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CD review SPOCK'S BEARD "Noise Floor"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Spock's Beard, News, Hardrock, Rock, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Noise Floor, CD Review, InsideOut

CD review SPOCK'S BEARD "Noise Floor"
(8/10) Spock’s Beard was founded in 1992 by the Morse brothers, Neal and Alan. It was in 202 when Neal Morse left the band, focusing on some other projects he had in the pipeline. The 2003 release “Feel Euphoria” was the first one with Nick D’Virgilio on vocals and the question at that time was, if Spock’s Beard could continue with the winning streak the band had during the first era. The answer is: ‘yes’. Spock’s Beard never unveiled any bad album and the prog outfit was always a sight for sore eyes on bigger festivals like Sweden Rock and Prog Festival at Lorely, Germany.  However, the records from the first era had a wider commercial reach with a same level of quality included.
 
Spock’s beard records are a treat for ears and mind with the new album not starting a different pattern.
 
“Noise Floor” is the title of the next Spock’s Beard record, an album that comes as a double CD. While disc number one is about “Noise Floor” it’s the “Cutting Room Floor” that adds another four tunes to the total on disc 2. 
 
The band doesn’t change direction when it comes to the 13thstudio album. It is more that the quintet developed their sound and trademarks step by step without deciding for dramatic changes. One thing though is very different compared with the predecessor. Earlier mentioned founding member Nick D’Virgilio, who left the band in 2011, is back and next to the regular line-up Spock’s Beard stretched their sound by adding violins, a cello player and an English horn to the mix, giving their songs a wider frame and some nice twists.
 
To zoom in on some songs only is not what should be done with "Noise Floor". It's the entirety rather than a specific tune that creates enthusiasm.
 
However, to describe a bit of what can be expected of this Spock's Beard release, I will use "What Becomes of Me' as an example. The ticking of a clock introduces the tune, followed by some soulful guitar melodies. Sometimes I had to think about Deep Purple while there were other moments that reminded me of Pink Floyd. As with the earlier releases also this time songs are used for transporting feelings and the fact that we have skilled musicians at work widens the spectrum and adds possibilities to do so. Adam Morse and band mates always put the focus on songs and songwriting, in which all musicians are included. Spock's Beard was never a band that put the spotlight on individual skills and experience. It is the passion for music, the willpower to write excellent songs and the emotional depth that creates a base for this album as well as for the earlier releases.
 
‘13’ might be a sort of unlucky number for some, but definitely not for Spock’s Beard. Their 13thlongplayer showcases again the high level of musical skills when it comes to each of the band members and the band itself. It also feels like the return of D’Virgilio added some extra enthusiasm to the band, which makes “Noise Floor” to an exciting progressive rock album fully in line with earlier releases. If you’re a Spock’s Beard fan, the new album will be another highlight in your prog rock collection and folks that are passionate about well-crafted and approachable progressive rock music will like this album.
 

(8/10)
 
 
Tracklist:
 

Disc 1 - Noise Floor

  1. To Breathe Another Day

  2. What Becomes Out of Me

  3. Sombody's Home

  4. Have We All Gone Crazy Yet

  5. So This is Life

  6. Box of Spiders

  7. Beginnings

Disc 2 - Cutting Room Floor

  1. Days We'll Remember

  2. Bulletproof

  3. Vault

  4. Armageddon Nervous


 
Label: InsideOut Music

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release Date EU: May 25th, 2018
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DEVIN TOWNSEND announces ERAS Part 1 vinyl collection

Veröffentlicht am 19. April 2018 von Markus W. in Devin Townsend, News, Prog Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Prog Rock, InsideOut

DEVIN TOWNSEND announces ERAS Part 1 vinyl collection
Devin Townsend has announced a series of high quality, lavish vinyl collections under the name of ‘ERAS’. The first in this series is released 08th June 2018 and features the quadrilogy of albums that came out during the period of 2009-2011 when the Devin Townsend Project was first created. 
The boxset comes with 7LP’s and includes the albums KI, Addicted, Deconstruction and Ghost, marking the first time that the latter two have ever been available on vinyl, while the former have been long out of print. All albums come in gatefold sleeves on 180g vinyl, and have been specially remastered for the format to guarantee the best possible sound and listening experience. The sturdy 2-piece box also includes an LP-booklet that features complete lyrics, liner notes and comments from Devin, and is limited to 2000 copies worldwide. There will be a total of 4 boxsets released over the course of the next few months.
 
