Album & Single Reviews

Published on October 25th, 2014 | by Mike Ainscoe



Anyone who’s listened to recent Sonic Bandwagon shows may have picked up on the quest from bands with unusual names – currently being led by Yorkshire proggers, Awooga, who have been bagging some airtime on the show. However, comments about the unusual nature of their name might need to be re-assessed with Spanish prog/classical metallers Pervy Perkin appearing on the horizon. Never was there been a more incongruous name for a band when placed next to their elaborate brand of classical progressiveness.

After two years in the making, the behemoth which is the ‘Ink’ album appeared earlier this year. Considering the vastness of the album, two years might seem a drop in the ocean. Over two and a quarter hours of music spread (just) across 2 CDs. It’s a colossal piece of work with all five band contributors adding their musical influences to deliver an array of styles and arrangements from the more immediate to the lengthy extended forms.

Split between the 2 CDs as ‘Book Of Equinox’ and ‘Book Of Solstice’, there are clearly some aspects of thought amongst the concept – the eight part ‘T.I.M.E (Part III: The Sign On The Wall)’ taking the prize for the most prog sounding title and arrangement. There’s a combination of a very Mexican/Spanish Morricone styled trumpet, expansive string arrangements and choral harmonies act as the overture in the five minutes of ‘Opening Credits’. All cinematic and widescreen and frankly ambitious, it encompasses much of what Pervy Perkin is about. Within the whole package there are times when you feel there’s some element  of filler with a few of the shorter pieces seeming a tad underworked, yet at other times, like ‘The New Tree In The Sky’, there are the rewarding moments which capture some of the mid seventies Rush sound.

Ending the first set with the 27 minute ‘Morphosis’ Chapters I and II, the second CD containing ‘The Book Of Solstice’ seems a little more challenging and to be frank, a piece of work of this magnitude and scope is way  too difficult and demanding to take in over a short period of time. Like many double albums, some not even of this length, less is more and a case of trimming and editing down might produce a much more rounded and balanced killer of a single disc, but for those who like excess, Pervy Perkin have it in spades.

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About the Author

Mike's mellowed in his old age, discovering the delights of traditional folk and acoustic music and the constant stream of new music coming through his passion as a gig-goer, music photographer and writer. With favourite artists and favourite songs which change daily, even hourly, he adds another spoke to the Sonic Bandwagon wheel of fortune.

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