|Artist:||Pig Farm On The Moon|
|Year(s) of release:||2002|
|Month of review:||[07/2003]|
|1)||Awaken From Reality||16.04|
|3)||I Lost My Wings||12.19 MP3 or RealAudio|
|4)||The Queen Maibe||18.55|
|5)||The Return Of The Rain||11.42|
Genesis opens with progmetallic guitars and Mark Kelly style keyboards. No Genesis as yet on this one. In fact, the song is quite up-tempo with extensive rhythm guitars and dancing keyboards. Then the music dies down a bit, becoming slower and more dramatic. Sometimes a good melody crops up, reminiscent for instance of Dream Theater. The chamber orchestra is something entirely different again. Quite nice thius, also the interaction with the rock side of the band. It actually comes quite close to a gothic metal band in this fashion. The guitar solo following meanders a bit too much, and I am also not fond of its tuning, a bit too cold.
I Lost My Wings is a lush opener with acoustic guitar and keyboards, while the guitar reminds immediately of Marillion's Seasons End. The vocal part is a bit overly melodramatic, for this the vocalist sounds a bit too tinny. It does get better later however. The song does stay in the Dream Theater vein (but the quieter side of them, mind you), with some experimental guitar excursions and even some King Crimson Discipline era style playing to boot.
The Queen Maibe is a five parted epic. It opens with loud spacey electronics moving right into an acoustic vocal part. This is really good stuff, a bit in the line of Porcupine Tree, but a bit more airy. Dancing piano runs up next when the bounce comes into the song. Then we get a rather distinctive chorus line, which reminds me somewhat of Spocks Beard. Here the organ plays a strong role. The guitar playing is very repetitive here, alternating throughout from one ear to the other. It is too bad about the production, because this could have been turned into a good epic, especially with a bit more retraint in places. Now, the promise in the song is there, but it does not all come out yet. The atmosphere is there, the melodies are catchy, the keyboard solo in the middle are the bombastic kind that most symphonic proggers can enjoy. Then we go back in loudness a bit to strumming acoustic guitars. The final part contains some more instrumental sections, but the band does manage to hold the attention, and the transitions are better placed than in tracks so far. The wavery voice has something of the singer of Lands End, and adds a melancholy note when it should. The powerful ending is a really good one, bombastic and encompassing.
The Return Of The Rain is the closer of this album. It opens in rather high tempo with swirling keys and supporting guitar. There are some slight nods to Tony Banks in this one. The vocal part has some clear references to Yes, again this song is a one that comes out better than the first three. A waltzy track, but also including some more hard edged vocal part. The vocals do need more attention though, it seems to me they are just fooling around a bit here. Do not think all is bad though, when they take a bit easier, things come up fine.
There is a short afterbirth, a nice ditty going off the rails.
© Jurriaan Hage