Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Prog | Heft: Jahrgang 2013, eclipsed Nr. 153 / 9-2013 | VÖ-Jahr: 2013 | Wertung: 7/10 | Label: Just For Kicks | Autor: WP

The formation with the beautiful name Elephants Of Scotland comes from Burlington/Vermont, not from Edinburgh or Glasgow. Keyboarder, singer and mastermind Adam Rabin and drummer Ornan McLean founded them about two years ago. Soon guitarist John Whyte and bassist Dan MacDonald joined the band. After another year of rehearsals, her debut album was released at the beginning of the year and is now also available in Germany. The foursome relies on keyboard-heavy, upbeat progressive rock, which is characterized by bands like Saga ("Geograph"), Rush ("Starboard") or Hawkwind. Even The Police greet you with the title track. A solid rhythm fraction as well as synthie sounds, as they were typical for many Neoprogbands at the beginning of the eighties, determine the sound. Only with the warm, engaging "The Seed" does the guitar create a pleasantly hypnotic effect, reminiscent of Marillion or U2. There are deductions for the bright, in the long run somewhat disturbing, there very strained seeming singing, which clouds the otherwise good overall impression a little bit.

Top track: The Seed

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