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16 Nov 2011 02:00 PM  
Use this thread to post your review or links to reviews that you find on other websites.  I will start by linking to two reviews that have been posted so far:

Tommy Hash @ Ytsejam.com

Raffaella Berry @ DPRP.com
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01 Dec 2011 12:45 PM  
We received our first 5 Star Review

Read it here, translated from Dutch to English (click me)
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01 Dec 2011 12:49 PM  
Here's a three star review from MusicReviews.com (link)

Here's a four star review from RiverTree @ ProgArchives (link)

Here's a four star review from Lazland @ ProgArchives (link)

Here's two four star reviews over at SeaOfTranquility.com (link)

Here's another extremely positive review from MusicStreetJournal.com (link)
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02 Dec 2011 12:19 PM  
Another very positive review from the folks at MerlinProg (link) -in Dutch
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23 Dec 2011 07:01 AM  
This review will appear in the next issue of Fireworks Maganzine in the UK:

The ANABASIS – “Back From Being Gone”

Any project featuring members of Spock’s Beard, Galahad and the Lee Abraham band (among others) really has to be of interest to anyone with a progressive bent, something which a few spins of the band’s debut release “Back From Being Gone” only reinforces.  The brainchild of American multi-instrumentalist Barry Thompson and respected author George Andrade, who between them split all of the music and lyric writing on this album.

In terms of a concept for this album, Andrade has a broad subject matter with “Back From Being Gone” recounting the triumphs and disasters of three long gone Empires, namely the Romans, Vikings and Egyptians, with each era having an “epic” song which tells its particular tale in wonderfully constructed words and even more captivating music.  In between come three shorter songs with themes which could translate to any of the many failed Empires of the past,, although across all six songs the words can also easily translate into more modern settings. In fact, George W. Bush’s famous “If this were a dictatorship, this would be a heck of a lot easier.  Just as long as I’m the dictator” quote is actually sampled into the song “Rome,” which also houses the quote from Augustus Caesar “I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.”

So having established that the lyrics and subject matter on this album are incredibly complex and grand, you’ll be delighted the important bit –the music- is even better!  Thompson, who I must admit I haven’t come across before, proves to be a fantastic guitarist, bass player and keyboardist, although his three main conspirators, singer Per Fredrik “PelleK” Asly, drummer Gerald “Mully” Mullingan and keyboard whizz Ryo Okumoto actually shine through as integral parts in realizing these deeply complex songs.  Unsurprisingly, the end results do have touches of Spock’s Beard and Galahad (Lee Abraham adds bass on two songs, as well as producing and mixing an album that has sparkling sound), but you can also expect to find some Enchant like oomph in places as well and in general if a mixture of post neo-prog mixed with traditional prog values, a hint of neo itself and a nod to the head of prog metal sounds like a tantalizing concoction, then prepare to be completely and thoroughly hooked.  The three weightier tracks are majestic, pompous, intricate, yet accessible, while the shorter tracks offer a more focused, song-based respite.  Thompson’s guitar histrionics sit beautifully with the mellotron, organ, synth and piano work of Okumoto although it does take the beautiful clear vocals from Asly to really transform some of this music from good to spectacular.

Running at just over 74 minutes in length The ANABASIS have created an album with immense depth, skill and intrigue, but have done so by playing music that is catchy and convoluted at the same time and put simply, is nothing short of stunning!

-Steven Reid-

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