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Hamadryad :The Conservation of Mass

From out of the Great White North of Canada comes this great new band who have recorded this platter of aggressive, symphonic progressive rock. Upon first listen it impossible not to notice the obvious influence of Yes throughout these eleven tracks, as lead singer Jocelyn Beaulieu sounds remarkably like Jon Anderson. His voice is just one of the similarities, as on many tracks the band goes for a keyboard heavy arsenal rippling with majestic beauty much like on the Yes classic Going For the One.

One of the major characteristics however that does separate Hamadryad from being a Yes clone is the occasional prog-metal guitar style of Denis Jalbert. On songs like “Amora Demonis”, “The Second Round” and especially “Nameless” the guitarists exhibits a heavy, almost shred guitar style, which adds a different element to the otherwise keyboard heavy, more melodic parts of the other band members. That is not to say that there are not some melodic, clean electric and acoustic parts on the album. On the contrary, “Nameless” and “The Second Coming” contain many references to Steve Howe, and the songs themselves are lovely, pastoral Yes influenced songs that could have been leftovers from a long lost album of theirs. The final four part song, “Watercourse Hymn” is a real work of art, and makes me wish that Yes could still write something as beautiful.

Added: October 15th 2001
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Score:
Related Link: Unicorn Records
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Language: english

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Hamadryad :The Conservation of Mass
Posted by Yves Dubé, SoT Staff Writer on 2003-02-05 07:56:52
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I must concur with the reviewer's score on this one. Will the real Hamadryad please stand up..The opening tracks give the impression that we're in for another DT clone band, the disc then becomes a little directionless in the middle tracks as the band seem to be searching for direction; only to end with a couple of Yes-like tracks which could induce Chris Squire and Co. to hang their heads in shame. A promising debut where the strong points far outweigh the weak ones. A firmer grasp on a musical direction could easily propel this band into the forefront of the Canadian progressive scene.

Yves
dubeyves@total.net



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