Pilgrym - Pilgrimmage

Year of Release: 2004
Label: Holyground Records
Catalog Number: HDYCD04
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

This review is excerpted from Clayton's October 31, 2004 The Prog Life column found here. To refresh your memory, every CD that [was reviewed in the article received] a score in each of five categories: Songwriting, Performance, Vocals, Recording Quality, and Packaging. The scores are from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, unless you count 11, which you can't because the scores can only go up to 10. -ed.

Songwriting: 7
Performance: 7
Vocals: 6
Recording Quality: 7
Packaging: ???

Pilgrym is a more conventional prog group than the aforementioned Thork and, especially, Chill Faction, playing a variety of 70s-slanted tunes that have much in common with so-called neo-prog groups like Pendragon, but with a more classic, commercial bent. Think of the 70s melodic prog group Gypsy, but without the three-part harmonies that was the trademark of that previous group. Then stir in a touch of early Asia. The shrill recording has an overabundance of high end, but you can probably correct that with your stereo's treble control. The performances, like the songs, also have a strong 70s sound, with the band being more intent on the songs than on virtuoso musicianship. I can't comment on the packaging, because I believe the copy I received (a CD-R with a computer printed booklet) was meant only for promotional purposes. Based on the great artwork, I suspect that the final CD features a more professional presentation. Probably a mistake to send out a low-quality promotional package, but, lucky for the band, the music speaks for itself. An enjoyable disk for folks who gravitate to prog lite.

Circus Of The Absurd / Ghosts Of Years / Believe Me Now / Building A Perfect / Universe [Part 1] / Building A Perfect Universe [Part 2] / Song Of The Albatross / Black Sun / Reborn [Live] / Circus Of The Absurd [Edit]

Andy Wells - keyboards, guitars, vocals
Tony Drake - guitars and vocals
Kev Mulvihill - drums and percussion
Oliver Drake - guitars, bass and drums
Rob Jarvis - guitars and keyboards

Pilgrammage (2004)
EP (ep) (2007)
The Great Divide (tba)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: October 31st 2004
Reviewer: Clayton Walnum
Artist website: www.pilgrym.co.uk
Hits: 825
Language: english


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