What does it sound like?:
A new band to me, but in fact this is the ninth studio album of original material by this Welsh prog band, and actually it’s a pretty impressive effort. The vocals of Christina Booth, winner of a number of prog awards over the years, combine very nicely with the intricate instrumentation provided by the other band members – think classic era Genesis with a hint of Renaissance thrown in for good measure. The album is a concept piece based on six well known horror film stars from the fifties and sixties, ranging from Bela Lugosi through Lon Cheney and on to the likes of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The twist is that the songs deal with the numerous and varied ups and downs of their private lives rather than the screen roles that they became famous for portraying. The stand out piece is the epic seventeen minute title track which closes the album, reserved for perhaps the most famous of them all, Vincent Price – there are certainly suggestions of the sound of early Yes and Mike Oldfield to be found in its lengthy instrumental passages. All in all, quite an intriguing album with some clever and original ideas, inventive playing and a stand out vocal performance from Miss Booth – and at sixty minutes in total no song outstays its welcome..
What does it all *mean*?
A dvd accompanying the cd has a revealing 5.1 surround mix along with a handful of promo videos.
Goes well with…
Rewatching those old Hammer House of Horror classics.
Might suit people who like…
Old school prog.