Exposé Online banner

Revelation — Addicted
(Red Hot CDR 108, 1995, CD)

by Steve Robey, Published 1996-08-01

Addicted Cover art

Happily, this neo-progressive outfit from London avoids copying the overworked Marillion sound so many neo-prog bands favor these days. Instead, they update their sound considerably, with a big guitar sound and state-of-the-art synthesizers. Instrumental flavor is added with judicious use of flutes and interesting chord changes. Still, this band treads dangerously close to Asia's territory. The big sound and occasionally predictable lyrics may dissuade the more traditional progsters. Although Matthew Heinink is obviously a gifted guitarist, his style is more derivative than evocative, and his vocals get the job done but never really excite. The standouts on this album, "Jack's in the Box" and "Jack the Lad," both work because they stray further than usual from the normal neo-prog mold of the remainder of the album. The former uses a beautiful flute passage in its intro, while the latter uses novel percussion sounds to almost evoke a bossa-nova sound at times. On the whole, this is a solid neo-prog album, but it lacks a bit in originality and variety.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 10, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): Revelation

Latest news

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

NoVox - NoVox – First off, this disc has to have one of the weirdest and most provocative cover images ever! Now beyond the graphics and on to the music. Some may remember the Dutch quartet Cliffhanger who put out...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues