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    Monarch Trail

    MONARCH TRAIL is a superb prog band that currently ranks among my favourite newer Canadian outfits. Three years ago, these chaps pleasantly surprised with their debut CD 'Skye', on which they trod some really exciting musical paths. Thereafter, I had great expectations for the successor. In Summer of 2017, Monarch Trail unveil a new studio album 'Sand', and it can not disappoint. Absolutely spot on!

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    So, if you are curious to listen to the whole thing, here’s a link.

    http://progstreaming.nl/pages/play-a...h+Trail+-+Sand


    My additional comment will follow later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prog Head View Post
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    Monarch Trail continue their forward momentum as they have just released a sophomore album ‘Sand’ which is quite tremendous in its effect. Combining the best elements of their debut release and using potion of inventive extract, MT seek to take us back to the halcyon days of the 1970's. Once again, the core personalities (Ken Baird - keyboards & lead vocals, Dino Verginella - bass, Chris Lamont - drums) enlisted the support from the guest guitarists (John Mamone, Kelly Kereliuk, Steve Cochrane) who append some hues and textures to the signature style. Here and there, the floating synth lines embody the mode of Tony Banks with deliberate nods to Rick Wakeman. Whereas the flamboyant keyboards accompanied by splendid guitar passages, skillful rhythmic changes and engaging soundscapes evoke a delectable retro feel, the general approach is sweetened by attractive singing from Ken Baird. Taken as a whole, the brand new Monarch Trail affair is a strong mix of exciting instrumental pieces ('Station Theme', Charlie’s Kitchen', 'Another Silent World') and gorgeous vocal tracks ('First Thoughts', 'Back To The Start', 'Missing', 'Sand'). The musical content is so rich with nice melodies that it holds your attention all the way through. Entering gently into a magical venture, the anterior cut sets the stage for following material. It may be a cliche to say so, but the final composition, 24+ min. epic, sums up all the ingredients, showcasing how versatile this Canadian group can be within a symphonic prog rock multi-movement. Indeed, a great choice to complete the consistent album. The bottom line: buying a CD ‘Sand’ guarantees you're in for something really special. RECOMMENDED!
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    Here's an interview for the Profil Prog Rock site.

    http://www.profilprog.com/monarch-trail-sand-interview

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prog Head View Post
    the general approach is sweetened by attractive singing from Ken Baird. ...

    To a certain extent, vocal performance makes me think of Alan Parsons Project and Barclay James Harvest.

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