Devin comments: “The Devin Townsend Project, although it went further than I had originally planned, began life as these four albums. Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction and Ghost. The music evolved in line with a period of intense personal growth, and the albums in chronological order were meant to illustrate that change. The amount of people involved with this was extensive, and the journey was one that defined my career in ways I cannot over express. These four albums are really what the Devin Townsend Project was about.
I have been asked repeatedly over the last few years to provide these albums on vinyl, in one set. So we took this opportunity to put together 'ERAS', which is the definitive vinyl box-set encapsulating this period of my life and work that I am exceptionally proud of. As always, this wouldn't have come to fruition without the support of the tremendous audience who has allowed it to flourish, so respect to both yourselves, the people involved, and the music itself, we present to you; 'ERAS'. Thank you for allowing me to continue to do what I do. Devin Townsend”
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FATES WARNING announces live album

Veröffentlicht am 19. April 2018 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, News, Live, InsideOut, Prog Metal, Power Metal, US Metal

FATES WARNING announces live album

Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING are proud to announce the upcoming release of their new live album “Live Over Europe” on June 29th, 2018 via InsideOutMusic.

Gathered during the group’s most recent European headlining run for FATES WARNING’s much acclaimed latest studio album “Theories Of Flight” in January 2018, “Live Over Europe” includes recordings from 8 different cities (Aschaffenburg / Germany, Belgrade / Serbia, Thessaloniki and Athens / Greece, Rome and Milan / Italy, Budapest / Hungary as well as Ljubljana / Slovenia) and a total of 23 songs in over 138 minutes of playing time, spanning 30 years of the group’s seminal career.

“Live Over Europe” was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator, Symphony X) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden and will be available as limited 2CD Mediabook, Gatefold 3LP + Bonus-2CD or as Digital Album.

Here is the complete track-listing for the release:

FATES WARNING – “Live Over Europe“

CD 1:

1. From the Rooftops

2. Life in Still Water

3. One

4. Pale Fire

5. Seven Stars

6. SOS

7. Pieces of Me

8. Firefly

9. The Light and Shade of Things

10. Wish

11. Another Perfect Day

12. Silent Cries

13. And Yet it Moves

CD 2:

1. Still Remains

2. Nothing Left to Say

3. Acquiescence

4. The Eleventh Hour

5. Point of View

6. Falling

7. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Pt. IX

8. Through Different Eyes

9. Monument

10. Eye to Eye

 

FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment about “Live In Europe“:

“We would like to thank each and every one of our fans that helped us make "Live Over Europe. We had a great time making this album and we hope that you enjoyed the shows as much as we did playing them!“

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HAKEN will release their 1st live album in June

Veröffentlicht am 16. April 2018 von Markus W. in Haken, L-1ve, News, Rock, Prog Rock, Live, InsideOut

HAKEN will release their 1st live album in June

HAKEN are extremely pleased to announce the release of their first ever live album, titled ‘L-1VE’ and scheduled for release on the 22nd June 2018. Following the release of the bands much-acclaimed fourth studio album ‘Affinity’, they embarked upon their 10th anniversary tour across Europe & North America. Recorded and filmed on the 13th April 2017, at the legendary Melkweg venue on the Amsterdam stop of that tour, this represents the band’s first ever live document with tracks from across the bands discography.

