Every year I find myself amazed by the quality of some music that is offered as a free digital download, and although I haven't encountered too many costless stunners yet in 2013 (possibly because I haven't been looking very hard), the second observation from Greek progressive rock act Verbal Delirium certainly amazes. Entitled From The Small Hours of Weakness, the album is a dark, melancholic, and strongly emotional work that explores various styles of progressive rock throughout its duration. Verbal Delirium's latest effort is a stunningly beautiful listen, and every fan of innovative modern prog deserves to check it out!
From The Small Hours of Weakness borrows from both classic and modern styles of prog, particularly the 'quirky' sounds of King Crimson and Van Der Graaf Generator as classic influences, and the strong atmospheres of Porcupine Tree and Riverside as more modern inspiration. I also hear a symphonic touch, especially in the track "Sudden Winter" - I don't think this one would sound out of place on one of Big Big Train's more recent efforts. The avant-garde "Dance of the Dead" brings some of King Crimson's more experimental moments to mind, and the majestic "The Losing Game" has a strong Van Der Graaf Generator vibe, particularly with its use of saxophone.
Each of the tracks on From The Small Hours of Weakness sounds distinct, but the album maintains a cohesive flow throughout, largely due to its melancholic soundscapes and strong melodies. Although Verbal Delirium's music may be too introverted for some listeners, fans (such as myself) of dark and strongly emotional progressive rock will discover a real gem here. One of the finest albums that 2013 has to offer!
1. 10.000 Roses (05:20)
2. Desire (05:21)
3. Erebus (00:49)
4. Dance Of The Dead (02:52)
5. The Losing Game (08:54)
6. Disintegration (04:57)
7. Dance Of The Dead -Reprise- (00:38)
8. Sudden Winter (08:23)
9. Aeons (12:44)