Monday, December 5, 2016

CD Review: New Music From U.K. Classic Rock Bands, Curved Air And Lucifer's Friend

British progressive rock band Curved Air continue their "Rarities" series with the release of volume 2. It features two discs worth of fifteen new instrumentals that the band has recorded in the studio. The new set titled "Curved Space & Infinity" begins with the launch of "Towards Tomorrow" as the band work together to find the right groove during their jam session. Their sound gets more ambient with "Sea Of Tranquility," before taking you on the intense, 14-minute musical journey of "Baghdad Café/Return To Calvary/Towards Infinity." The tracks are in no need of words as the music becomes so intricate and solo heavy that you find yourself digging deeper into the music. The first disc closes with the exciting guitar driven "Rose."
 
The second disc begins with the 15-minute, up-lifting, solo filled "Elevation." The disc features a different line-up from the first disc, with only Florian Pilkington-Miksa behind the drum kit. The use of keyboards is heard throughout the songs as they carry a different, more experimental tone as in the soft-melody of "Labyrinth" and the space-like journey of "Expansions." The set finishes with exciting, free-form playing of "Megalith" and the 16-minute sonic landscape of "Celestial Dance." To find out more about Curved Air and "Curved Space & Infinity," their latest release in their rarities series, please visit curvedair.com.
 
U.K. rock legends Lucifer's Friend have returned with a brand new studio album "Too Late To Hate," their first in 35 years. After reforming in 2015, Lucifer's Friend received such positive feedback performing as the Sweden Rock Festival, the Rock Of Ages Festival and Loreley Festival, that they decided to enter the studio. Along with core original members John Lawton, Peter Hesslein and Dieter Horns, they were joined by long term members Jogi Wichmann and Stephen Eggert.
 
The new twelve-track album begins with the renewed energy of "Demolition Man" as they pick-up right were they left off in 1981. They continue with the classic heavy metal groove of "Jokers And Fools," before delivering their progressive rock piece, "When Children Cry." They keep the energy flowing with the guitar driven rocker "Tell Me Why" and the slow blues of "This Time." The album finishes with the radio-friendly tones of "Tears" and chugging hard rock rhythm of "Brothers Without A Name." To find out more about Lucifer's Friend and their latest release "Too Late To Hate," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/LucifersFriendOfficial.
 

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