“The release of official live material is a project that is long overdue and we know our existing fans have been crying out for this for some time now. Whilst we have filmed and recorded many shows in the past we have always felt there were elements of our shows that could be improved 'visually' before we documented and immortalised this for the world to see and that the timing for a live release never felt right for us. This is just our nature as creative people to be so extremely self-critical and constantly strive for perfection. It is largely due to the will of the people that the idea of this project became a reality. Both the band and the label were inundated with emails requesting a live release in some shape or form, and it was actually rather flattering, so giving the people what they wanted just felt like the right thing to do.”

‘L-1VE’ will be released as a 2CD/2DVD Digipak package & as digital download. The DVD will include 4 bonus tracks filmed at ProgPower USA 2016 that also includes Mike Portnoy’s cameo appearance on gong, as well as all of the official videos from the ‘Affinity’ album. The main show and the bonus material on the DVD are also mixed in 5.1 surround sound.

 

Tracklist:

  1. affinity.exe/Initiate
  2. In Memoriam
  3. 1985
  4. Red Giant
  5. Aquamedley
  6. As Death Embraces
  7. Atlas Stone
  8. Cockroach King
  9. The Architect
  10. The Endless Knot
  11. Visions

 

DVD Bonus Material

  1. Falling Back to Earth
  2. Earthrise
  3. Pareidolia
  4. Crystallised
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CD review KINO "Radio Voltaire"

Veröffentlicht am 18. März 2018 von Markus W. in Kino, News, Rock, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, InsideOut, CD Review

CD review KINO "Radio Voltaire"

(9/10) In German language there‘s a term called ‚Kopfkino‘ which means something like ‚inner cinema‘ if translated to English. Now, I don‘t know the exact background of Kino‘s name but what I do know after having given "Radio Voltaire" some loops is that the four guys create a kind of 'Kopfkino‘ with their sounds and songs.

You might not have heard of Kino before even though the debut was published in 2005. "Picture" is the title of Kino's first album from 13 years ago, followed by "Radio Voltaire" in 2018.

Kino is the mainly the brainchild of John Mitchell, also known from Lonely Robot. The singer and guitarist had the intention to start working on a new Lonely Robot album which was from a timing perspective not optimal and it was the label that came up with the idea of the sophomore Kino album. Mitchell got excited by the idea and reached out to the other main member of Kino, Pete Trewavas from Marillion. The guys met and it didn't take a long time of convincing.

With these two founding members being on board, things started to move rather quickly, leading to eleven songs that ended up on the highly acclaimed second Kino longplayer.

Kino creates on „Radio Voltaire“ a universe of sounds of which each note is an individual star and it‘s the totality of all stars that makes this album shine. Each of the songs is well-crafted and thought through from beginning to end. What sounds like a very rational approach reflects just one part of the story. John Mitchell and Pete Trewavas add a solid portion of emotions to their songs too which balances mind and soul.

„Radio Voltaire“ contains songs that are built on more than just one layer. These tunes reflect the musical expertise of the two drivers of Kino and shows that progressive rock music doesn‘t need to be overly intellectual neither it‘s a stage to solely present musical savvy. The music on „Radio Voltaire“ is entertaining as well as it demands attention of the listener. It‘s not musical fast-food you get served. It‘s a tasty experience that comes with a high entertainment factor. Good stuff for ears and mind.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Radio Voltaire
  2. The Dead Club
  3. Idlewild
  4. I Don't Know Why
  5. I Won't Break So Easily Any More
  6. Temple Tudor
  7. Out of Time
  8. Warmth of the Sun
  9. Grey Shapes on Concrete Fields
  10. Keep the Faith
  11. The Silent Fighter Pilot

 

Label: InsideOut

Genre: Progressive Rock/Metal

Release Date EU: March 23rd, 2018

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CD review LONG DISTANCE CALLING "Boundless"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Long Distance Calling, Boundless, News, CD Review, InsideOut, Post-Rock, Rock, Instrumental, Alternative Rock

CD review LONG DISTANCE CALLING "Boundless"

(9/10) And here comes the next band from Muenster, Germany, releasing a new album. This time it’s post-rock passionistas Long Distance Calling that unveils a new pearl.

