- Carl Groves, guitars, keyboards, vocals
- Patrick Henry, bass, retro synth
- Kevin Thomas, drums, vibes, bells, tambourine, vocals.
- Michael Ayer. Synthesisers.
"Catatonia" is the third Salem Hill album, released not more and not less
than four years after the second work of the band. Really, this album is
much better than both first ones. Here the compositions are of much more
quality and are very much elaborated. Definitively, a much better performed
and sung album, being this one, the first really advisable album of the
"Catatonia" is a concept work, which more suitable qualification would be
American progressive rock. So, symphonic and progressive sounds but with a
delicious American taste, with influences of King's X, Ambrosia, Kansas,
etc. In general, tracks simple enough but very effective, full of precious
melodies, in an album much more romantic and calm than the previous
Overall, there stands out the 11 minutes track, "The Judgement", a delight
of soft and symphonic song, with some passages of spectacular beauty. Just
this song makes very advisable the acquisition of this album. Among the rest
also we have very good tracks, as precious and romantic "The Walking Dead ",
"Real", near to King's X, as "Habit"; the good melodies of "Facade and
Charade "; the beautiful and romantic "Without Heart"; or "Awake" who
reminds me to Barclay James Harvest. The rest also they expire, and continue
the same line, among romantic tracks and a more rocker ones in the vein of
Summarizing, a very good album that will enjoy those who not only look for
complex and virtuous progressive rock.