The Borders Of LightLABEL:
Fame Of Poets RecordsYEAR:
C.S.Management & PromotionsCOUNTRY OF ORIGIN: LINEUP:
Kostas Kyriakidis - drums, keyboards * Chris Dando - vocals, keyboards * Daryl Gardner - rhythm guitar * James Marshall Stanley - lead guitar * Paul Thompson - bass * James Barratt - acoustic guitars * Stephanie Fowler - vocalsTRACK LISTING:
01 One Lifetime * 02 Nobody Fills The Loneliness * 03 Chimera * 04 Night Time Angels * 05 The Road You've Taken * 06 Losing My Mind * 07 Distressed And Powerless * 08 Out Of Reach * 09 The Borders Of Light * 10 Solitude Of PainRATING: WEBLINKS: www.rawsilk-official.com | Raw Silk FB Page
I recall writing about this Greek band many years ago. They came and went, but left behind a memorable set of tunes laden with keyboards and held together by twin guitars. That 1990 debut 'Silk Under The Skin' was only a brief 8 track affair, and along with a 2003 reissue and a 2005 reunion concert, punters were left grasping at thin air. Well now in 2017, Raw Silk have reappeared in a different guise and in a different country: leaving Greece behind for the sunny climate of the Black Country, in England. Yes, I maybe joking around with the indifferent British weather, but there's no joking around when it comes to Raw Silk, bought back to life by founder, drummer and songwriter Kostas Kyriakidis, along with some help from a set of Midlands based musicians.
Kyriakidis wrote all this material during 2016, and there's plenty of keys to be found on the first track 'One Lifetime', a good start but taken to a higher level with the mighty 'Nobody Fills The Loneliness', which is the album's first single and best track. Love the verses especially, while the whole thing gels together nicely. 'Chimera' takes on the appearance of a British act, and there's been a whole heap of them over the last five years or so, think Angels Or Kings
for instance. 'The Road You've Taken' is the album's ballad, followed by the blues-inspired 'Losing My Mind', while 'Distressed And Powerless' ramps up the energy. The title track 'Borders Of The Light' at well over 11 minutes was just far too much to absorb in one sitting. I mean, apart from prog rock acts who have no concept of time anyway, who writes music this long in the age of instant gratification? Sorry to say. I did like the last track 'Solitude Of Pain', but to be honest, this sounded like a typical British progressive rock track.
This version of Raw Silk is markedly different to the first iteration of the band. The original flighty Euro styled AOR replaced by something more British, more pomp oriented even, something like Saracen
but without the dominant keyboards for instance. Unfortunately the change didn't resonate with me, and apart from a couple of decent tracks, I was left wondering where the old Raw Silk was. Perhaps Kostas should've named the band something else, because the identity is completely different. The album hits the shelves on April 28th, so look for this at your nearest Online Retailer.
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