The quartet, comprising of Jan Hoffmann (b), Dave Jordan (g), Florian Füntmann (g) and Janosch Rathmer (d), founded the band back in 2006 with a debut, entitled “Satellite Bay” being released in 2007.

Over time Long Distance Calling added five more records to their impressive discography with the newest strike being ready to be published. “Boundless” is the title of the seventh studio album, featuring eight formidable songs, celebrating the beauty of instrumental music. Long Distance Calling proves that good music doesn’t need words. Music is art and art is created, at least to a certain extent, based on emotions and it's these emotions and feel, that's transferred with each of the eight tracks on “Boundless”.

As with the predecessors also the new album contains music that is timeless, impressive, intense and to the point. In contrary to “Trips”, the new album is a pure instrumental adventure, which starts heavy. “Out There” comes with an extremely powerful riffing. To break the pattern of sound there’s a sphereful middle part embedded before the tune builds up again towards the end. Due to that, the song represents the album in a great fashion and stands strong as an opener.

Calmer tones are captured on the album too. “In the Clouds” is such a song. In general it’s an atmospheric track that includes a lot of passion and dedication. There are some noisy outbursts too, but it’s the ease that dominates.

With “Like a River” the band added a light-hearted tune to the album that includes a violin, before “The Far Side” starts roaring. Long Distance Calling found their own sound that can be immediately identified as being from the Muenster-based quartet. The pleasure that comes with “Boundless” is the variety of sounds and the unexpected twists that surprises. It takes a lot to keep the listener’s attention with a solely instrumental album. Long Distance Calling took this challenge already some years ago and “Boundless” shows again how easily they can handle it.

Next to the songs it’s amazing how tight the guys play on the album. The quartet performs as a rock solid unit, something you can experience on “Boundless” but also during their live shows.

“Skydivers” marks already the end of “Boundless” and is the Grand Finale of an almost 50 minutes long sound experience. There is no way to get around this album, at least not for fans of progressive post-rock that combines musical savvy, creativity and emotional depth to a terrific total. Don’t miss this longplayer.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Out There
  2. Ascending
  3. In The Clouds
  4. Like A River
  5. The Far Side
  6. On The Verge
  7. Weightless
  8. Skydivers

 

Label: InsideOut

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: February 2nd, 2018

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FATES WARNING announces European tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 13. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, Tour, Live, Prog Metal, Power Metal, US Metal, Heavy Metal, News, InsideOut

FATES WARNING announces European tour dates

Prog metal pioneers Fates Warning announced some tour dates for Europe.

All of the upcoming European shows will be recorded for a live release to be mixed by Jens Bogren, who last worked with FATES WARNING on their “Theories Of Flight” studio album. The band commented the live release plans as follows:

“It's been 20 years since we released our only live album, “Still Life”. It's time for an update! In January we'll be recording a series of shows in some of our favorite European cities. The best of these will be included in a live album to be released in 2018. While we haven't decided on the final set list yet we're planning on about a 2 hour set with as little overlap as possible with the “Still Life” album. Hope to see you all there!” – Jim Matheos / FATES WARNING

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CD review SONS OF APOLLO “Psychotic Symphony”

Veröffentlicht am 11. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Sons Of Apollo, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, InsideOut, CD Review, Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto, Ron Bumblefoot Thal

CD review SONS OF APOLLO “Psychotic Symphony”

(10/10) It did escape my notice that Apollo, the ancient God of poem and music, has some sons. The first time I heard of the news was a couple of months ago when a band came up to surface, calling themselves Sons Of Apollo. So, who are these guys?

I’m hesitant, using the term ‘super group’ since it’s used in such an excessive way that already the combination of some musicians, being known from other bands, become a ‘super group’ these days. This is different with Sons Of Apollo, a band that definitely lives up to the deepest meaning of the word.

Sons Of Apollo is no less than Mike Portnoy (d), Derek Sherinian (key), Billy Sheehan (b), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (g) and Jeff Scott Soto (v), representing the who is who of hard rock music on Champions League level.

