|Artist:||Grey Lady Down|
|Label:||Cyclops CYCL 020|
|Year(s) of release:||1995|
|Month of review:||06/1995|
|3)||Battlefields Of Counterpane||11.37|
|4)||Without A Trace||6.56|
|5)||The Cold Stage||9.58|
Having fulfilled one my duties, all I now have to do is write a review of their new album, Forces. At first listen this band sounds more and more like Pallas. The first two songs are very up-tempo with an occasional quiet interlude, but mostly the energy comes spilling out the loudspeakers. The vocals of the singer are also very Pallas like and maybe those are to blame for the large similarities. On the other hand, in the longer songs this is less evident and this is where the power of the band is very well exemplified: the epic that is a song.
As it is, GLD have two sides: the up-tempo side that is more apparent in the shorter songs (track 1, 2 and 6), these songs ought to be great live songs, because of their energy. The other songs tell a story, but are not always that long. They are more varied and thus more interesting. The built up is always good and never boring, never freaky, never just for the sake of it.
The best track on the album is the closer The Flyer. This song contains all the ingredients of GLD and as always the melodies are very good. An accomplished song.
At the end of the last track, it actually continues past the 19 minute mark, where the music starts again. What we have there is actually a joke, as it combines Mull of Kintyre and a death metal variant of progressive rock. This takes a few minutes and just before the 24 minute mark, they START AGAIN. This time with something that is comparable to the Glenn Miller Medley of IQ. It also shows mucisians at their most humourous. Maybe a good idea for a single?