Album review: 4TH LABYRINTH – Better

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4th Labryrinth, winner of best band in Cambridge and with one of the most impressive records for playing live in the area and futher afield, known for brilliant stagecraft from Marcel Kunkel with his sharp wit, German accent, top hat and shiny jackets backed with some of Cambridge’s best musicians in Tom Winch (drums), Andy Cross (guitars), Lachlan Golder (guitars) and the rainbow-braided whirlwind Claudia McKenzie who always causes a frenzy in festival photo pits from togs trying to catch images of her trademark hair!

So we arrive at album number two following 2015′ s more poppy ‘Quattro Stagioni’, ‘Better’ I dare say is the perfect name; ‘Quattro Stagioni’ was a fine collection a 4/5 if I was reviewing today.

‘Better’ just edges it with its harder, more prog direction, not that anything is as indulgent as standard old prog nothing is over done or over played, everything balances very nicely thank you. The swirling Hammond organ is very Jon Lord in the right places everything ebbs and flows, light and shade, guitars either crunch or chime, the bass and drumming are exceptional. 4th Labryrinth have crafted an album to match the love and reputation they have from their live performances.

Sit down, turn the lights off, put on down decent headphones and pour a glass of wine, listen and enjoy! From the atmospheric intro, through the Purple-like ‘This Is Rock ‘N’ Roll’ and the moody ‘Darkness Calling’ it’s bit in the past, a bit in the present and a lot of talent squeezed into 37 minutes. ****1/2

Review by Martin Porter

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