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Graal - 'Chapter IV' Hot

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Nothing to dislike and plenty to like.

The Italian band Graal has released what I presume is their fourth album 'Chapter IV' and by all accounts it's a more mature and accomplished platter than before. With a mixture of Jethro Tull Folky/Prog Rock sounds and more down to earth Rock, this album has a lot to offer.

The singer's vibrato-filled voice fits well with the strong guitar sound and ever-present keyboards and organ and the overall impact is dynamic. The quiet starter 'Little Song' (which it is) leads to the impressive 'Pick Up All The Faults' which leaves no stone uncovered with full guitar and keyboard solos, second melodic solos, even a solo bass passage! Things don't let up with the tracks that follow; 'Shadowplay' and the Marillion-eque 'Revenge' where the vocals even have that edgy Fish-vibe.

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To ensure all tastes are satisfied, a Prog instrumental is thrown in; entitled 'The Day That Never Ended' and starting with a mesmerising keyboard riff, this is a frantically played affair. The middle of the album actually turns more Prog Metal with the menacing 'Guardian Devil' and endearing 'Last Hold'.

The last vocally led track is 'Goodbye' and it is an epic affair with a classic quiet intro leading into inevitable crashing guitars and swirling keyboards. The album ends with instrumentals 'A Poetry For A Silent Man' and 'Northern Cliff' providing a gentle close to proceedings.

Nothing to dislike and plenty to like.

Rob McKenzie

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