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Gandalf's Fist - 'A Day In The Life Of A Universal Wanderer' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/eb/33/7c/gandalfs-fist-a-day-in-the-life-of-a-universal-wanderer-21-1398021920.jpg Hot

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Another simply stunning example of how impressive Progressive Rock really can be.

As the title 'A Day In The Life Of A Universal Wanderer' may allude, this is a conceptual piece and as seems to be the fashion at the moment, a journey through space is the setting for all manner of ideas which illustrate much broader themes. Whether you buy into all that spacey wacey stuff is up to you, but if you like Melodic Prog with varied approaches and influences, then musically you'll be satisfied with what you find here.

Gandalf's Fist are the pairing of Dean Marsh (guitars, bass, keys) and Luke Severn on vocals, with the creation of this third GF album aided by drummer Stefan Hepe, sax player Andy Bolper, flautists Davor Busic and Suzanne Weller while wonderful backing and support vocals are provided by Melissa Hollick, Dying Seed, Lonna Marie, Jennifer Pedersen and Beccie Watson. Now I wouldn't always name-check every contributor to an album, but in this case I'd go as far as to suggest that the "extra" musicians are so vital that it is impossible to ignore them.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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In terms of style this is Neo-Prog diving into traditional Prog via Folk, Iron Maiden grandeur and some simply sublime piano and vocal tracks. 'Somewhere Beyond The Stars' is a superb example of the latter aspect with some stunning female vocal lines drawing every emotion from a simple but effective piano melody; a scintillating clean guitar biting in at the halfway point. 'The Nine Billion Names Of God' hits like mid period Porcupine Tree, it's eerie, crawling and atmospheric, while 'Nexus' slides into almost Genesis territory as it keenly darts from idea to idea with Severn's breathy vocals making a lasting mark. Impressively all these strands come together seamlessly to make an album capable of holding the attention and one which, unlike many where narration flits in and out of view as it does dramatically here, draws you back for quick-fire re-listens.

'A Day In The Life Of A Universal Wanderer' is a voyage and experience you'll want to revel in and is another simply stunning example of how impressive Progressive Rock really can be.

Steven Reid

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