In 1993 PENDRAGON performs back in France and for the first time in Portugal (Lisboa), and in November they released "The Window Of Life". The second album from what I calls the "new" PENDRAGON. I think that PENDRAGON took a big step forward with their previous album "The World". The music changed to the better just like their artwork, and their albums became a perfect unit. I have to admit that initially I wasn't a big PENDRAGON fan, but I listened a lot to them and I found that they became better and better between every listening.
Mother Black Cap are a British five piece band playing a brand of progressive rock music with its roots firmly in the Genesis, Pendragon, Grey Lady Down and The Gift territory. The second album ("The English Way", 2009) comprises seven tracks ranging from a minute to 17 minutes, the longer tracks giving the band time and scope for thematic developments from beautiful piano to pulsing synthesizer work and great melodic guitar solos. The stunning epic opus The English Way has thoughtful lyrics about how England and its culture has changed (for the better or worse?) over the last few decades. As well as the philosophical lyrics there are instrumental passages giving dramatic and dynamic changes with power and grace. An album that will appeal to those who like both vintage and modern progressive music…
PENDRAGON's release of "The Masquerade Overture" represents one of the 90's strongest prog releases yet! This brilliant recording sets new heights for neo-prog acts in terms of complete recordings. "The Masquerade Overture" really does capture the essence of concept-like story line and takes the listener into a completely new world. I love the mix of opera, orchestra and the symphonic tendency of PENDRAGON which seems to work to perfection on this release. There are some nice and tasty guitar / bass parts scattered throughout all of the songs. At several key points I get a strong PINK FLOYD feel, but I may be the only one who gets this? Nick Barrett adds some great vocals throughout which give it that unmistakeable PENDRAGON feel.
As a modern-day Troubadour Estas Tonne’ travels countless places and finds himself in several cultural references without identifying himself with a single nation or country, rather with the cultural richness of the world. His music is therefore a reflection of many approaches.