Haze was formed in 1978 by brothers Chris McMahon and Paul McMahon and were one of a handful of groups in the late 70’s/early 80’s who embraced progressive rock and formed the neoprog movement in the UK. The band spent years going through several lineup changes and small gigs, until 1983 when drummer Paul Chisnell joined the band. The band would remain stable for the next five years until its demise in 1988.
The band released its albums on its own label Gabadon Records. In 1984 the band released its first full-length offering titled C’est La Vie. The band then toured, releasing several tapes, including The Ember, Cellar Replay and the live Warts n’ All. In 1987, the band released its second and last LP Stoat & Bottle and followed that up with a tour of Holland. Now Haze return with their seventh release Back To The Bones and here are the track The Summoning Dark,
Haze is from Sheffield and the line-up now is:
Chris McMahon – keyboards, bass, electric mandola & backing vocals
Paul McMahon – guitars, lead vocals & mandolin
Danny McMahon – drums, percussion, guitar & keyboards
Catrin Ashton – fiddle, flute, mandolin & backing vocals
Jess McMahon & Ruby Mansell – backing vocals on 2, 9 & 10
Sleeve artwork Victoria Burbage, sleeve layout Charlie Bramald.
Haze have a fair amount of dark folk on the new album, and the lyrics in often sardonic. On the new album the lyrics deals with much diffrent as ancient horrors and dwarfs. In addition the band focus on anti-social media hatred and hostility and ignorance, and of course, the pandemic scourge which has changed, distorted, and ended many lives around the planet.
Catrin Ashton with fiddle, flute and mandolin is important in the sonic palette. With two keys players majestic symphonic mellotron passages but always done with care without being dull. Some Hammond organ is also warmly welcomed by me, and also elements of bluesy guitar is nice and well done. Also the many often crazy tempo changes and the well function contrast as tender to soaring, acoustic to metal and gentle to raging is fascinating. The track See You On The Other Side,
A new generation is introduced on the Back To The Bone as Chris McMahon son Danny McMahon playing guitars, keys, drums- the works- and shows that he is a a very clever musician adding much fresh to the Haze sound.