Corsair – Ghosts of Proxima Centauri …   Leave a comment

Corsair have always been a band that I could never get excited about. Their first album ‘Alpha Centauri’ was an unusual mix of styles that for me personally didn’t gel too well. So now someone sends me a copy of their latest, ‘Ghosts of Proxima Centauri’ and I am faced with the same dilemma all over again. Do I like it or does it drive me mad, like the first album, it is a bit of both. Like the first album, the style of Corsair is like Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind, Slough Feg colliding headlong into the N.W.O.B.H.M era with a side order of mid 70’s AOR classic rock – confused yet, I know I am. The good news is though from my point of view is this album is a lot more cohesive than the first album. It sounds they have focused more on the songs themselves than genre-bending and the result is this is a far more satisfying album than ‘Alpha Centauri.’

Fans of 70’s rock will love the wonderfully warm guitar sound and the harmonized solos and the lead vocals are shared among the band members which means ‘the song doesn’t remain the same.’ Opening with an instrumental titled ‘Wolfrider’ the band wastes no time in injecting diverse dynamics into the mix. The riffs are from that era in the 70’s when hard rock sat on the edge of heavy-metal but the progressive-rock elements prevented it from being ‘total-metal.’ Bands like Judas Priest changed all that but Corsair sound like they are from the pre-priest era of heavy-music when everything had the psychedelic, prog-rock edge still.

‘Warrior Woman’ is Thin Lizzy meets N.W.O.B.H.M galloping heavy rock and ‘Burnish The Blades’ continues in that half true-metal/half proto-metal style. These songs are good but the second half of this album is where the real goods are. ‘Centurion,’ Orca’ and ‘Eyes Of The Gods’ are exceptional tracks that push the envelope that little bit more as the band heads into within the realms of stoner-metal. The tracks are heavier overall and the music soars with excellent melodies and accomplished musicianship. I am still not totally sold on ‘Ghosts of Proxima Centauri’ but I can see it growing on me over-time and if you want to hear something truly unique, it is hard to go past this…..7/10
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Posted May 11, 2011 by doommantia in Corsair

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