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Covenant, The - 1994 Spectres At The Feast

ARTIST: Covenant, The
ALBUM: Spectres At The Feast
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 1994


LINEUP: Stephen Thomas Hall - lead vocals, keyboards * Christopher 'Ant' Brown - drums * Steve Perkins - guitars * Ged Hambly - bass

Additional Musicians: David Bower - background vocals * Michael Dennison - bass * Nick Lister - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Flowers In The Desert * 02 Don't Come Running * 03 Spectres At The Feast * 04 Wasted Men * 05 A Song Too Late * 06 The Witching Hour * 07 Stony Ground * 08 Losing You Again * 09 Welcome To The Night

WEBLINKS: www.theccovenant.co.uk

Here's a band that seemed to lurk in the shadows and never really made much of an impact beyond the murky corridors of the progressive underground. Releasing a collectible and unreasonably expensive two track 12" single in 1986; Cheshire based The Covenant worked the middling ground between neo-prog and AOR-ish hard rock. Therefore I've found it strange the band are often associated the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement and are even listed in Mal Macmillans 'The NWOBHM Encyclopedia'- the bible of all things indie denim and leather although I don't hear the connection, especially considering the band arrived on the scene as the movement was fragmenting and had little to do with the head banging orthodoxy of Angel Witch, Iron Maiden and Saxon.

The Songs
What I do hear is a musically competent outfit and had they bothered to tour beyond a handful of dates a year should have been competing with the likes of Pallas and Pendragon while roping in AOR crowds with their catchy hooks and arena rock approach. Opener 'Flowers in the Desert' bares resemblance to both 'Seasons End' Marillion and Poison's 'Every Rose Has It's Thorn' with a little more drama and better, less hokey-pokey chorus but it's 'Don't Come Running' that really gets my motor running, sounding almost exactly like Canadian heroes Boulevard right down to the guitar solo and sweeping synths. A winner and occasionally Pendragon's AOR friendly 'Kowtow' album comes to mind with tracks like 'The Witching Hour' and 'Welcome to the Night', both of which are magnificent mini-prog movies for the mind; the latter adding a touch of IQ's punchy pomp to what was already a finely-tuned and intriguing set.

In Summary
'Spectres At The Feast' was self-released without the benefit of a graphic designer worth his or her salt as I'm not so sure the CD booklet was a wise marketing choice. The look worked for Paul Revere & The Raiders, Adam Ant and Blitz Club hangers-on but by 1994 Buccaneer threads had worn out their welcome as a rock 'n roll fashion statement, tongue in cheek or not.

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#1 | gdazegod on April 22 2013 01:56:28
This sounds interesting. The Boulevard comparison is very intriguing. Very dodgy kit these blokes are wearing.. lol!
#2 | Jez on April 22 2013 19:09:47
Good little album this one..especially 'Witching Hour' which is a brilliant track. Gonna get this one out again now and give it a spin.
#3 | swazi on November 12 2013 19:57:42
Playing right now, and a feast it is! Love it! clap
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