Nad Sylvan - The Bride Said No album review
More matrimonial machinations from the Swedish Vampirate
Never give up on your dreams… even slightly flamboyant and bizarre ones involving vampires. Coming to prominence with fellow Scandinavian proggers Agents Of Mercy, it wasn’t until Nad Sylvan, already a Steve Hackett touring veteran, was writing for his last album in 2015 that he gave up his day job… at the age of 56. This follow-up to 2015’s Courting The Widow draws on varied musical threads, while deliberately eschewing some of the retro prog vibe of that release. Existing fans are unlikely to be disappointed though – Sylvan’s classic textures and keyboard sounds proliferate, and we’re still occasionally transported to the late 70s with Wind & Wuthering playing somewhere in the background – but this is a more contemporary sounding and immediate collection.