Diagonal (2) ‎– Diagonal

Rise Above Records ‎– RISELP121
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Clear



Comes in a gatefold sleeve.

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300 clear
200 black

Die Hard Edition:
300 clear/black with double-sided canvas tote bag & A2 color poster

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RISELP121 Diagonal (2) Diagonal(LP, Album, Ltd) Rise Above Records RISELP121 UK 2008 Sell This Version
RISELP121 Diagonal (2) Diagonal(LP, Ltd, Die) Rise Above Records RISELP121 UK 2008 Sell This Version
RISECD121P Diagonal (2) Diagonal(CD, Album, Promo) Rise Above Records RISECD121P US 2008 Sell This Version
CDL432CD Diagonal (2) Diagonal(CD, Album) Candlelight Records USA CDL432CD US 2008 Sell This Version
RISECD121 Diagonal (2) Diagonal(CD, Album, Sli) Rise Above Records RISECD121 UK 2008 Sell This Version


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March 30, 2015
Diagonal are the first modern UK band, that I know of anyway, to truly capture the essence, atmosphere, and sound of the original progressive rock movement from 1970-1971 England. Many groups have come along and tried their hand at generating the sound of Yes, Genesis, ELP, Gentle Giant, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Renaissance, King Crimson, and Van der Graaf Generator. And while all of those groups are worthy of imitation, they only represented a fraction of the original UK movement. Of course, they were the ones that made the big time, so it's more than understandable how they attracted more admirers than others. But Diagonal has clearly absorbed the record collections of the deep divers - in particular the Neon, Dawn, Transatlantic, Vertigo, and Deram labels and their stable of bands. With Diagonal you'll hear references to bands such as Cressida, Samurai, Raw Material, T2, Beggar's Opera, Gravy Train, Spring, Clear Blue Sky, Diabolus, East of Eden, and Indian Summer. But here's the most important part to understand: They have absorbed the influence, not copy it. And so you get an entirely new album within a familiar context. And because the band has clearly studied this era in depth, not to mention incorporating the period instrumentation (mellotron, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, fuzz bass/guitar, sax), they are able to create an extract of the genre. What that means for us modern buyers is an enhanced product - perhaps even exaggerated. For my tastes, Diagonal have created the perfect retro progressive rock album. An album to be held up as an example of how to do it right. If you're a student of the genre, then let Diagonal be your teacher.


November 3, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
Are you getting mighty tired of endless Spock's Beard and Dream Theater wannabes that's been clogging up the prog scene for the last 15 years? Britain's Diagonal is the answer! In 2008 they released their self-entitled album and what an album it is! I am at a total loss to think that these guys were in their mid 20s when they recorded this. To get you an idea, Britney Spears is a little older than these guys. I am older than these guys by about 10 years. They take a totally retro approach, so much so you might mistake this for some lost '70s recording. The album was recorded at Toe Rag Studios in London, which has a notorious "vintage gear only" policy. That means no computers, digital synths, analog modeling synths, digital samplers, virtual synths, VST plugins, or M-Tron. That means all keyboards you hear are totally vintage, and same for the Mellotron, which belongs to Andy Thompson of Litmus and of the Planet Mellotron website. This seven piece from Brighton plays like they just entered a time machine in the early '70s and ended up in 2008. Just get a load of the opening cut, "Semi Permeable Men Brain". It's a mindblowingly intense and heavy piece with killer guitar work, and some great use of wind instruments and Mellotron! The vocals are in the Moody Blues style, although the vocals are not as strong as the Moodies, at the same time, they could easily improve them (well, it's November 2012 and they're coming out with a new release called The Second Mechanism, with a reduced lineup). "Child of the Thunder Cloud" starts off rather mellow, with piano, but I really love those aggressive passages that kick in. "Deathwatch" is a more mellow, Canterbury influence piece, with electric piano and mellow vocal passages. "Cannon Misfire" is an instrumental piece with lots of riffs. "Pact" has a jazzy feel, then an ambient passage that reminds me of something Vangelis would do, or perhaps Eno. What I admire of this band is late '60s psychedelic elements found in the music, something I find refreshing, particularly if you're tired of all those Spock's Beard and Dream Theater wannabes clogging up the prog scene, as mentioned before. While influenced by the likes of the Canterbury scene, as well as Pink Floyd, Van der Graaf Generator, and King Crimson, they never rip off any of those bands or even remind me directly of any particular group. This is one of those albums that's begging to be listened to on vinyl. If you're lucky to own a turntable, I very much suggest the LP. If not, the CD will do just fine. This is prog you would have thought disappeared after the 1970s. I highly recommend this album!