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Release Year: 2009

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Added To Proggnosis Database on: 2/13/2009 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 10/2/2011 5:17:00 AM by: Rob
  1. Fate (8:30)
  2. Springflower (5:49)
  3. Of Hope and Glory (8:49)
  4. Phoenix (5:12)
  5. Drought (7:30)
  6. Waste of Strain (9:45)
Alex Visser
Gerwin Gabry
guitar, vocals
Corne Gietman
Berry Hoogeveen
Jurriaan Visser

Reviewed by Frode on 25 Mar 2009

Fate is the second album by the Dutch band Sideways, and like the first one it's a mixture of styles. You will find a lot of different elements, 60-70's psyche and symphonic melodic rock parts of it even sounding like the early 70's heavy bands. Also lots of proggy elements and atmospheric feelings.

  1. Fate.  Starts off with a loud fuzzy guitar repeating the same notes a few times, and then goes into an atmosphere reminding me of the later Pallas. Also finding some early Marillion-like soft melodic parts. Song is nicely put together.

  2. Springflower.  Melodic ballad with nice keys in the background. Chorus is a bit more rocky where the guitar makes the background. Nice guitar solo in the last part of the song.

  3. Of Hope and glory.  Starts with a soft simple piano bit, going into a kinda atmospheric rocky ballad. I find traces of Pallas in this track too. I feel though that the melody in parts of this track being a bit monotonous.

  4. Phoenix.  Again a melodic ballad, could have been a late 60's early 70's Dylan song. Very nice put together with vocals and keyboards alternating.

  5. Drought.   Beginning reminds me of old Uriah Heep, then turns into another ballad where the accompanying guitar is in my opinion to loud and also boring. All of a sudden it changes beat  and the first thing that comes to mind there is some Magic Pie, before going back to the "boring part". In total, there's a lot of different variating styles to be found in this track.

  6. Waste Of Strain.  Here again I find some Uriah Heep in the beginning but also traces of early 70's pop/rock ballads. Also traces of early Marillion later in the song. Guitar solo part has this floydish feel to it. Very nice!
Overall, this is a pretty nice album that actually needs to get a few listens before it sets. There's unfortunately one thing that I'm not too happy about. I get a feeling that the fuzzy rhythm guitar is mixed too loud in quite a few places and thereby almost kills the keys.