fans of great music should check this out. Well worth the money!
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Like previous reviewer i saw Big Elf on the Progressive Nations tour and was so impressed with them live immediately bought this CD. Not quite as heavy as on stage but a fantastic CD all the same. There are very strong influences of a host of (British) 70's rock bands and I would even throw in ELO! It is quite a mix but it does work. haven't stopped playing it since it arrived. A very worthy buy!!
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I picked this up prior to the band supporting Dream Theater at Wembley and was simply blown away. The influences are quite blatant but so wide and varied that the complete smorgasbord delivers something totally unique. At times referncing Deep Purple, then the Beatles, then Lenny Kravitz, Zappa, Holst, The Doors, Arthur Brown, T Rex... It's almost like forty years of classic rock thrown into 50 minutes. From the opening track of 'The Gravest Show On Earth' you realise that you are in the prescence an insane ringmaster and superb musicians. The evil persona is brought to the fore on 'Blackball' followed by the superb 'Money, It's Pure Evil' (possibly a George Harrison number as done by Bon Jovi) and 'The Evils of Rock and Roll' which features some riffage that Judas Priest wouldn't feel ashamed of.

Highlights are difficult to pick out as there is no filler on this album. Every track works in a strangely modern 70's psychedelia way.

And if the epilogue doesn't put a smile on your face then you need to check your pulse!
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'Cheat the Gallows' was the first Bigelf album I heard, purchased off the back of hearing 'Money, It's Pure Evil'. Upon first listen, I was blown away.

As a fan of classic rock music and powerpop, I was immediately captured by the opening call to arms, reminiscent of Spilt Milk era Jellyfish mixed with early Alice Cooper. From this point onwards the album then plays out almost like a Floyd concept album, with many of the tracks linked and a return to the opening hook which neatly closes the album in classic prog fashion.

Highlights include the aforementioned opening track, the Beatles-tinged, piano led orchestration of 'Money...', the Deep Purple-y hammond organ riffing on 'Evils of Rock N' Roll', the Sabbath-like sludgy riffing of 'Game' and the Pink Floyd dynamics on 'Counting Sheep'. To be honest though, I wouldn't class any of the songs on here as mere filler, as each one seems to be a crucial part which makes up the gratifying whole.

What amazes me most is that these guys have been around years and have released several great albums, 'Hex' being the predecessor. Having said that, I would heartily recommend 'Cheat the Gallows' as being the best starting point. If you like 'Billion Dollar Babies' era Alice Cooper and 'Dark side...' era Floyd, then I think that there is much you will enjoy here. It is definitely my top album of 2009 (a year which has seen some really good new rock albums) and probably the best first album that I have purchased in a long time which has made me search out the band's back catalogue.
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I first heard of Bigelf when I saw the ad for the Progressive Nation 2009 tour with Dream Theater/Opeth/Unexpect on the bill as well. Then I saw the review of "Cheat the Gallows" in Classic Rock. So I thought I better check them out! What a band! Saw a few videos on YouTube, heard "Hex" on Spotify (another great album!) and then bought this! They're also awesome to watch live. They play songs in the vein of Black Sabbath/Deep Purple/Led Zeppelin and they look damn cool too! Rarely do you see a band who take massive organs on stage, sport beards and dredds and play the way they do without breaking a sweat! If you love your Sabbath, Zepp, Purple and Wolfmother, they're well worth checking out! The reviews don't lie.
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This album was by far the best album of 2008, how this band is not massive is completely and utterly beyond me, if this band were around in the 1970's they would be HUGE. Best tracks are Blackball, The Evils of Rock & Roll, The Game and Superstar. Saw these guys performing this album and some older songs off of the Hex album plus an awesome cover of Pink Floyd's Have A Cigar at the Barfly in Camden and could not believe a band as talented as Bigelf were playing such a small venue, they totally blew me away and I still remember it as one of he best gigs I've been to. Highly recommended.
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