Bener juga kata mas Kristanto bahwa saya jarang bikin tret baru di blog gemblunk ini. Kemudian beliau mengusulkan saya mengulas Pendragon. Good idea juga. Tapi sebelum kita bahas Pendragon, kita bahas juga ‘nak ndulur’ (saudara dekat) Pendragon selain Marillion dan IQ. memang empat band inilah dulu yang berjibaku mempertahankan musik prog yang sedang sekarat di awal 80an gara2 digempur punk dan new wave. Diantara mereka berempat memang Marillion (ehem!) yang benderanya berkibar kuat karena kiprah ‘Market Quare Heroes’ EP (1981) dibarengi dengan album penuh ‘Script for a Jester’s Tear’ (1983) lantaran didukung oleh label kuat: EMI.
Berbicara tentang Pallas, saya gak bisa lari dari kenyataan bahwa kelompok ini saya kenal juga dari kaset Yess yang memproduksinya juga saat itu. Pada jaman 80an yang saya kenal ya album ‘The Sentinel’ (1984) disusul dengan ‘The Wedge’ (1986). The Sentinel bagi saya kurang nunjek karena musiknya masih ‘raw’ dan ada bau SAGA nya sehingga kurang orisinil, menurut saya lho … Baru pas kaset Yess selanjutnya menyajikan ‘The Wedge’ dengan orientasi musik yang berbeda, yaitu lebih mendayu-ndayu atau istilah prog nya adalah neo-prog. Wah pertama kali denger ‘The Sanctuary’ saya langsung jatuh cinta dengan band ini. Musiknya mengalun asik banget dari sepi menjadi agak gaduh.
I got no money–I got no faith. I got no interest in the human race,– But I don’t mind
…adalah cuplikan lirik indah dari lagu ‘Nguncalno Watu Nang Awang-Awang’ yang arti boso Jowone adalah ‘Throwing Stones At The Wind’. Whoooaaa…lagu ini juga nunjek ulu ati tenan … Wis pokoke huenak kepuenak pol menikmati album ini. Selain lagune enak2, rekaman kaset Yess nya juga dramatically great! (opo maneh kuwi?). Lha wong treblenya kemrichink, bass-nya ‘ulem’ dan midrange vokal Alan Reed juga huenak tenan jal!
Pokoke ojo ngaku PROG yen ora nate krungu album iki jal!
Studio Album, released in 1986
Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Dance Through The Fire (4:46)
2. Throwing Stones At The Wind (5:15)
3. Win Or Lose (4:32)
4. The Executioner (5:36)
5. Imagination (4:35)
6. Rat Racing (8:09)
7. Just A Memory (5:29)
8. Stranger (3:50)
9. Sanctuary (9:34)
10. Nightmare (4:24)
Total Time: 56:10
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Music tabs (tablatures)
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Line-up / Musicians
– Alan Reed / vocals
– Graeme Murray / bass, vocals
– Niall Mathewson / guitars
– Derek Forman / drums
– Ronnie Brown / keyboards
Inside Out IOMCD059
Review hamba di Progarchives:
“I got no money–I got no faith. I got no interest in the human race,– But I don’t mind” – PALLAS “Throwing Stones at The Wind”
When it was first released in 1986, this album received little attention to my ears as I was at the time fully loaded with Marillion early albums and EP from “Market Square Heroes” until “Misplaced Childhood”. I only played the cassette version of “The Wedge” occasionally because I considered Marillion was the only excellent prog band in the mid eighties. Of course, I also knew IQ “The Wake” but again, Marillion was my main menu of daily music life. Whenever I played this cassette usually I took mostly track 9 “Sanctuary” that pleased my neo prog ears at the time. Alan Reed was the new lead singer replacing Euan Lowson.
“Dance Through The Fire” (4:46) opens the album through percussive work combined with keyboard punch in fast tempo music. It’s a rocking track that is suitable to open the show, actually. It has also tempo change into slower one when guitar solo enters in the middle. The music reminds me to the work of Steve Hackett solo album. ” Throwing Stones At The Wind” (5:15) still continues with rock music spirit with excellent guitar riffs combined with drumming. The music is energetic and simple to follow. “Pull the string, make him sing, He’ll do anything that you want him to, They tell him he’s free, Between you and me, He’s throwing stones at the wind” is lyrical part that is very usual to emulate. Beautifully composed song. “Win Or Lose” (4:32) is a slow track with keyboard-based structure that reminds me to the music of Saga. It’s a nice music.
“The Executioner” (5:36) caught into my specific attention after I watched the live version through “The Blinding Darkness” DVD set. It’s another rocking track with neat arrangement especially the combination between keyboard, bass guitar and vocal during opening part. The song has a very strong symphonic nuance. “Imagination” (4:35) might confuse you with Saga because the music is in the same style. You must try it; especially for those of you who are familiar with Canadian Saga. “Rat Racing” (8:09) is an interesting track with symphonic style, many tempo changes, great keyboard work. When guitar solo enters the music it really represents the neo progressiveness of this album. Excellent song. “Just A Memory” (5:29) is an enjoyable track using music loop / programming reminiscent of Genesis “Tonight, Tonight”. I really enjoy this track as the melody and the composition are really good.
“Stranger” (3:50) is for me a mediocre track and still reminds me to Saga. But “Sanctuary” (9:34) is really an excellent composition. It starts with beautiful combination of keyboard, guitar, Taurus bass pedal and vocal. The acoustic guitar work is in Eastern tuning and characterizes the melody in the same style. The howling guitar at the back reminds me to Steve Hackett. When percussive enters the music it even makes the song sounds better. The music increases into faster tempo with percussive as driver of musical nuance. Really great! The best track of this album! “Nightmare” (4:24) is another excellent track that combines great guitar solo, keyboard and bass to make this track a cohesive one. It concludes the album.
Overall, this album is an excellent addition to any prog music collection. Keep on proggin’ ..!
Progressively yours, GW