Things began in the early 2017 when some first rumors mentioned this upcoming project, an endeavor that was announced to public in August this year. It was the two ex-Dream Theater veterans Portnoy and Sherinian that kick started Sons Of Apollo, and in no time partners in crime have been found with Sheehan, Soto and Thal. This quintet worked on the band’s debut “Psychotic Symphony", an album that will hit the shelves on October 20st and comes via InsideOut.

The beauty of this album is that it sounds intuitive, organic and warm. Each of the songs, giving a 58 minutes running time, is pure ear candy. Even though the tracks have many layers and are sometimes more complex, it’s an ease that acts as an overall foundation, making the album to a great listening experience, rather than a complicated musical journey. “Psychotic Symphony” puts the songs into forefront instead of musical egos or endless solo sections. Each of the five involved guys has a long track record in rock and metal history and they don’t need to prove anything to anybody. That gives the album the mentioned lightness, with everybody involved adding the best of his field of expertise without losing the bigger picture.

The opener is actually a good example for the mentioned. Sons Of Apollo kick-off the album with an eleven minutes epos entitled “God of the Sun”. This masterpiece mirrors in a good fashion what listeners can expect of the entire album. Starting with soundscapes, built in Sherinian’s keyboards, the songs develops to a rhythmic rocker that includes heavier sections, filigree riffs and Jeff Scott Soto’s voice as the cherry on the cake. All fits together in a perfect manner, making this opener to a first highlight on the album, with eight additional masterpieces following this great start.

Things get heavier with the grooving “Coming Home” before the bands favor for classic rock gets into the picture with "Signs of the Time”. The tune reminded me of the earlier Dream Theater as well as it includes a Deep Purple vibe in other sections. This pattern comes back with songs like the excellent “Divine Addition” that refreshes the 80’s Deep Purple sound, mainly due to the guitar lines and the organ/keys. Talking about the keyboards means also mentioning the short interlude “Figaro’s Whore”, bringing Rainbow and Purple to my mind.

I could continue with mentioning each of the songs, but it’s a waste of time. I guess you got already a pretty good idea about what this excellent longplayer is about. Now you should stop reading and start listening. “Psychotic Symphony” is a masterpiece that finishes with another eleven minutes smasher. “Opus Maximus” is what the title promises – a great piece of music, this time an instrumental. Normally I’m not the biggest fan of instrumental music, but here it’s different. Again, it’s not only stringing together solos, it’s about awesome instrumental sections that create unforgettable arcs of melodies with a lot of twists and turns. “Psychotic Symphony” belongs to the best records 2017 has seen so far and I guess Apollo would be very proud of his ‘sons’.

 

(10/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. God of the Sun
  2. Coming Home
  3. Signs of the Time
  4. Labyrinth
  5. Alive
  6. Lost In Oblivion
  7. Figaro's Whore
  8. Divine Addiction
  9. Opus Maximus

 

Label InsideOut Records

Genre: Progressive Rock/Metal

Release Date EU: October 20th, 2017

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Here's the new video from SONS OF APOLLO

Veröffentlicht am 15. September 2017 von Markus W. in Sons Of Apollo, News, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Rock, Hardrock, Video, Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy, Derel Sherinian, Bubblefoot, Jeff Scott Soto, InsideOut

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CD review THE TANGENT "The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in The Tangent, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Rock, News, CD Review, InsideOut

CD review THE TANGENT "The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery"

(8/10) Fans of prog rocker The Tangent had to wait for three years before they can welcome a new longplayer of their favorite band. The quintet consists of bandleader Andy Tillison and also Jonas Reingold, Luke Machin and Theo Travis are again part of the game. Next to these consistent factors there are also some news that I can report. It’s for the first time that Andy Tillison also plays drums on a The Tangent album, plus the band welcomed a new member. Singer Marie-Eve de Gaultier is doing some of the vocal parts and also takes care about the magic keyboard sounds.

