I remember the first time I heard the band Spock’s Beard. It was back when the best site for checking out new bands was mp3.com. At least it seemed like it at the time. This was back in the days where it was standard to have a dial-up connection, and if you have never had to suffer through that horror, count yourself lucky. Trying to download a 4-5 mg mp3 file on dial-up was a test of patience, so when I downloaded a couple tracks from this band with this weird name, some of the songs were long thus making the file larger which made it even more trying. However, after hearing a brief snippet I wanted to keep the files because I was super impressed.
Some will be fortunate enough to have the deluxe edition, which features 5 more tracks, 4 being different songs which are not available on the regular edition and the other being a reworked version of “Something Very Strange”. The 5 songs add up to an additional 30 minutes of music, which is pretty cool by itself. Honestly, none of them are especially great to me but the hardcore fans will definitely want the additional tracks.
Spearheading this project is Martin Schella, who some of you might now from his role in STEEL PROTECTOR or maybe even CAST IN SILENCE but he is joined here with a massive cast of people, some who are largely unknowns and a few surprisingly high profile guests too, like Gary Wehrkamp and Brendt Allman both from SHADOW GALLERY, Billy Sherwood from YES and SPOCK’S BEARD occasional member Jimmy Keegan…
The concept here is revealed in a 2 part CD release in which Morse tells the story his days in Spocks Beard and it’s unexpected success, all the way through dealing with personal battles in his own life with the birth of his daughter Jayda, adding more twists and turns into epics tunes and heart ridden emotional quests of self revelation and awakenings.