Galahad (rerLP005) “… an album of breathtaking ambition … ”

Posted on January 1, 2012

With “Battle Scars”, veteran English progsters Galahad have produced a thoroughly modern release that embraces a myriad of styles, veering into techno, ambient and dance territories at times.  Echoes of Riverside, Oceansize and even System Of A Down also resound in an album of breathtaking ambition.

Beginning with the highly orchestrated title song, this isn’t a relaxing listen.  Each track has numerous twists and turns, and the overall ambience is unnerving, jagged and challenging.  Standouts include “Singularity”, which recalls Finnish experimentalists Pharoah Overlörd; “Bitter And Twisted”, full of mysterious intensity; and “Seize The Day”, which begins in elegiac fashion and then goes techno crazy.  It’s a fitting tribute to bassist Neil Pepper, who died of cancer last year aged just 44.  He managed to play all his parts on “Battle Scars” although he had to sit down to play because of the discomfort.

Review – Classic Rock Magazine