Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Grimalkin - The Drifting Sailer (1996)

The so far only album from this Italian band.

Going on a gold mining trip in the Italian musical landscape sometimes, make that most times, wash up some golden nuggets. This album is pretty shiny.

The vocals are in English and the music is symphonic prog vein. Genesis and Yes springs to mind. The music is pretty grandeur and bombastic at times. Not as bombastic as ELP, but still bombastic and not at least; symphonic. The music is also pretty eclectic in the vein of Gentle Giant.

This album throws up some unexpected details too. Saxophone is one of them. Another one is a great sound, this being an album from the 1990s. The not so unexpected thing about this is the usual symphonic sound. Something I don't feel is unwelcome.

The vocals is very good. Ditto for the keyboards, guitars, bass and drums. The songs are not that great though. The great second song Ambush is the best song on this fifty-five minutes long album. The rest of the songs are good. The Drifting Sailer is a very good album well worth checking out.

3.5 points

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