The Tongues of Men and Angels

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blackpercy Glorious music, cinema for the ears. In additional to influences quoted by other reviewers I’ll add Steve Hackett’s “Voyage of the Acolyte”, and “Fand” by The Enid as well. The lyrics provide intelligent narrative and their unique delivery seems perfect for the music: this is beautiful analogue prog steeped in Mellotron, woodwind, Moogs and shimmering guitars. More please! Favorite track: The Kingdom Of The Enchanter (Panapanthera).
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Carsten Pieper Oh, what a wonderful album - especially for fans of Gabriel-era Genesis. I hear traces of other bands as well (the mellotron is quite crimsonesque, the sounds often remindes me of Yes, Gryphon come to mind), but the mood is definitely Genesis. Admittedly Peter G. is a much "better" singer, but the - in a lovely way - quirky vocals only add to the charme (well, not for my wife ;-} but for me!).
And Lyrian librarian Paul Nash seems to be a very nice guy and made me a great deal :-)
The other two albums are gorgeous, too, btw (for technical reasons I can't make them appear in my collection). My highest recommendations! Favorite track: Three One-Eyed Gods.
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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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