Thursday 23 May 2013

Review: The Skys – Colours of the Desert

The Skys – Colours of the Desert (Matchbox Recordings)
Previously hailed as “Lithuania’s No.1 proggers” by Kerrang! founder, Geoff Barton, The Skys have a lot to live up to on their fourth full length album, “Colours of the Desert”. Taking sand as their central concept, The Skys score the world’s rise from the desert (“Is This the Way?”), the loneliness of the desert (“Walking Alone”), desert dwellers (“Lethal Kiss” and “The Pyramid”), the sands of time (title track), draw in biblical reference (“I…He…”), and imply that nuclear war would result in the world returning to such a barren place (“When The Western Wind Blows”).

Featuring male / female interchangeable lead vocals and guests; Dave Kilminster (Roger Waters band), John Young (Scorpions, Bonnie Tyler), Snake Davis (Eurythmics), Martin Beedle (Cutting Crew), Anne Marie Helder (Mostly Autumn, Panic Room) and Tony Spada (Holding Pattern), The Skys have a powerful, meticulously produced and very theatrical rock sound. So much so that “Colours of the Desert” could be described as a nomadic rock opera and couldn’t help but make one think “Jesus Christ Superstar”!

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