(All Album Reviews by rarebird)
I think it's safe to say, Joe Shingler a.k.a. Ghosts Of Pompeii knows his chops. "Midnight Carrousel" takes off in a heavy mood. It reminds me of the work of Synergy, whose music also was very energetic, at least the stuff I know from him. It's hard to believe all this is done on keyboards.
"Saint George and the Dragon" starts experimental and sounds eerie, which is not that strange, since it's supposed to bring us in the depths of the dragons lair. The second part sounds more conventional and very heroic, with some synthetic fanfares to strengthen the mood.
"Night of the Druid Moon", starts with some synthetic strings. Later the music gets a medieval atmosphere, it sounds very quiet with organ-like sounds and flute. The second part is quiet, with some whirling interludes.
"Legend of the Loch" has a Celtic opening and after this gets real joyful and it ends again in a Celtic mood. "These clowns came to kill" has a bit of a band-feeling, but it doesn't sound as energetic as some other songs on this CD. In the middle there are some evil laughs.
"Temple of Hatshepsut" is very percussive and has an Eastern mood, provided by the imitation of some double-reed. The drums are more used as percussive effect then as a rhythm-instrument. They sound a bit unreal, I could say 'messy', but that makes it sound negative, which isn't it meant to be. There is also some marimba-like sound, providing a dancing skeleton.
The closing-song, "The Minstral, the Duke & the Highwayman" begins joyful and has some waltz-like passages. It's full of tempo and mood changes. I like this CD, though I must say I sometimes miss some vocals.