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Room, The - 2012 Open Fire

ARTIST: Room, The
ALBUM: Open Fire
LABEL: Melodic Revolution Records
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Steve Anderson - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals * Steve Checkley - keyboards, backing vocals * Andrew Rae - drums, percussion * Andy Rowe - bass, backing vocals * Martin Wilson - lead vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Flesh And Bone * 02 A Casual Believer * 03 16 Tonnes * 04 Screaming Through The Noise * 05 A Multitude Of Angels * 06 In The Shadows * 07 Behind The Silence * 08 The Spark * 09 ICU



A few of you will remember British neo-prog band Grey Lady Down and the buzz surrounding their 1994 Marillion-ish debut 'The Crime'. The disc was good enough to warrant an American release and a subsequent tour although break-ups and line-up changes hindered Grey Lady Down's chances of ever riding shotgun with the likes of IQ, Pendragon and Twelfth Night. Fast forward to the present day and vocalist Martin Wilson with guitarist Steve Anderson have resurrected GLD as well as formed a side project The Room; releasing their first CD on the Florida based Melodic Revolution Records.

The Songs
Pursuing a refreshingly different sound from their previous work; 'Open Fire' is a highly infectious progressive pop album with comparisons to Saga and early It Bites although when all is said and done, it's the Canadian pomp masters that make the biggest mark on The Room's musical world view. Throughout the disc's nine well-constructed, hook packed tunes Wilson's phrasing sounds astonishingly like Michael Sadler especially on the pompy opener 'Flesh And Bone' which feels like its cut from the same cloth as 'Heads or Tales' era Saga. Now I know these comparisons might throw off elitist prog heads, but get over it! This is a compelling album with much to offer for open-minded music lovers in particular the gradually building 'Screaming Through The Noise' which does carry some of Marillion's old water but is a serious contender as the album's best track while 'Behind The Silence' is a delicious serving of piano-based balladry. With its rolling percussion The Fixx styled 'ICU' is The Room's passionate grand finale and perfect at that, but let's hope this isn't the last we hear from these guys in this context as it's surely better than anything I've heard from Grey Lady Down up to this point.

In Summary
Housed in a stylish digipack; Nick Kotona's Melodic Revolution Records is speaking my language with releases like 'Open Fire' and there are plenty of other accessible progressive chestnuts to be found in the label's extensive catalog. More please!

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