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Lay Bare The Darker Recesses of Your Soul
on 22 April 2013
This is good - really good - and it will return generously on your investment in taking the time to listen to it over and over again.
I'm looking forward to the day when enough people are "Galahad Literate" for me to say of another band, "they remind me of Galahad!" Until this band has as huge a following as it deserves to have, I will have to make comparisons with other artistes... but one day its voice will be recognised as distinct in the crowded marketplace. Let's hope this is soon - they've certainly been patient enough.
Without suffering from their excessive egomania, and sounding more accessible than my beloved Dream Theater, Galahad go from strength to strength in a genre made for "thinking people" and the "discerning listener".
This is not a tree-huggy album. Overall, the tones are dark... but there is the golden vein of hope running through the Scars of whatever Battles this album is commenting upon.
Stuart Nicholson's voice is perfect for Progressive Rock... clear and emotive. The Album's finale is one of the best tracks I've heard this year: Sleepers 2012. I said I would have to make comparisons until this band gets the attention it deserves, so this track hits all the right buttons for me - reminding me, as it does, of my favourite Progressive Rock band, Camel. There is also that sense of Gabrielesque Genesis too... there are flavours of the spirit of the Return of the Giant Hogweed. "Bitter and Twisted" - another album favourite - also draws out the "Porcupine Tree" associations in my mind.
"Be careful what you wish for..."
My first serious albums were Rick Wakeman's "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" and ELP's "Brain Salad Surgery" - so my Prog tastes go back a long way - and I bought the albums when they originally came out! Times are changing however, and I love it when Galahad suddenly move into a more modern flavoured gated-synthline (check out "Bitter and Twisted".) This leads me to think that we can have the best of both worlds with bands like Galahad. If I was to wish for something, it would be to guest vocal on an album like this purely to drop in bit of Opeth's spice into the darkest recesses of this album's psyche!
"Bitter and Twisted... Rotten to the Core"? That's me, but it's a great paradigm shift! Get the album and you'll be well rewarded.