Sonic Shocks magazine review

From issue 10:

Sonic Shocks 'Honey and Lava' review

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It’s incredible how progressive rock’s golden era of the 70’s has been making a big return as inspiration since the turn of the millenium — the comeback of bands like Van Der Graaf Generastor and Comus being a part, a festival that allows the best of both eras to be showcased and a new generation emerging from the shadows.

Coralspin are a melting pot of progressive and AOR; the symphonic vocals of Ellie Blyth — a graudate of Leeds University’s conservatorium and a member of Oxford Pro Musica singers’ choir — bring to mind the vulnerability of people such as Sonja Kristina Linwood on tracks like ‘Songbird’, but with the power of artists such as Tarja when the melodic rock side of the band comes out in full force.

The melodic rock side is where Coralspin manage to be as strong as their peers, Asia being one that immediately comes to mind given that band’s history; the combined keyboards and guitar solos on ‘Mistimed’ and the most ‘progressive’ track on the album ‘Sons of the Sleeping Giant’ manage to work without causing a clash between the two genres – let’s say you won’t be seeing them thinking dubstep will be a good idea to go down anytime.

They may be new to the prog scene but, in a world where diversity manages to work more than most, ‘Honey and Lava’ manages to relax the listener and invites them to figure out another band that no doubt in so many years will be an inspiration for the NEXT wave of progressive melodic rock.


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