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BAND/AUTHOR:

GALAHAD

(UNITED KINGDOM)

TITLE:
SEAS OF CHANGE
RELEASE DATE:
2018
LABEL:
AUTRE LABEL
GENRE:
PROGRESSIVE ROCK
"With "Seas of Change", it seems that Galahad has succeeded in his Great Work: not to be missed under any circumstances!"
ABADDON - 25.12.2018 -
Galahad has things to say. For his new opus "Seas of Change", he takes up a thorny subject, the Brexit. But rather than giving a clear opinion for/against, the band chooses to make a parable of the uncertainties. A complex subject, what was originally only a seven-minute piece has evolved into a large epic piece of almost 43 minutes, divided into twelve chained chapters. Many are those who have broken their teeth on this kind of dangerous work.

After an acoustic "Quiet Storms" that shared the opinion, Galahad returns to a dynamic and emphatic progressive that had thrilled us in "Empires Never Last", by putting all its know-how and developing a remarkable diversity of atmospheres. The band experienced a slight shift in its composition, with Lee Abraham moving from bass to guitar, and Tim Ashton returning to the bassist position he held in 1991 for Galahad's first ever album, "Nothing Is Written". The mastering was entrusted to Karl Groom, who had done wonders, among others with Arena's recent "Unquiet Skies". 

The result is beyond expectations: the quartet delivers an impeccable performance, supported by a precise rhythm section and a very convincing Stuart Nicholson who plays between sensitivity and theatricality with a beautiful balance. It is the keyboards that are at work, Dean Baker using a very wide range of sounds, from soaring layers ('Storms Are Coming') to electro sounds ( the introduction to 'Up In Smoke'), moving atmospheres from quiet to heavy with remarkable fluidity: the composition reveals extremely neat transitions, either by judicious breaks that suggest uncertainty, or by more ethereal atmospheric passages (the beginning of 'Sea of Uncertainty'). 

Galahad had the intelligence to call upon Sarah Bolter (flute, soprano sax, oboe) to bring a very appreciable organic touch. Despite its duration, 'Seas of Change' does not suffer from any downtime or length. Listeners will enjoy the theme reminders and the multiplicity of arrangements that cleverly enrich the subject. As with any good epic prog track, the end is the symmetrical counterpart of the introduction.

This abundant and exciting track is completed by two remixes which aim above all to give the guitar back its place in the spotlight, a bonus that without being bad necessarily suffers from the comparison with the title track. With "Seas of Change", it seems that Galahad has succeeded in his Great Work: not to be missed under any circumstances!

More informations on http://www.galahadonline.com/

VIDEO

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TRACK LISTING

01. Seas of Change - 42:43
02. Dust (Extended Edit) - 5.57
03. Smoke (extended Edit) - 7.14


LINEUP

Dean Baker: Claviers
Lee Abraham: Guitares
Spencer Luckmann: Batterie
Stuart Nicholson: Chant
Tim Ashton: Basse
Sarah Bolter: Invité / Flûte, Clarinette, Saxophone


TAGS:
Epic, Neo, Symphonic, Theatrical, Concept-album
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