ARTIST:

VERBAL DELIRIUM

(GREECE)
TITLE:

THE IMPRISONED WORDS OF FEAR

(2016)
LABEL:

BAD ELEPHANT MUSIC

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Melancholic, Theatrical
"Less alternative rock than "So Close...", less experimental than "From the Small House...", "The Imprisoned Words of Fear" distils a more "classical" progressive rock which is perhaps the best way to get to enter the world of Verbal Delirium."
CORTO1809 (28.12.2020)  
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If "The Imprisoned Words of Fear" is the third album to appear in Verbal Delirium's discography, after "So Close and Yet So Far Away" and "From The Small House of Weakness", its conception however precedes those of the first two records. Because this album is originally a demo that the band made in 2007 and that remained in the drawers for nine years before John Kosmidis decided to dig it up and rework the tracks to give it its final shape.

As far as the line-up is concerned, it's still not very stable. The guitarist of the first two albums, Nikitas Kissonas, only appears as a guest on three tracks and the band changes drummer for the third time. George Pagidas and Nikolas Nikolopoulos, on bass and sax/flute respectively, still support the mastermind John Kosmidis, and Verbal Delirium welcomes three new musicians to the band: George Kyriakidis on guitar, Stelios Pavlou on drums and Nikos Terzis on piano. The group thus acquires two pianists, reinforcing, if it were still possible, the predominant place of this instrument at the heart of the compositions.

Structurally too, there is movement. If the average length of the tracks on "So Close and Yet So Far Away" was around five minutes and if "From The Small House of Weakness" contained only a long 12-minute suite that closed the album, it is three mini epics of more than ten minutes that close the march on "The Imprisoned Words of Fear". The alternative rock of the first and the experimental art rock of the second is replaced here by the progressive rock.

The diversity of the themes and the mixture of styles are de rigueur and, except for 'Words', a pure and melancholic song, and 'Images From A Grey World', mixing progressive rock and heavy metal without too much finesse, all the titles are the subject of interweaving melodies and changes of tempo as we like to find them in progressive rock. Nevertheless, the band keeps the stigmas that identify it: marriage of water and fire with these alternations of melancholic piano and almost metal guitars, dark ambiences reminding those of Van der Graaf Generator, inhabited vocals, in turn moving, light, worrying or crazy... which, although a little less theatrical than on the two previous albums, remains a vector of emotions.

If the rhythmic is very present and the piano/guitar alternation still works as well, the flute/sax presence is rather anecdotal, even under-used. Less alternative rock than "So Close...", less experimental than "From the Small House...", "The Imprisoned Words of Fear" distils a more "classical" progressive rock which is perhaps the best way to get to enter the world of Verbal Delirium


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Words (03:12)
02. Close To You (06:35)
03. Misleading Path (05:55)
04. Images From A Grey World (06:34)
05. The Decayed Reflection (a Verbal Delirium) (11:51)
06. Fear (13:06)
07. In Memory (11:22)

LINEUP:
George Kyriakidis: Guitare (2-7)
George Pagidas: Basse
John Kosmidis: Chant / Claviers
Nikos Nikolopoulos: Saxophone / Flûte / Mellotron
Nikos Terzis: Piano
Stelios Pavlou: Batterie
Nikitas Kissonas: Invité / Guitare (1,3,7)
   
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