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14-12-2017 13:25
The Vatican appears rocked alongside scandal and resignations fair as church leaders necessity trappings up to make good on frail Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican today appears rocked close to licenti

14-12-2017 13:11
The album is called Wake Up! It does include some light prog rock along with speeches' excerpts.

14-12-2017 13:02
Terry constancei know that is probably said often.. however reading this actually made me understand how much time i've wasted, worrying about things that had been so pointless. have a look [url=

14-12-2017 01:20
Chris, is there such an album? Maybe we should get Alun onto the case. He loves those oddball albums.

13-12-2017 23:49
Performance enhancing aspect....never did much for me.

13-12-2017 23:49
Like Froome, my 5k and 10k times are now in doubt, as it seems I took too many puffs of my inhaler before the races.In all seriousness it sounds pretty odd that an inhaler used by millions has such an

13-12-2017 23:43
Canít believe Pope Francis 2015 release, Wake Up, has not been reviewed yet here at GDM?

13-12-2017 17:40
Man, I really thought Froome was above any doubt, but this will always hang like a shadow now. Damn! Unlikely to win Sports Personality of the Year on the Beeb now too.

13-12-2017 17:38
Look what happened when the Pope signed to Infinity? Brought the company down and certainly ruined TKO's career. Brad Sinsel probably not a fan.

13-12-2017 11:37
Oh dear, Chris Froome in a doping scandal. This looks bad.

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Tirith, The - 2015 Tales From The Tower

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ARTIST: Tirith, The
ALBUM: Tales From The Tower
LABEL: Convergent Recordings
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Tim Cox - guitars * Dick Cory - bass, vocals * Carl Nightingale - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Farewell Fair Laurien * 02 Gin Lil * 03 Laurelae * 04 Home From The Sea * 05 The Daughter Of The Water * 06 The Quest * 07 Gazing At Stars * 08 The Tower * 09 Song Of All Ages * 10 Pioneers Of The Outer Arm * 11 Lost


WEBLINKS: www.thetirith.com

This English trio has been around for decades, yet it would seem, have only just been discovered. Much like Texan pompsters Hobbit, these guys are well versed in the world of J.R.R Tolkien, and in their former guise as Minas Tirith, explored the prog soundscape back in the 70's. Cox and Cory reunited the band in 2010 after working separately as musicians and songwriters. A new album was touted as far back as 2013, after making an appearance on the CD promo/giveaway for the May 2013 issue of Prog Magazine. Though The Tirith originate from a prog background, the music on 'Tales From The Tower' is a solid mixture of both the prog and hard rock sub-genres. Tim Cox's guitar is exemplary, and I'm certain GDM regulars will get a swag of frequent flyer miles out of this album.

The Songs
Lyrically, the concepts are fantasy and sci-fi based, not quite as fetching as a band like Aryeon for instance, but still.. you get the drift. Even though the band are a trio, the soundscape is very rich, ethereal in parts, acoustic interludes and orchestration to boot. 'The Daughter Of The Water' is the absolute album highlight. The lucid introduction makes way for some high-octane rockin'. The extended guitar solos throughout this one are high quality. 'Gin Lil' is a coarse rocker which should sit quite comfortably for lovers of 70's hard rock. Both 'Laurelae' and 'Home From The Sea' are both expansive prog pieces. When they increase the tempo and intensity, a band like Threshold comes into play. Other listeners may pick up different influences. 'Gazing At Stars' is another powerful presentation, the guitar solos again lifts the song to another level. 'Song Of All Ages' is one out of the box, while 'Pioneers Of The Outer Arm' has all the makings of a space-epic in the style of Hawkwind, but never gets down to antediluvian levels.

In Summary
The appealing thing about The Tirith is their ability to combine older style concepts with a modern sounding production. As you can probably conclude from my review, 'Tales From The Tower' does not cover itself in heavy drenchings of 70's prog treacle. Thank God for that. Tim Cox's guitar work keeps things very contemporary and action-oriented. There's really only one ballad of note ('The Quest'), the rest of the album rock along at a good clip. A very good English prog/hard rock release for 2015, may we hope to see more of The Tirith into the future.

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