By Tamyra Davis
Holy Opening Batman! 1974’s latest conjuring is releasing on October 26th, just a few days before Halloween, and it’s absolutely ear candy for the masses.
“The Great Galactic War” knocks down the door and is right there in your face with all its musical awesomeness. It’s one of those epic tunes that would fit in the next great blockbuster movie (are you listening Spielberg??). Everything about this album screams soundtrack. I think aspiring movie makers should take a listen to “1974 & The Death of the Herald” for inspiration to create megahit movie. The whole thing is a story from beginning to end; and I’m not about to give away the plot so just buy it!!!
The vocal styles are diverse amongst the band which is made up of Mike Forgette on guitar and lead vocals; Tim Moore on drums; Gary Dionne on bass; Adam Clymer on guitar; and Angela Rhea-Piccoli on keys. Tim, Gary, and Angela all have their moments at the mic. But when they come together to create the band’s harmonies, that is truly the “sound” of 1974 and you are sucked into the world they have crafted for you.
One of my favorite songs on the album is the title track and the finale to the story. “Death of a Herald” is reminiscent of the band Yes. The grand arrangements and the sound of a thousand instruments invaded my head as I listened. The war has been won, people. The war has been won and “Death of a Herald” is the celebration of victory.
I couldn’t help but notice the diversity in each track, there were some actual rock opera-worthy moments throughout the album, yet there is a softer side. And just when you think that’s it, they bust out into a tune that could easily be the soundtrack from 1974, the actual year that is.
I highly recommend you add this masterpiece to your collection ASAP. You know I don’t just “say” that unless I mean it. “1974 & The Death of the Herald” drops Saturday, October 26th and can be purchased at http://1974.bandcamp.com/.