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Many 21st-century prog rock bands downplay their '70s roots, preferring to create an identity uncolored by close associations with Yes, Genesis, and the like. And while Glass Hammer have experimented with touches of everything from pop to metal since starting out in 1993, the arrival of singer Jon Davison and guitarist Alan Shikoh on 2010's If put the band definitively on an old-school symphonic rock course. Keyboardist Fred Schendel and bass/keyboard man Steve Babb had been the core of the band from the start. Davison and Shikoh not only helped solidify Glass Hammer's lineup; they enabled a full-scale embrace of the band's roots. On If's five tracks—mostly epic-length excursions—tricky time signatures, complex counterpoints, and dizzying polyrhythms are delivered, along with plenty of analog-sounding synth lines, airy vocals, and deftly melodic guitar riffs. If that sounds like a trip back to the glory days of prog, well, why not? And if any further proof of Glass Hammer's mastery of the form is required, consider the fact that Yes themselves tapped Davison as their new frontman in 2012.

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Four cheers and five stars

Imagine if you will, Jon Anderson and Keith Emerson jamming with PFM. The obvious comparisons to Yes with Jon Davison's voice coming closer to the edge than the Imp himself notwithstanding, there is much more here than tribute. The GH epics are here in full force, but this time the band seem much more relaxed and willing to let the songs stretch out without being in a hurry to get there. And that's the beauty of IF for me; each song has its own life and it's a true pleasure to listen to them without their handlers feeling like they have something to prove. Sure, Glass Hammer wears their influences on their sleeves but that's part of their charm. The giants of 70's progressive rock raised the bar high, and seeing as those giants are no longer willing or able to meet their own standard, it's a good thing for the fans that we have bands like Glass Hammer to keep that sound alive. Highly recommended - IF is a goodern.

Solid effort. A return to progressive rock.

The album's roots go back to vintage Yes in the Fragile and Yes Album mold. The new singer bears a striking similarity to Jon Anderson. Occasionally an ELP type of reference will float through mix. An enjoyable album though not groundbreaking.

great job!

With all that Glashammer has gone through,it so nice to hear their beginnings again. Yes,new singer and a new guitar player that
does a great job! Thanks Glasshammer for still pursisting onward !


Formed: Tennessee

Genre: Rock

Years Active:

Glass Hammer began in 1992 when Tennessee musicians Steve Babb and Fred Schendel got together and began writing for a progressive rock concept album. That album, Journey of the Dunadan, was released the following year. Since the two men were basically the entire lineup of the group and played all of the instruments on the album, they would need to recruit musicians to perform the material live. Schendel had played with a drummer named Walter Moore in his last group the Obvious. They brought him in...
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If, Glass Hammer
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Sep 14, 2010

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