Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover issue No. 80, Spring 2017 - The Boston based trio fronted by guitarist Daniel Gil runs a 1968-1973 classic rock gamut. When Gil plays acoustic folk, such as "Always Home," it's like Greg Lake singing for Pete Townshend on Quadrophenia, while a similar prelude to "The Queen of the Night" might be Jimmy Page channeling Bert Jansch picking Steve Howe's hushed opening of Yes's "Roundabout"; "False Prophet" begins on a Hendrix/Cream tip before a mid-section like a less slick Mark Knopfler; "Ophra" picks up ominous omens of Black Sabbath and Machine Head Deep Purple. Call them folk-prog/hard rock? Somewhere between Status Quo, Bloodrock's "D.O.A.," Led Zeppelin III, and the Lake sung, epic title track of King Crimson's The Court of the Crimson King, Raibard takes rock back to its weirdo heavy blues and Britfolk base before prog went off the rails.
Dan Weston, Divide and Conquer, July 2017 - Daniel Gil, Adam Morrison and Phil Mackay are Raibard. The band recently released The Queen of the Night which is a complete DIY effort. The bandapparently has been compared to bands like Pearl Jam, Dinosaur Jr. and The Who to name a few. To my ear the band has a distinct ’70s sound. It mostly fits into classic rock but some prog certainly makes it way in there as well.
he band did a good job in the production area. They used good gear and the results are impressive. That being said when the band really rocks some of things that a professional studio can do get lost. The stereo image can become a little narrow. In this case I think the album may have benefited by being passed to a top notch mastering engineer.
Up first song is “Forest of Song” which is almost a ten-minute song. Get used it because all the songs are long with a couple of others are also around the ten-minute mark. The song bursts open with a riff that sounds like it came from a Led Zeppelin back catalog. They switch it up rather quickly and keep a couple of good grooves coming. The band eventually launches into a breakdown section that is somewhere between the song “Moby Dick” and Pink Floyd. They eventually find their way into another ’70s inspired riff.
The band pulls back the reins with “Always Home.” It's more atmospheric in general and the first couple of minutes is carried by an acoustic guitar and vocals. “False Prophet” is a fairly straightforward rocker. The title track could certainly be considered the centerpiece. It's dynamic and contains a couple of epic guitar solos and continuous crescendos.
The song “Meaning” arguably has a tint of ’90s alternative while“Ophra” contains a drum solo part that you would never hear on FM radio these days. It's felt like a homage to John Bonham. They end with “Pomegranate” and “Witness” which are both solid tunes.
There is no denying that Raibard is ambitious. The influences from ’70s rock is undeniable and builds upon the aesthetics of a number of great dinosaur bands. Overall, I can’t say this band is reinventing the wheel but the songsare well crafted and enjoyable. At the very least if you are hankering for more ’70s inspired rock this should satiate your appetite.