 

These guys all together manufactured a new longplayer that features five songs of epical length of which the opener is the most spot-on one – with more than six minutes running time. The other four tunes are multi-layered compositions, taking the listener to a land of harmonies, melodies and terrific arrangements. The Tangent uses a wide spread of styles, sounds and ideas, bringing them all together in these five anthems in prog. Rock meets jazz meets complexity meet musical filigree meets catchiness – that’s how I would describe the songs.

 

And The Tangent is more than just great music. This would be already more than enough, but Tillison understands the music also as a carrier of a message. The Tangent lyrics are more than only a necessary must. These five tunes address the terrible situation of refugees and the way how the Western world deals with this situation.

 

I mentioned a few new facts around “The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery” and here comes another one. The band changed producers with Luke Machin being at the helm this time. He gave the album a clean, distinct and voluminous sound that enables the brilliant songs to shine even brighter.

 

I can entrust this album to all fans of great soundscapes and multilayered sounds. This album is a delicious five-course menu that will be appreciated by every fans of excellent rock music.

 

 

(8/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Two Rope Swings
  2. Dr. Livingstone (I Presume)
  3. Slow Rust
  4. The Sad Story Of Lead and Astatine
  5. A Few Steps Down The Wrong Road

 

 

Label: InsideOut

 

Genre: Prog Rock

 

Release Date EU: July  21st, 2017

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CD review RIKARD SJÖBLOM'S GUNGFLY "On Her Journey to the Sun"

Veröffentlicht am 11. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Rikard Sjöblom Gungfly, Rock, Prog Rock, News, CD Review, InsideOut

CD review RIKARD SJÖBLOM'S GUNGFLY "On Her Journey to the Sun"

(7/10) Some records give you as a reviewer a hard time and “On Her Journey to the Sun” is one of them. Swedish singer and multi-instrumentalist Rikard Sjöblom released this longplayer a few days ago with his Gungfly project and after having listened to this longplayer several times I have the feeling of falling between two chairs. On the one hand there are, without any doubt, good musicians contributing to this album and Sjöblom’s vocals are just as good as we know them from bands like Beardfish. Epical long tracks like “Of the Orb”, “Polymixia” and “The River of Sadness” feature many ideas and moments of creativity that could have a ‘wow’-effect as the logical consequence. The quality level of these racks is as high as we are used to when it comes to InsideOut releases and I guess you can see it coming – there is a ‘but’.

“On Her Journey to the Sun” feels like a terrific and colorful fireworks, if, yes if, you would have matches or a lighter to unleash the beauty. While listening to the album several times I didn’t get rid of the thought that the final spark is missing, the moment when your jaw drops due to enthusiasm, a moment when your entering a state of euphoria based on big soundscapes and beautiful catchy arcs of suspense. Don’t get me wrong here, there are many moments when things get close to the described excitement but they don’t really create this break-through.

Fans of progressive rock music, being musicians themselves, probably love the album. It includes well-crafted progressive rock with a stronger vintage vibe reminding of the 70’s. However, it was, at least for me, not touching enough, but that might be different with each of you.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Of The Orb
  2. On Her Journey To The Sun
  3. He Held An Axe
  4. My Hero
  5. If You Fall (Part 1)
  6. Polymixia
  7. Over My Eyes
  8. Old Demons Die Hard
  9. Keith (The Son Of Sun)
  10. The River Of Sadness
  11. All A Dream

 

Label: InsideOut Music

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: May 19th, 2017

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CD review LONELY ROBOT "The Big Dream"

Veröffentlicht am 29. April 2017 von Markus W. in Lonely Robot, John Mitchell, News, CD Review, InsideOut, Prog Rock, Rock

(8/10) Lonely Robot’s “The Big Dream” is already the second longplayer of multi-instrumentalist John Mitchell. Most of you know Mitchell from prog rocker outfit Arena, contributing to albums like “The Visitor” and “Immortal?”.

Lonely Robot’s debut dates back to 2015. It was an album that came with high standards and excellent songs, something also the new longplayer comes up with. And as with “Please Come Home” also the second album has a general theme that accompanies the listener on this 11 songs journey. Things don’t go that far that the record could be described as a concept album, but songs are more linked to each other than just loose pieces of tune combined on one longplayer.

