Jan-Simon : Corsair is four cosmopolitans who found each other in the small town of Charlottesville, Virginia. Not exactly the kind of place you would expect an Australian, a Canadian and two Americans to start a hardrock band inspired by illustrious names such as Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and King Crimson. But that is what happened five years ago when Marie Landragin and Paul Sebring, the two guitar players in the band, decided to start a band together. Today, in 2013 their first full album is released on the small Shadow Kingdom label, after having first self-released two EP's ('Alpha Centauri' in 2010 and 'Ghosts of Proxima Centauri' in 2011) and self-releasing this album almost a year ago.
Corsair's music is classic heavy metal of a kind you do not hear that often anymore, or you would have to be an avid listener to "classic rock” radio stations. Everything in Corsair breathes, smells and tastes like in a time when guitar solo's mattered, duelling guitarists weren't weird and singers actually sang instead of roaring, belting or grunting. In other words, the heyday of Thin Lizzy - and to a lesser extent - Iron Maiden. Lyrically the band seems to be looking to the ancient Greeks. Oddly the sometimes almost cheesy hardrock perfectly suits the atmosphere of the classical mythology, although it clashes a bit with the aforementioned Thin Lizzy analogy. Can you imagine Phil Lynott singing about chimaeras and gryphons, just to name a few of the subjects? After three songs of pure Lizzy-worship there is the very proggy 'Path Of The Chosen Arrow' in which the changes of time and rhythm are beyond measure. This apparent contradiction (Thin Lizzy vs. mostly instrumental progressive rock) continues for the entire album and makes 'Corsair' more than just a record by a bunch of weird Thin Lizzy aficionados. A remarkable album, in many ways. Remarkably old fashioned, remarkably inventive, remarkable well made.