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"Beware of Darkness" the second studio release from the California based symphonic prog band, Spock's Beard and arguably, one of their best. A strong follow up to "The Light" from brothers Neal (keyboards/vocals) & Alan (guitars) Morse, Dave Meros (bass), Nick D'Virgillio (drums) and new addition Ryo Okumoto (keyboardist/madman). It opens with the title track, a superb cover from George Harrison's 1970 triple album "All Things Must Pass." They do it justice, simply for their unique Spocky approach. One would hardly guess it was penned by the quiet Beatle. Followed by the quirky "Thoughts" an insane psychotic battle with Gentle Giant inspired harmonies. "The Doorway" is one of the gems on this record. Classy piano, swirling synths, rockin' guitars and profoundly self depraving lyrics. "Put it in reverse, we might sound better that way," pointing out the "Beards" irrelevance in the grand scheme of things. "BoD" gives the listener a couple prog rest stops as well. "Chatauqua" is a nice, calming guitar piece, while "Waste Away" is a simpler southern RAWKer. The remaining tracks are loaded with Spock's Beard signature time changes and hooks. Overall "BoD" is an excellent starter album for those who haven't heard Spock's Beard before. It clearly personifies the sound and feel of their early work and it is undoubtedly one of the best prog albums of the 90's. Whet your appetite with this album and you'll want to hear everything these guys have to offer. And remember, like Neal says, "we love you, but we'll hate you if you leave."