Artist/ Band: Leap Day
Title: Awaken The Muse
Label: Oskar Records
Year of Release: 2009
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- Over the past year, I kept reading good things about this new Dutch progressive rock band called Leap Day and their wonderful debut Awaken The Muse in 2009. So I contacted the band to get a copy to review. A few weeks later, I received Awaken The Muse and immediately put the disc in my computer so I could hear this band. I was amazed and while no new ground was broken here, the band did their parts in top form. Now you can probably call them a “supergroup” of sorts because they all come from other Dutch bands, one that I was acquainted with years ago called Flamborough Head. I had the pleasure of reviewing Flamborough Head’s Tales Of Imperfection from 2005. So we have Koen Roozen (drums) and Eddie Moulder (guitars) from Flamborough Head, Derk Evert Waalkens (keyboards) from a band I’m not familiar with, called King Elder. Then rounding off the line-up is Peter Stel (bass), who comes from another band I’m unfamiliar with, called Nice Beaver.
The end result is a wonderful album filled with sounds of both the symphonic & neo-progressive rock genres. I should note that Eddie Moulder took part in an equally fantastic new instrumental band called Trion (Trio + Mellotron). Back to Leap Day, upon my first listening of the album, I noticed there was some similarities to another contemporary progressive rock band from the other side of the world called Unitopia. There’s also some similarities to Fish-era Marillion as well as classic Genesis thrown in for good measure.
Highlights for me are “What Would You Do” (7:09), which reminds me of Unitopia in the vocal delivery done by Jos Hartevelds as well as the melodies in the song. Another highlight is “Secret Gardener” (7:05) where in some parts in the composition, that reminded me of the good vibe I get every time I listen to Marillion’s Misplaced Childhood. The last highlight is “Eyes Wide Open” (8:38)which again reminded me of Unitopia.
So I conclusion, I felt a wonderful vibe each time I listened to their debut album, of which I thought of classic Genesis mixed with Fish -era Marillion and bits of Unitopia. It should be known that Leap Day has an originality to their music while still having a mainstream end result. I’d recommend this album to fans of the aforementioned bands as well as those into melodic modern progressive rock.
Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on March 19th, 2011
- 01. When Leaves Fall
- 02. What Would You Do
- 03. Secret Gardener
- 04. Shop Window Dummies
- 05. Eyes Wide Open
- 06. Sandgrains
- 07. Little Green Men
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