Sea Of Tranquility



The Web Source for Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal & Jazz-Fusion
  Search   in       
Main Menu




Plackband: After the Battle

Neo-prog has never sounded so good! Dutch group Plackband have reunited after a long hiatus to record this album of symphonic prog with a classic twist, yet still melodic and accessible. Previously the band had only released a live recording from the early 80's, and here they re-recorded a few older tracks, plus some super new ones, for an all-around great listening experience.

Fans of the early 80's neo-prog movement in Europe, and especially bands like Marillion, IQ, Pallas, and Twelfth Night, will find much to like here. The exuberant title track is a great way to get things going, and features lush keyboards (including some ominous Mellotron) and melodic lead guitar work. Vocalist Kees Bik has a decent voice, somewhat similar to Geoff Mann from Twelfth Night, and delivers the mostly fantasy based lyrics with lots of pomp and swagger. "Ghost Town" is a song about a hostile takeover of a community, and how the survivors deal with it, and has lots of great keyboard work from Michel van Wassem. A reworked song, "The Hunchback", is really a fun tune, with Mellotrons, twelve-string guitar, bass pedals, and an overall Wind and Wuthering era Genesis feeling about it. Other highlights include the complex and symphonic "See the Dwarf", and the epic, atmospheric drama of "Sign of the Knife." The latter features some fantastic emotional guitar playing from Ronald Brautigam, as he gives a touching nod to Steve Hackett, while singer Bik is right on target with his theatrical vocals that really fit the mood of the song.

It's amazing just how much this band has improved from the original live album recording some twenty years ago. After the Battle is without a doubt one of the better prog releases of the year, and highly recommended.

Added: July 31st 2002
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Score:
Related Link: Xymphonia Records
Hits: 2481
Language: english

[ Printer Friendly Page Printer Friendly Page ]
[ Send to a Friend Send to a Friend ]

  

[ Back to the Reviews Index | Post Comment ]



2004 Sea Of Tranquility
For information regarding where to send CD promos and advertising, please see our FAQ page.
If you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.
Please see our Policies Page for Site Usage, Privacy, and Copyright Policies.

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all other content Sea of Tranquility

SoT is Hosted by SpeedSoft.com