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"Divorced Land" (Galileo Records)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

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Scythe's "Divorced Land" is rather uninspired prog-rock. It's obvious that the music is supposed to convey melancholy feelings, but it only comes across as though it was weakened by dry rot. 

There are a few infusions of urban-styled jazz not unlike some of the sprightly aspects of Steely Dan which does give Scythe a few upbeat moments. The keyboards dominate the music; even the vocals dominate the barely audible guitars. Repeated listens reveal some well-thought out vocal lines and choir sections, but Scythe makes you work too hard for too little reward.

There are some songs that go on well over the 10 minute mark - that's OK if you're Opeth and the music goes through many moods, but it's a little unbearable when it's varying shades of one emotion.

The only valid comparison that Scythe has are prog-rockers The Flower Kings, but even The Flower Kings have a little rock'n'roll jump and pizzazz in their music.

Scythe is Udo Gerhards on piano, organ, and synthesizers, Ingo Roden on bass, Thomas Thielen on lead vocals, guitar, and Martin Walter on drums. Verena Buchholz contributes flutes.

Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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