The Dear Hunter – Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional
This Music Monday we’re taking a trip into the unknown with The Dear Hunter and their latest release Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional.
According to the interwebs, Act V is The Dear Hunter‘s seventh full-length studio album. It’s also supposed to be the fifth of a six-part album series. I have not heard Acts I – IV, but if they’re anything like Act V, I will be picking them up. Act V is labelled a progressive rock album, but it doesn’t play like one – at least not in the traditional sense. If you’re expecting something similar to Marillion, Dream Theater, The Mars Volta or any of the other neo-progressive bands, you may be surprised. With their instrumentation choices, this plays more like some older Jethro Tull or Yes. It also reminds me in some regards as a rock opera.
This album is all over the place stylistically and that’s a grand and glorious treat. Just when you’re expecting a rock number, they provide you with a soft folk song. Then a jazz ditty. Then orchestration and chorale. While listening, you’d probably do well to expect the unexpected. One thing I find refreshing is The Dear Hunter’s approach to the creative process. You can read more about that here.
Now for the sad part. If YouTube decides to pull the plug on this, there’s currently only one song on Spotify and Amazon only has it for purchase (which I did). Your thoughts?