Mitchell tells to story of  The Astronaut that wakes up in a forest surrounded by people with animal heads. The theme is linked to the debut and according to Mitchell he sees the endeavour as a three album cyclus. So there's one more to come, but let's focus on the here and now for the moment.

The songs on “The Big Dream” are as beautiful as we know it from the first Lonely Robot record. Mitchell, together with drummer Craig Blundell, builds big soundscapes that include a lot of feel. Longer instrumental sections are well balanced with beautiful vocal lines, leading to compositions rather than songs.

One of the best tracks on the album is “Sigma” which is catchy without being mainstream. The guitars are as present in this tune as keyboards, both interacting in perfect harmony. Last but not least there’s the chorus that is catchy while not becoming trivial. Tis song is the highlight on the album and you should check it out.

The most epic moment of this longplayer comes towards the end – the title track. It’s an eight minutes prog rock highlight that combines all the Lonely Robot trademarks.

“The Big Dream” is an album that comes with more than songs only. It’s the soundtrack to a storyboard that builds the foundation for this disc. It might be that there is no ‘real hit’ on this record. This also doesn’t matter since Mitchell creates a perfect symbiosis of story and music. These songs are alive and by closing your eyes you can almost feel with the ‘Lonely Robot’. If music is about transferring emotions, which I think is a fundamental part, than Mitchell succeeded on this mission with a 100%.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Prologue (Deep Sleep)
  2. Awakenings
  3. Sigma
  4. In Floral Green
  5. Everglow
  6. False Lights
  7. Symbolic
  8. The Divine Art Of Being
  9. The Big Dream
  10. Hello World Goodbye
  11. Epilogue (Sea Beams)

 

Label: InsideOut

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review LONELY ROBOT "The Big Dream"
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TUESDAY THE SKY - the new project of FATES WARNING mastermind Jim Matheos

Veröffentlicht am 13. April 2017 von Markus W. in Tuesday The Sky, Jim Matheos, Fates Warning, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Rock, News, InsideOut

Jim Matheos, founding guitarist of legendary US progressive metallers Fates Warning, has announced the release of the debut album from his new Ambient Instrumental Rock project Tuesday The Sky. The first full-length album ‘Drift’ is set for release on June 30th, 2017, and sees Matheos expanding the boundaries of his sound ever further.
 
Drift came together in the downtime between Fates Warning finishing Theories of Flightand the beginning of the touring cycle, enabling Matheos to explore a type of atmospheric and instrumental music you might not expect of him. He comments: “With this kind of music, it’s a lot about creating a mood and letting that sink in and develop over long periods of time, as opposed to the more frenetic format of most prog music.” Taking cues from artists like Brian Eno, Boards Of Canada, Sigur Ros and Explosions In The Sky, he explores expansive textures and ambient electronica, as well as some of the most colossal riffs he has ever produced.
 
The album also features the talents of God Is An Astronaut’s drummer Lloyd Hanney, who provides a rhythmic backbone that is at once punchy, precise and restrained when necessary. Other guests include long-time OSI collaborator and former Dream Theater member Kevin Moore who plays keys on two songs as well as Anna-Lynne Williams (Trespassers William, Lotte Kestner), who provides ethereal vocals (of the non-verbal kind) on two other songs.
 
What the future of this project holds and whether it will be taken out on the road is yet to be seen. Matheos comments: “It would be a challenge to bring this project but it is an interesting idea and one I would at least consider if there seems to be enough interest.” What is sure though, is that Tuesday The Sky’s debut is a bold, brave, creative and ultimately successful album from one of rock’s most underrated of musicians.
 
The album will be released as special edition CD, black LP + CD & digital download.
Further details will be revealed soon.
 
In 2016, Jim Matheos released his 12th studio album with pioneering progressive metal band Fates Warning, titled ‘Theories of Flight’, and 2017 has seen them touring the US & Europe in support of that album.

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

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