The Tongues of Men and Angels

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Sven B. Schreiber
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Sven B. Schreiber This double album contains no less than 5 epics - 3 of them beyond 20 minutes. To me, this is usually an alarm for big boredom... fortunately, this album is not of this kind. If J.S. Bach would have lived in the golden age of ArtRock (i.e. 70's), maybe his cantatas would have sounded like those epics. The album is a highly successful attempt to carry on and refine the heritage of Genesis - both musically and lyrically. The lead vocals are somewhat irritating at times, because they sometimes just don't fit into the otherwise perfect arrangements. But that's a minor problem only. All in all a big listening pleasure. Favorite track: Three One-Eyed Gods.
paul rote
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paul rote First lp showing brilliance from the start ! Favorite track: The Kingdom Of The Enchanter (Panapanthera).
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The Tongues of Men and Angels is Lyrian’s second concept album. It is a double-album, dealing with man and his Gods, false and falser, and the angels which torment the world. There are nine songs on the two discs, running for over two hours, which will give an indication of the length of some of the compositions, which are closer to short symphonies than long songs. The booklet is of twenty-four pages, packed with curious art and the curiouser lyrics of the song-cycle.

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released December 1, 2011

John Blake - lead guitar, guitars, singing
Alison Felstead - bass guitar, singing
Paul W. Nash - keyboards, guitars, woodwinds, singing
Edgar Wilde - drums, percussion, singing
Bryony Holden - guest-vocals on 'The Veil Between'

All songs written by Nash/Blake (with the exception of the poem 'The Sick Rose', which is by William Blake; themes after Mozart and Beethoven may be observed; 'Hymn 637' includes variations on the folktune 'Summer is Icumen In'; lyrics to parts of 'Three One-Eyed Gods' were inspired by a famous dream).

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