As far as Progressive rock is concerned, most of the criticisms heard during the last thirty years insist on the show-off virtuoso side of it, with a lack of emotions, sort of a technical window for musicians with incredible egos. This was actually one of the major arguments of the punk wave during the second half of the Seventies that had set as a goal (If they ever had one ) to get rid of the "Dinosaurs" that YES, GENESIS, EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER and others had become. It would be completely dishonest to deny this superficial and over simplifying reasoning a small hint of truth, but SEBASTIAN HARDIE could be a good example of the contrary At about the same time, four anonymous people from down under tried to show that our favourite style can go very well with a lyrical, melodical and accessible music. Recorded in 1975, "Four Moments" is like a whole, if not conceptual, at least musical. This is a marvellous symphonic Progressive rock opus that shows very elaborate themes that have a perfect balance between lyrical keyboards and flowing guitar solos, harmonic vocals and refined themes. As a bonus, this jewel of refinement had a real commercial success as well as a huge consideration from the Progressive rock scene, that made them one of their absolute references. The following year, "Windchase" almost managed to recreate this incredible performance that was in itself extraordinary. This second and final album includes a suite of about 20 minutes, just to have us wait patiently for WINDCHASEs new album The band of course! The complete discography of SEBASTIAN HARDIE is from now on reissued by Musea, as well as "Live In Los Angeles 1994". Reformed for the ProgFest 1994, this band led by guitarist singer Mario MILLO still shows a great melodical style. Don't miss it !
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