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Artist: Half Past Four
Album: Good Things
Label: Paper Plane Music
Review: Diego Camargo
Like with their first album I’ve also received a promo copy of the new album, but this time 1 month before the official release and I could say one thing right after the first chords, the band stays on the good side of music. Everything they had learned in Rabbit In The Vestibule (2008) they applied very skillfully in Good Things (2013).
The absolutely great vocals of Kyree Vibrant still there, stealing the show in many occasions and better than before, tracks like ‘Landmines’ proves that. We have guitars lines that are dense like in the opening track ‘It Strikes You’ or ‘All Day And All Night’. And it’s clear that Igor Kurtzman’s keyboards this time are more present and very well into place like in ‘Rise’ (that also rock the place out with a Rock n’ Roll feeling).
New drummer Marcello Ciurleo added a new dimension to the band and this time the basses are a little more ‘into the face’. Both Dmitry Lesov’s playing and the low tones in general. That was the one thing I didn’t like on the first album, too much high frequencies, this time they’re right on spot!
‘Spin The Girl’ is one of the most interesting tracks. Full of theatrical moments, great guitars and weird time signatures and vocals. The band has everything! Cabaret feeling on ‘Fate’, Space Rock in ‘I Am Lion’, humor in ‘Wolf’ and the weird tempo closing track, and personal favorite, ‘The Earth’ (Kyree strikes again here). Like I said they have everything.
Half Past Four is a real proof that Progressive Rock still can have high quality and not just regurgitate old clichés. With high doses of good imagination and humor, excellent musicianship, great songs and a brilliant vocalist Half Past Four will get there, trust me!
You can preview one of their new songs exclusively on our Podcast #10 HERE.
Originally reviwed for: http://www.progshine.net