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Babb, Schendel, Shikoh and Davison return with the much anticipated PERILOUS, the follow up to 2010's IF and 2011's Cor Cordium. Glass Hammer co-founder Steve Babb has said that Perilous is the band's most ambitious project in years. Featuring audiophile mastering by Bob Katz of Digital Domain and a twelve-page full-color insert with lyrics and liner notes, Perilous is set for release October 23rd, 2012.

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Glass Hammer in my opinion inherited the mantle as the USA s premier progressive rock band. --Geoff Feakes Dutch Progressive Rock Page

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  • Audio CD (October 23, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sound Resources / Arion Records
  • ASIN: B0096N6BI2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The music is wonderful.
Joe Ralias
The problem I have with Perilous is the problem I have with nearly all concept albums.
Fuzz-Box
It seems a bit clumsy when it moves between fast and slow segments.
Old Prog Lover

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Joe Ralias on October 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
On Monday, I received the latest CD from Glass Hammer. The CD, Perilous, which continues in the stylistic vein of their last few CDs (If and Cor Cordium). They have been rather amazing about getting something new out every year, and it is good quality music, too.

The CD is a concept album: 13 songs that blend into one long tale. It has gothic gates, bravery, a spell, dreams, Time, Death, and Hell. And, in the end, Redemption. The lyrics are worth reading, and Jon Davison's voice fits them quite well.

The music is wonderful. Every so often I would get the feeling of being lifted, only to realize that Fred's keyboards are winding around the melody, supporting it perfectly and making it stand out, even against the active background he creates above the Steve's bass.

Another thing I noticed quite quickly is that this doesn't sound much like Yes. It sounds like Glass Hammer. The addition of the Adonia Trio and several choirs gives a Culture of Ascent bent to a If/Cor Cordium style. The combination is wonderful.

I won't go into detail on each song, since others here will do that better than I could. However, I will say that Glass Hammer is one of the best prog bands that I've heard. I recommend Perilous. 5 stars.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Suitt on October 23, 2012
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Glass Hammer is one of the most consistently innovative prog bands working today. This represents the 3rd CD with the current lineup of musicians, and it really shows. To date, Lex Rex had always been my favorite offering from Glass Hammer. I loved the story it told, and the way the music added to the mood of the entire CD. While so far the story on Perilous isn't quite as compelling as Lex Rex, the level of musicianship and production value far surpasses it. The additions of The McCallie School Guitar Choir, The Chattanooga Girls Choir, The Adonia Trio, as well as a Latin choir really makes this CD something special. The tracks on Perilous do a wonderful job of building the tension to a great crescendo. The CD is truly 1 song in 13 parts and gives you the feeling that you're listening to an Opus rather than an album of separate tracks. After 3-4 complete listenings, I haven't (in fairness) been able to concentrate on the story being told as much as I will eventually get to do, but so far it seems to be enjoyable.
All in all, this is my favorite of the 3 CDs featuring the current lineup. They have truly benefited from working together longer than previous incarnations of Glass Hammer. The talent level of the music for Glass Hammer has never been stronger. The only thing that keeps Lex Rex as still being my favorite Glass Hammer CD is that they story told on Lex Rex drew me in like no other concept album ever had.
It is fair to say that Jon's vocals are quite similar to Jon Anderson, but I think calling them a copy of Yes is really selling short one of the best prog bands of our generation. For symphonic prog lovers, you cannot go wrong with purchasing Perilous!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M J Hutchinson on October 30, 2012
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Glass Hammer are one of those bands that seem to be on the periphery of people's ideas about classic progressive rock bands, maybe forever overshadowed by 'Yes'. Well, that should be no more as the guys return with an absolutely brilliant piece of music, multi layered, full of different textures and nuances. The album is, essentially, one song that is split into 13 parts but each, individual part is a gem in it's own right.
Starting with the album opener, 'The Sunset Gate', through the ethereal, 'We Slept, We Dreamed' to the heavier (sic) vibes of the brilliant 'Our Foe Revealed', the listener is taken on a diverse musical journey, to really appreciate this piece of prog brilliance you need to stop the world, get off and find a corner somewhere quiet where you can take an hour out of your life and just enjoy it.
There is no letting off the complex musical brilliance as 'Toward Home We Fled' takes up the story,a fantastic piece of music, lilting and soaring then we come slowly down with 'As The Sun Dipped Low', the guitar taking prominence as we move into an excellent instrumental interlude which continues with 'The Wolf Gave Chase' and slows right down with 'We Fell At Last', the guitar taking on a classical overtone,the story continues with 'In That Lonely Place' where the delightful voice of Amber Fults joins Jon Davison on leading us towards the final part of the journey which concludes with the brilliant 'Where Sorrows Died And Came No More'.
Jon Davison's delightful voice soars and hits all the right notes, the bass guitar of Steve Babb gives the whole album it's background whilst the keyboards of Fred Schendel evoke memories of classic 70's prog, all the while the guitar of Alan Shikoh is there waiting to take us on a musical journey, a definite contender and, in this correspondent's opinion, maybe a shoe in, for 'Progressive album of the year'.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Scalzo on October 31, 2012
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The third album by Glass Hammer's current incarnation, featuring YES-man Jon Davison, drummer Randall Williams and guitarist Kamran Alan Shikoh alongside longtime stalwarts Fred Schendel on keys and Steve Babb on bass. The last two albums, the glorious IF and COR CORDIUM, mixed epics with shorter material. This time around, we have an hour-long concept album made up of shorter pieces in the 2-7 minute range, all flowing together from track to track into one big conceptual whole.

The band's already huge, symphonic sound is here augmented by The Adonia String Trio, The McCallie School Guitar Choir, The Chattanooga Girls Choir, a Latin Choir and guests on oboe/recorder and backup vocals making this a truly Symphonic experience.

This isn't the kind of album that can really be reviewed song-by-song since it is the totality of the listening experience that counts. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. The best thing about Prog music, to me, is that it takes you on a journey. Unlike Pop songs, a good Prog album is like reading a book or seeing a film, and this album fills the bill.

Everybody plays their butts off as usual, their technical proficiency nicely balanced by the warmth and humanity at the soul of this group. No cold technicians here, these guys can PLAY but they do it tastefully and in service to the music, and Davison's soaring, melodic vocals seal the deal. If you are a fan of classic Prog like YES, or some of the newer retro-Prog groups such as WOBBLER, this album will send you into the stratosphere.
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