Exposé Online banner

Holy Lamb — Salt of the Earth
(Mellow MMP 378, 1999, CD)

by Mac Beaulieu, Published 2001-07-01

Salt of the Earth Cover art

What’s a prog band from Latvia doing on Mellow singing in fluent English? Looking for an international piece of the pie, I guess, and it looks like to some degree they may get it. I sometimes get it too, but sometimes I just don’t get it. Guitarist / vocalist Aigers Cervinskis’ lyrics are full of metaphorical imagery, generally dealing with escape from earthly troubles. His voice is rich yet fragile, and rather than hide his shortcomings he exploits them, accentuating the lyrical themes in the process. Musically the band inhabits dramatic neo-progressive territory with a modern sound, with dual guitars taking the fore and keyboards (often piano) right behind them. The structures are not overly complex and melodies lean toward the approachable, though some of the instrumental lines can drag a bit. This works pretty well, especially on the shorter tracks where some grand and lovely instrumental breaks can be found, but when they attempt to stretch it to epic proportions it seems forced. This is not too much of a problem on the 12 minute “My Star Untouchable,” even if the occasional break doesn’t seem fully realized. The 16 minute “The Sea” is the problem, where much attention has been paid to the lyrics, and melody given a second thought. Using Biblical quotes as a springboard is promising enough inspirationally, but the melodies are too oblique to maintain my interest. Ultimately Holy Lamb may be the kind of band that can attract newcomers to prog if only they could be heard.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 22, 1999 releases

Related artist(s): Holy Lamb

Latest news

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Wind - Seasons – Wind were one of those early 70s German underground bands who were influenced by hard-rock bands like Deep Purple on one hand, but also have an Emersonian classically-influenced keyboard presence on...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues