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GAILLION

Neo-Prog • United States


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GAILLION, \GUY-lee-on\ is a progressive rock power trio, formed in the mid-80s, in Avon, CT by Don GUNN, drums and percussion; Todd HOWARD, vocals, bass and keyboards; and James VASQUENZA Jr., guitars and backing vocals.

Released in December 1989 on Red Sun Records (now Pow ER of 3 Music, LLC), "Admit One" was well received in the US and across Europe, and 25 years later, the eight original songs remain uncannily relevant.


Gaillion had a short yet bright trajectory when three high school friends, Todd HOWARD, James VASQUENZA and Don GUNN decided the best thing to do in 1989 was to self-produce and self-release a CD on their own label Red Sun Records (now Pow ER of 3 Music, LLC), something quite unheard of at that time. Add to that already ambitious feat their quite progressive, heavily Rush-influenced music, and it was easy to see the then-teens set their sights quite high.


GUNN, now a professional recording/mixing engineer, had kept the original multitracks and remixed the record, hoping to bring the sound of the record to a more current sonic state. Remixed and remastered, this is Gaillion, and their only record, "Admit One", as it was supposed to sound 25 years ago and today.

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2.95 | 3 ratings
Admit One
1989

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2.00 | 2 ratings
Letters from the Skipper
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Backslide
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Lorelei
2016
2.00 | 2 ratings
The Unraveling
2016
2.00 | 2 ratings
Renewal and Release
2017

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 Admit One by GAILLION album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.95 | 3 ratings

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Gaillion Neo-Prog

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

3 stars One from the Vault!

At the time of writing this power trio are preparing for the release of their second album "Letters from the Skipper". "Admit One", originally recorded and released in 1989, was remastered and remixed in 2014, released via bandcamp, where the chances of increased visibility are higher these days.

The remixing and remastering does not take away much from the 80's feeling that the sound (I would imagine!) would have expressed back then. The music is typical (if there is such) late 80's heavy progressive rock mixed with Neo Prog references, especially on the keyboards and the mix of the instruments. Although not dominant, the keys add the 80's Neo atmosphere to an otherwise heavily Rush-influenced sound and style. In fact "Admit One", except for resembling to post-Moving Pictures Rush, also brings to mind Magellan and Enchant (before Enchant were born) and early Pallas from this side of the Atlantic being the main point of reference.

The rhythm section is impressive with twists and turns on relatively long power rock compositions with dynamism and talent in articulating ideas and executing. The recording quality is not the best (even if remixed and remastered) and the sound of drums and guitars might sound a bit rough, perhaps similar to Dream Theater's debut album. Mid-tempos dominate and songs are generally vocal-driven with overall good performances and plenty of ideas to sustain the length of the tracks.

Although not a landmark release in its style, "Admit One" has some qualities that should not be overlooked by proggers keen in the heavy/Neo mix.

Highlights: Prologue - Age of Ignorance, The Grand Facade

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