30 March 2013

The Room - Open Fire


Ok, another request to review for a friend. However there is a difference here - one of the band members is the brother of the person who has made the request.  So, as I have told said person I will be honest here and not give praise where I do not think it is deserved or be too critical to be cool.  I will just be honest as that is what I think people who look at the blog deserve and what the band deserves as well.

The Room are from the Southeast of England; they formed in 2010 and are from the Prog rock/melodic rock side of the world.  For people that need a point of reference I would say they have a bit of some early Genesis, Marillion, the less metal part of Dream Theatre and Mostly Autumn. If you do not like your music in this sort of fashion then you might not like these guys; however you would be a fool to not listen to the band.

Firstly I would like to say that the art work is striking.  Mrs ATTIWLTMOWOS saw the cover and was very interest which never normally happens. Musically they are going down a path that is very heavily by prog bands of yester-years. But just because it has a retro feeling does not mean it is not well played and actually well produced as well. Opening with "Flesh & Bone" and ploughing straight into the fantastic "A Casual Believer" you know exactly what you’re going to get with this band - good honest prog music.  Whilst it is not ground breaking for the genre it is still a good example of a well functioning band. 

From beginning to the final note of "ICU" there is nothing to fault with this band.  They sound like an amazing unit who would be really good to see live.  All in all I cannot recommend this anymore higher, if you like prog, this band is worth checking out.

8.5 out of ten - Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my money, time and heart


You can purchase directly from the band here

You can purchase from Amazon here, but it is cheaper to go directly to the band

You can listen to on Spotify here

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