“Square One”
(Mighty Music)

Battle Helm Rating

I don’t know if it is because I haven’t slept well that I find the opening track on this album to be annoying or what. But there is something about it that puts me off. I wasn’t too off in my initial reaction. If you know your NWOBHM history you will know who Fred Purser and Jon Deverill are. If not you gotta read up on their history. This album has been in the making for 30 odd years. It is a progressive journey into a landscape strongly shaped by Pink Floyd, Yes and Genesis. And I am speaking of early versions of these bands. As much as I like my music progressive (to a certain degree), as much I have issues with this album. Much of which have to do with me having no real connections to either of the mentioned band’s music. This album feels like it is one of those that needs time to grow on you. It ain’t bad. I just don’t get to hear stuff like this too often. Anders Ekdahl

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