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Cor Cordium is a real crock of gold in progs 2011 treasure trove irrespective of what influences can be heard in the stunning production. As one friend remarked earlier today, and I shall credit with him this line, It does rather leave other albums stuck on the ground in the hangar. I cannot agree more. --Alison Henderson, Dutch Progressive Rock Page
To sum up Cor Cordium, it is the album that has really won my heart. I would recommend it to any prog rock lover... I do not want to sound pompous here but, as Michael Nolan put it: there are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart...pursue those. --Jonathan Pine, Progressiveears.com
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After the first listen, my reaction was "That's it?" Then I remembered that I had similar reactions to "Culture of Ascent" and "Shadowlands" (which I now love). So I took the time to listen again..........and again. While I still can't say I'm completely enamored by Cor Cordium, it is growing on me. But why is it taking longer this time?
Well, Glass Hammer has always "worn their influences on their sleeves" while carefully crafting their own sound - that's one aspect that draws prog-rock lovers to them. However, with Cor Cordium I can't help but feel they are trying to sound too much like Yes, and lose their Glass Hammer identity in the process. Maybe Jon Davison's vocals are too similar to that other Jon's to avoid direct comparisons, but when the music also mirrors Yes, it makes me feel a bit... weird. Check out the steel guitar/keyboard passage at the end of "She, A Lonely Tower" - think Yes' classic "Awaken". Then listen to parts of "One Heart" - think Yes' "Can You Imagine" from the Magnification album. See what I mean?
When I first listened to Glass Hammer's previous release ("If" - 2010) I thought it was pretty cool that parts sounded a lot like Yes. However, when I listen to "If" in combination with "Cor Cordium" I get the feeling I do when I listen to Jon Anderson's solo work - there's now just a bit too much of a good thing, and not enough balance (in this case, between the Yes and Glass Hammer sounds) for my taste. Glass Hammer have previously thanked their fans who "get it".Read more ›
I am a huge fan of If. I think the addition of Jon Davison (vocals), Alan Shikoh (guitar) and and Randall Williams (drums) rejuvenated the band after 2009's Three Cheers, which many consider their weakest effort, certainly the least in keeping with their ongoing prog stylings. Of course, the addition of Davison took them firmly into the realm of sounding a whole lot like that other aforementioned band, but as you'll see I don't view that as imitation or a negative. If they've taken on the Yes torch, they've certainly carried it further and to other interesting places.
From the opening notes of Nothing Box, it's very clear this is a symphonic prog album of epic proportions. If I had any questions of whether they would continue the trends of If, the first two tracks definitively removed any doubts there. But Cor Cordium isn't simply If, part two. Here we find this group coming together with a stronger band personality. Although Glass Hammer remains anchored by Fred Schendel and Steve Babb, both Davison and Shikoh seem stronger contributors than on If.
The compositions on Cor Cordium are very rooted in the classic symphonic prog style, with the layering of instruments, complex passages, nifty time signatures and epic themes aficionados will love. I find the balance to be more even on Cor Cordium, where If may have favored the keys and bass a bit. Here it seems every instrument and the vocals all contribute equally to the compositions.Read more ›
They created a follow-up to their monster hit album IF from 2010 with perhaps their finest work yet, and will hopefully leave any doubt behind regarding their status as one of the best progressive rock bands, period.
There have been numerous comparisons over the years, likening Glass Hammer to Yes, and there has been some merit to that, in my thinking, but perhaps that now is something inappropriate to use as a measuring stick. I love Yes, and they were my favorite band in High School, some seventy million years ago or so. Yes, in the last ten years, has produced nearly nothing, their latest offering an excellent album, to my tastes, but quite honestly, is nothing in comparison to IF, or now the special Cor Cordium album. I would wink and say, going back through both collections for both bands, Yes never sounded as good as Glass Hammer....
Lets look at what Cor Cordium has in store for you. The opening track is one called Nothingbox, a nice chunky prog number weighing in at just over ten minutes. It lures you in from the opening note, and once you hear those first strums of the guitar, the lazy but insistent tapestry of synth and keyboards weaving in, the commanding crunch of the bass, and Jon singing, the song just takes off. I've only listened five times so far, but it still may be my favorite track from the album... it is oh so difficult to make that distinction, when you have more goodies, like One Heart following right on the heels of the Nothingbox, and changing the rhythm and pace of the evolving landscape of sound that unfolds before you.Read more ›
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You'll find lots of comparisons to Yes here, but to be clear, think Classic Yes like the album Fragile, but you'll also find elements from albums all the way up to Tormato. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by D. Merrill
It is hard to believe, but Glass Hammer have been around now for 2 decades becoming one of the elder statesman still remaining from the mid 90's progressive rock renaissance. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Steven Sly
I don't share the enthusiasm for Cor Cordium shown by so many of the reviewers on this site. After being blown away by If, I was eager to give this one a listen. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by R. D. Davis
I loved the writing style and production. There are many strong moments. I will definitely listen to it over the years.Published on May 5, 2013 by Hazard
I have been listening to prog rock since the early 70s before it was called prog rock. This Glass Hammer CD is quite good. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Mark Wellman
Glass Hammer has a few great songs on this album. ("Nothing Box" is the best). Jon Davison's vocals are pristine. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Kerry G. Davids