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Battle Scars

by Galahad

Modern 'progressive rock' incorporating a myriad of influences including rock/prog/metal/classical/ambient/techno and dance beats. Progressive music for the 21st century but showing occasional nods to the analogue past..
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Battle Scars
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2. Reach for the Sun
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3:55 album only
3. Singularity
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7:30 $0.99
4. Bitter and Twisted
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6:57 $0.99
5. Suspended Animation
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4:04 $0.99
6. Beyond the Barbed Wire
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7. Seize the Day
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8. Sleepers 2012
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
‘Battle Scars’ is the new studio album from established English rock/progressive band Galahad.

Recorded, engineered and mixed by Karl Groom (Threshold) at Thin Ice studios. ‘Battle Scars’, Galahad’s seventh studio album, shows the band evolving from their well received and critically acclaimed 2007 album ‘Empires Never Last’. ‘Battle Scars’ is the first of two new studio albums from Galahad scheduled for release this year.

‘Battle Scars’ contains a myriad of styles from rock and prog through to techno, ambient and dance sounds via classical arrangements. Throughout, the production is modern and pristine, incorporating powerful, direct guitar riffs, lush keyboard arrangements and occasional quieter passages of subtle beauty, melding together to create an often massively epic sound.

‘Battle Scars’ is Galahad music for the 21st century: very much looking forward but also showing occasional and affectionate nods to the analogue past.
In recognition of the band’s 25 year plus history, a new recording of their classic song Sleepers is included as a bonus track on the CD and download version.
As always, the proof of the pudding is in the listening. Go on, give it a whirl, leave your pre-conceptions at the door and play it loud! We know it’s our best album yet, and hope you agree.

Battle Scars will be available on CD, Download and limited edition high quality 180gm Vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve.
Track listing:
1. Battle Scars (7.04)
2. Reach for the Sun (3.54)
3. Singularity (7.32)
4. Bitter and Twisted (6.58)
5. Suspended Animation (4.05)
6. Beyond the Barbed Wire (5.30)
7. Seize the Day (8.34)
8. Bonus track: Sleepers 2012 (14.07)
The band:
• Stuart Nicholson – Vocals
• Roy Keyworth – Guitars
• Spencer Luckman – Drums
• Neil Pepper – Bass, guitar & keyboards
• Dean Baker – Keyboards


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Paul Cook

Full-blooded modern prog - Magnificent!!
Opening with the title track this album gets off to a majestic start.
Deep rumbling bass leads into a symphonic overture and whispered, menacing vocals.
You get the feel something big, bold and beautiful is coming and when
the song kicks in with its bounce-along hook you certainly get that.
This is a great power-opener and sets the tone for the rest of the album.

Battle Scars is a very different Galahad album - still recognisable,
but finally unleashing their true power and potential that has been so
desperately bursting to get out. The production work by Karl Groom is superb
- everything is in its proper place, the levels are perfect and for an album
with such a huge sound, nothing is lost in the mix.

Battle Scars powers on into Reach For The Sun - you'll need to watch the CD
player to spot the join - a fast, power prog track with plenty of subtle Mellotron,
some spikey keys and a thumping drum sound.

Singularity opens with swirling synths and very spacey percussion,
moving into a solid prog beat. The chorus, when it arrives, is beautiful,
Stu's vocals are on top form with wonderful haunting choral backing and a
spine tingling melody - ending with some cleverly underplayed fast guitar work from Roy.

Back to power-prog with Bitter and Twisted. With great patterns from Spence
on the drums, massive guitar chords and snarling lyrics again with choral backing
vocals - there's a lot of venom in this song.

Suspended Animation is my current favourite track - one of three written
by the late, great bassist Neil Pepper who sadly died before the album
was released. It's a true prog epic, loads of Hammond, intricate time-signatures,
Mellotron, swirly stuff, great big bass it's got the lot!

A gentle start on Beyond the Barbed Wire doesn't stay gentle for long as it
kicks into some more snarling vocals and another thumping beat.
These are powerful tracks on CD, I can't wait to hear them live.

The last proper album track - there's a bonus of Sleepers 2012 - Seize The Day
is a real surprise. Listen to the piano and vocals at the start - very Gabrielesque
- then we are hit with what I would describe as trance! On a Prog album?!
But wait it works, as everything else kicks back in, it suddenly all feels right.
It's fast, it's slow again..... It's small, it's big, then suddenly it's frigging huge - what a finish!

A seminal album was once released with the tag, `Expect the Unexpected' and that definitely applies here. Love it!