Το πρόγραμμα άνοιξαν -στην ώρα τους χωρίς καμία καθυστέρηση- οι Jade Vine, μία μπάντα που έδωσε άλλη έννοια στον όρο support. Με μία πολύ απλή πρόταση : ήταν το πιο ταιριαστό πρελούδιο για τους Anathema (φυσικά και ήταν εφόσον οι ίδιοι οι Anathema τους επέλεξαν). Πόσο τυχαίος να’σαι υπό αυτές τις προϋποθέσεις;Καθόλου,θα απαντούσα εγώ, εφόσον έχεις πλαισίωσει ένα συγκρότημα με άρτιους και ταλαντούχους μουσικούς που σε προϊδεάζουν για το τι σημαίνει ατμοσφαιρικό ροκ.Τραγούδια όπως το ‘Take me Under‘, ‘One Last Time‘ και ‘Nothing I Can Do‘ είναι αντιπροσωπευτικά δείγματα της εξαιρετικής δουλειάς τους. Γεγονός που με σόκαρε σχεδόν, ήταν το βάθος και γενικά όλα τα μήκη και πλάτη φωνής των αδερφών Κωνσταντίνος και Μάριος Μαγδαληνός, ενώ αν δεν απατώμαι,για κάποιο λόγο νομίζω ότι κάπου εκεί στα δεύτερα φωνητικά, άκουσα λίγο από Hansi Kürsch των Blind Guardian.Πείτε με τρελή αλλά οι ψιλές που άκουσα έριξαν το σαγόνι μου στο κάγκελο…το οποίο σαγόνι δεν πρόλαβα να μαζέψω μέχρι το τέλος αυτής της βραδιάς.
The magical night kicked off at 9:30 o’clock -we should say that the timetable was followed punctually) with Mr. Danny Cavanagh coming on the stage in order to introduce us with the opening act of the show. Jade Vine is actually a Greek band, located in London. Their debut album, which was released last January, is titled ‘Nothing Can Hide From Light’ and it was recorded under Danny’s supervision. Danny also co-produced the album, along with the band and Patrick Moore. I have to admit that it was one of the very few times -you can actually count them in the fingers of one hand- that I was really impressed and mind-blown by the performance of an opening act and, trust me, I am not exaggerating. Their sound could be easily described as prog rock, while, in my opinion, they don’t adopt the typical sense of the word in their sound. If I should absolutely have to put a label to their music and sound, I would call them “sweet and melancholic dreamy rock”. They played a 40-minute set, which was based on their debut album, as well as songs such as Last Time (which is the first song that the band has ever written, as they informed us), Say It, Sell It (which has been written and dedicated to the current condition of the music industry), Lost It All and some others as well. Unfortunately, Jade Vine waved goodbye by playing their last song, Lost Control. Judging by the applause in the end of their performance, I was not the only one who “wanted some more,” so I truly hope and wish the band will take it seriously into account and give us the chance to see them again on stage soon!
Avoiding either chart-pandering pop-indie or pompous psychedelic proclivities as extremes, these guys set out with their guitars on their back and a great empty road in front. Highly tantalising modern rock with moving acoustic power makes for the greater package this London foursome bring you with their debut.
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Now here we have a very sensational new progband from the UK. JADE VINE are coming out of London and are making their debut with ‘Nothing can hide from light’, which happens to be an exceptionally superb album.
Producer/Songwriter/Guitarist DANIEL CAVANAGH of ANATHEMA co-produced the album and I must admit that this first JADE VINE album might become one of 2013’s finest progreleases. This album just feels so good, because everything sounds picture perfect, both instrumentally and vocally speaking, with a clear focus on keen melodies.
If there’s one genre in this universe that keeps surprising us, then it is definitely Progrock and with JADE VINE we have another major winner! Hopefully they will become as huge as the mentioned acts, so we can enjoy much more of them in the future!
I’m a real sucker for songs that start off slow and deliberate and then build into something that has real substance. The debut album from UK based Jade Vine has ten songs which do exactly that.
A great start to what I hope is a long and fruitful career from a band that, based on what they’ve done on their debut, deserve your listening attention. Powerpoints: 9/10
The tracks offer interesting, varied arrangements and the music goes from a whisper to a roar and back again, offering a depth that rewards with repeated spins. Its expansive widescreen music creates a mood of open space and sorrow.
If the alt-prog of Porcupine Tree, the power of Pain Of Salvation and the ambience of Anathema tickle your fancy, then Jade Vine are worth exploring.