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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
Battle Scars
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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.
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on 5 October 2012
Been a big Galahad fan since the early noughties. Loved 'Empires' with it's crystal clear production and big sound. Battle Scars continues the evolution of this unique bands sound. Karl Groom once again twiddles the knobs while the guys make some very addictive noises. Stu's voice is as powerful as ever. All the tracks are bangers with not a hint of mash. Galahad brushstrokes abound, but it's a different sound. You will not be let down.
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on 26 April 2012
Opening with the title track this album gets off to a majestic start.
Deep rumbling bass leads into a symphonic overture and whispered, menacing vocals.
You get the feel something big, bold and beautiful is coming and when
the song kicks in with its bounce-along hook you certainly get that.
This is a great power-opener and sets the tone for the rest of the album.

Battle Scars is a very different Galahad album - still recognisable,
but finally unleashing their true power and potential that has been so
desperately bursting to get out. The production work by Karl Groom is superb
- everything is in its proper place, the levels are perfect and for an album
with such a huge sound, nothing is lost in the mix.

Battle Scars powers on into Reach For The Sun - you'll need to watch the CD
player to spot the join - a fast, power prog track with plenty of subtle Mellotron,
some spikey keys and a thumping drum sound.

Singularity opens with swirling synths and very spacey percussion,
moving into a solid prog beat. The chorus, when it arrives, is beautiful,
Stu's vocals are on top form with wonderful haunting choral backing and a
spine tingling melody - ending with some cleverly underplayed fast guitar work from Roy.

Back to power-prog with Bitter and Twisted. With great patterns from Spence
on the drums, massive guitar chords and snarling lyrics again with choral backing
vocals - there's a lot of venom in this song.

Suspended Animation is my current favourite track - one of three written
by the late, great bassist Neil Pepper who sadly died before the album
was released. It's a true prog epic, loads of Hammond, intricate time-signatures,
Mellotron, swirly stuff, great big bass it's got the lot!

A gentle start on Beyond the Barbed Wire doesn't stay gentle for long as it
kicks into some more snarling vocals and another thumping beat.
These are powerful tracks on CD, I can't wait to hear them live.

The last proper album track - there's a bonus of Sleepers 2012 - Seize The Day
is a real surprise. Listen to the piano and vocals at the start - very Gabrielesque
- then we are hit with what I would describe as trance! On a Prog album?!
But wait it works, as everything else kicks back in, it suddenly all feels right.
It's fast, it's slow again..... It's small, it's big, then suddenly it's frigging huge - what a finish!

A seminal album was once released with the tag, `Expect the Unexpected' and the definitely applies here. Love it!
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on 26 April 2012
Back in 2007, Galahad came top in the Classic Rock Society Awards for best album with "Empires Never Last". Five years later they are back with an even stronger offering, Battle Scars is a high energy album (best played loud !) that doesn't let up from start to finish. There are some common elements with ENL but Galahad have pushed the envelope with some new ideas, even including a slice of Techno in places. Apparently there is another album already recorded and planned for release later this year, really looking forward to that but will be tough to top this one !
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on 22 June 2015
great songs very well played
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on 22 February 2015
Lost direction
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on 2 June 2015
Good product.
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