Friday, November 10, 2017

The Knells "Knells II"

Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, Classical
Label: Still Sound Music
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release dateNovember 10, 2017
01. First Song (4:40)
02. Interlude I (2:30)
03. Could You Would You (4:24)
04. Sub Rosa (4:52)
05. Coda (2:51)
06. Bargaining (2:31)
07. Final Breath (3:35)
08. Poltergeist (4:55)
09. Interlude II (5:24)
10. Immolation (6:57)

Total Time: 42:39

Nina Berman - soprano
Charlotte Mundy - mezzo-soprano
Blythe Gaissert - contralto
Paul Orbell - guitar
Andrew McKenna Lee - guitar
Jude Traxler - percussion, Rhodes, electronics
Jeff Gretz - drums
Joseph Higgins - bass

These guys do ..., manipulating their unique band structure to bring together both progressive rock in the style of Yes, Genesis and Gentle Giant (think the early-mid periods of these bands, so albums like Selling England By the Pound and Relayer/Fragile) and classical influenced choirs and strings. This unique structure is as follows: first, there is no lead singer. Instead, vocals are all handed via a classically arranged choir (Nina Berman, soprano; Charlotte Mundy, mezzo; Blythe Gaissert, alto). Secondly, the rest of the instruments are placed and produced in the classic style of the 60’s, with heavy emphasis on the groove and percussion section (Andrew McKenna Lee, guitar; Jude Traxler, percussion and electronics, Jeff Gretz, drums, and Joseph Higgins, bass).
Read the full review by Eden Kupermintz at heavyblogisheavy.com


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