The Canadian band Mystery has graced these pages before and while it took them a few years to release this album, another release is already imminent, so as usual I am running late. But don´t let that stop you for checking out this one, as I think it will proof to be worth every dime you invest in it. That is, if you are into quality progressive rock.
Core of the band is again singer Benoit David (back from his fling with Yes) and Michel St-Pere (guitars and keyboards). Antoine Fafard is playing bass and Nick D`Virgilio has found another home after leaving the drum kit of Spock´s Beard behind. Together the quartet have recorded a massive album that is a showcase of everything that is to like about this type of music. It may be preaching for the converted (as I bet most self proclaimed haters of the style already skipped reading this), but Mystery are a band that proves that music in this genre cán be elaborate yet melodic and catchy. Interesting and complex and still strike an emotional chord. Rock hard or be gentle like a soft summer breeze. Well, you get the idea.
For me it is easy to listen to this all day and never get bored. Premium stuff, buy it!
2 years after the very successful album One Among the Living, MYSTERY is back with their seventh album, The World is a Game. With a brand new studio line-up featuring Michel St-Père on guitars and Keyboards, Benoit David on vocals, Antoine Fafard from the band SPACED OUT on bass and additional acoustic guitars and drummer Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’S Beard, Tears for Fear, Genesis).
This is also a new studio album for Benoit David who’S back from touring and recording 2 albums with legendary band YES and his third studio album with Mystery
Sometimes you start playing an album and as soon as the first song is only half way, you start wondering why you haven´t heard of this band before? And how many albums do they have?
In short, you are blown away!
This is what happened today after playing this really awesome disk by Canadian classic prog band Mystery. This stuff is first class from every point of view. It is no wonder their lead singer Benoit David is currently on tour with Yes….
If you are into this kind of music, stop reading and visit your favourite store and buy this if you don´t already own it.
For the others, if you are not really into this kind of music, give this band a try, maybe they can convince you otherwise. I mean, there is a really great singer, it rocks, it moves and still it has melodies in abundance. It has capable musicians who can handle their instruments so well that the instrumental parts also have something to say. And besides that, they are no copycats either. The Yes reference for instance, is hardly present.
And maybe some people will dismiss this, saying “classic prog? that stuff is ooooold”. Well I feel this band is very relevant. This is firmly rooted in today, but uses from the past what they see fit.
This stuff I can listen to all day (in fact I have) and I am sure I will check out their other CD´s as well. What a discovery. Oh, and the one comment I do have: I can hardly read the lyrics in the booklet. That´s a bummer guys, please improve that.