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CAPTIVES OF THE WINE DARK SEA

Discipline

Symphonic Prog


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1 stars Captives of the Wine Dark Sea isn't very...prog. It's mostly alternative still trying to be a little prog. All of the songs are lackluster and corny. It's obvious Discipline wasn't trying to be as progressive with this one and wanted to take a different musical approach. I don't think this was a very good idea since the songs turned out to be really boring, and considering the scarcity of albums put out by Discipline, it's not like anyone was getting sick of their old sound. The best track is the longest, Burn the Fire Upon the Rocks, while being the most progressive is still a bit laggy and boring, but the standout track nonetheless. The second half of S is pretty cool as well. Everything else is bogus and I don't see myself listening to it much at all in the future.
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Posted Friday, July 7, 2017 | Review Permalink
4 stars From the very first few notes, there is an immediate feeling of the ecclectic formula that made Van Der Graaf Generator great. The comparisons will exist, and perhaps that is a compliment to be compared to such an awesome and talented group. Captives of the Wine Dark Sea has some high points like the super proggy album conclusion called Burn the Fire Upon the Rocks. The pleasant surprise for me was Love Songs, which sounds more like a classic Motorpsycho track from their alternative years. Mix in some excellent instrumentation, and this is an solid ecclectic release full of many influences. The is no doubt that Matthew Parmenter is talented, and the Van Der Graaf Generator comparisons will exist based on the style of music. While To Shatter All Accord may be their best album to date, there is much to enjoy about this new release from Discipline... and a worthy addition to any Progressive Rock collection.
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Posted Saturday, July 8, 2017 | Review Permalink
4 stars "We're all awash in a sea of blood, and the least we can do is wave to each other" (John Minton).

Perhaps I am imagining this allusion in the red sea conjured up by Discipline's Homeric album title. But there is no doubting the musical allusions to the artist who adopted the above quote for an album title back in 1970. I thought the much-remarked Van der Graaf Generator influences on Discipline's previous albums were relatively subtle, but the ponderous rhythms and emphatic vocals of certain tracks on 'Captives of the Wine Dark Sea' come across like conscious parodies of Peter Hammill solo albums, or maybe the late VdGG album 'Trisector'. In the same idiom there are two instrumental tracks, 'S' and 'The Roaring Game', totalling 10 minutes.

The closest sound to 'To Shatter All Accord' comes on the long (14:30 mins) final track 'Burn the Fire Upon the Rocks', but this album is very different to its precursors. My experience of Prog Archives suggests that changes in direction by popular bands are seldom rewarded in ratings, so I do not expect this album to be topping the PA charts come the year end.

But if, like me, you enjoy Peter Hammill's idiosyncratic output, 'Captives of the Wine Dark Sea' is very well worth checking out. Just put 'Accord' and 'Staircase' out of your mind, or you may be disappointed.

Verdict: I'm giving this the same rating as 'Trisector'.

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Posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Review Permalink

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