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FACING GRAVITY

Chandelier

 

Neo-Prog

3.32 | 35 ratings

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b_olariu
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4 stars Chandelier is an obscure german neo prog band from the '90's with 3 albums under the belt. This is their second release from 1992 named Facing gravity. Despite the fact that the cover art is a little strange for the band musical vision, the album in my opinion is excellent, to tell the truth is one of the best I've ever heared from this sub genre. Clearly influnced by bands like IQ, Marillion or even Peter Gabriel, Chandelier manage to create somthing worthing investigated. What I like most is the voice of Martin Eden, he fits like a glove here, realy, I think is the cherry on the cake, very good voice with many great passages, doesn't matter if he's likeGabriel or Fish, he is very good in what is doing, is his range , his voice and I don't think must avoid a voice only because happend to be close to those well known musicians. Another shinig star here is the guitar of Udo Lang , he has some truly amazing moments here like on opening track Start It - one of the best neo prog pieces I ever heared , damn catchy riff and excellent musical lines, the voice again is brilliant and on longest track from here Glimpse Of Home anearly 15 min of great and full of intristing arranhements, on the middle of the piece the guitar take lead and is realy great, the keys aswell have an important role. Another two gtrea tunes from this album are Itai - intristing intro words providing by Masaru Kikawa, great piece full of unexpected smoothness and brilliant and discrete instrumantal passages and Safe, the rest of the pieces are great not a weak moment here for sure. This band was never popular in prog circles, it's a shame because at least this one from the three albums they released is very good and for sure can beat most of the albums from neo prog who are miles away better known. I will give 4 stars easy for Facing gravity one of the releases who needs a wider recognition for sure and can stay without problem near Iq, Pallas, Arena, Marillion or other important bands from this field.
b_olariu | 4/5 |

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