Saturday 17 September 2016
Elements - Monument (2015)
The debut album from this Dutch band.
I don't know much about this band, but I gather (as I don't speak Dutch) from their homepage that they are a trio of bassist, drummer and a guitarist/vocalist. A keyboards player is helping them out as a guest musician. Their homepage is here so check them out.
Elements is another band added to the Dutch neo-prog and prog scene. Another addition and one yet to make any waves.
Their music is leaning much more towards AOR and rock than progressive rock. The songs on this fifty-five minutes long album are pretty short.
I very strongly suspect that the driving force in Elements is their guitarist. His guitar solos takes up a substantial part of these fifty-five minutes. And his guitar work is very good and the best thing about this album.
The songs are not that good to be perfectly honest. The vocalist and the other musicians does a good job. But the art of songwriting has passed this album by.
This album survives because of the guitars. And the music is not that bad either. This album is not reinventing the wheel by any means and it is following a very well trodden path. But the guitars is saving it's bacon.