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Gandalf's Fist - A Forest of Fey (2014) lossless

1-10-2016, 02:06
Rock | FLAC / APE

Title: A Forest of Fey
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Gandalf's Fist
Genre: Progressive Rock, Neo-Prog, Art Rock
Quality: FLAC (tracks.cue.log)
Total Time: 51:47
Total Size: 318 Mb


1. Childhood Ghosts
2. Gardens of the Lost
3. A Forest of Fey (including ‘Wisdom of the Reptile’ and ‘The Lament for a Silent Verse’)
4. The Figure Speaks
5. The World We Created
6. The Circus in the Clearing (including ‘The Fanfare for the King´s Tournament’)
7. Blood for a Royal Pardon
8. Drifter on the Edge of Time
9. Forest Rose (Coming Home)
10. Return from the Tournament
11. Stories Old and Stories Told (Of Children Brave and Children Bold)
12. A Poison Tree

Despite a cast of prog all-stars as guests, this album is formulaic "prog-by-the-numbers." There is nothing new hear, despite an admirable blending of styles (folk, metal, symphonic). The electric guitar chord playing is especially disturbing as it plays out in almost every song as if a studio musician is playing the same heavily-distorted guitar, chord by chord, as if from orchestral street music. No flare, no flourish, no soul. Several of the vocals are interesting, especially Melissa Hallick on the opener, "Childhood's Ghost"--I have to admit she and that first song got me hooked in enough to give this album a thorough listen. My other favorite, as predictable as it is, is "Drifter on the Edge of tIme." This and the other folk instrumental, "Forest Rose" are, to me, the album highlights. Troy Donockley (of IONA, not NIGHTWISH) adds some nice touches with his wind instruments--though I wonder on songs like "Garden's of the Lost" whether band leader Dean Marsh asked him to do his best IAN ANDERSON/J TULL impression (unless that's someone else on C flute). Clive Nolan and super guitarist John Mitchell's vocals-only contributions are negligible to the over all effect. In the end there is nothing new here. There is already too much of this kind of prog out there--Neo in the extreme. As pure as Dean's intentions were, this is the kind of album that has turned me away from the Neo-Prog sub-genre. For me, prog must keep its music evolving, not merely repeating old masters and old styles.

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