Thursday, September 23, 2010

Desparium - The Fable (2010)

Yağız Berk Okan who also plays electric guitar at the Turkish symphonic rock band "Guardinals", started Desparium as a non-commercial solo project. In September 2010 Desparium published its first 4-track concept EP "The Fable" online.

1. The Tail Eater (05:39)
2. Lullabliss Towers (7:02)
3. Parliament of the Flies (05:40)
4. Cannibal Frogs (05:45)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Anekdoten - A Time of Day (2007)

A Time Of Day is the fifth studio album by progressive rock band Anekdoten and it has been produced by the band itself. It took three years of song writing and four months of recording to make this album.

Peter Nordins - Drums, Cymbals, Percussion, Vibes
Anna Sofi Dahlberg - Mellotron, Organ, Moog, Cello, Piano, Voice
Nicklas Barker - Voice, Guitar, Mellotron, Moog, Vibes
Jan Erik Liljeström - Voice, Bass
Gunnar Bergsten - Flute

1. The Great Unknown (6:22)
2. 30 Pieces (7:13)
3. King Oblivion (5:02)
4. A Sky About to Rain (6:29)
5. Every Step I Take (3:06)
6. Stardust and Sand (4:29)
7. In for a Ride (6:47)
8. Prince of the Ocean (5:30)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Steven Wilson - Insurgentes (2009)

Insurgentes is the title of the first full-length solo album released by British musician and record producer Steven Wilson, known for being the founder and frontman in psychedelic/progressive rock band Porcupine Tree. Wilson stated the album contains "the most experimental song-based music [he has] made. - Wikipedia

Steven Wilson - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Acoustic & Electric Pianos, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Harmonium, Mellotron, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Ambient Noise, Loops
Gavin Harrison – Drums, Cymbals
Tony Levin – Bass
Mike Outram – Electric Guitar
Dirk Serries – Guitar Drones
Jordan Rudess – Piano

1. Harmony Korine (5:08)
2. Abandoner (4:48)
3. Salvaging (8:17)
4. Veneno Para Las Hadas (5:57)
5. No Twilight Within the Courts of the Sun (8:37)
6. Significant Other (4:31)
7. Only Child (4:24)
8. Twilight Coda (3:25)
9. Get All You Deserve (6:17)
10. Insurgentes (3:55)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Gods Are Ghosts - Lights (EP) (2010)

Gods are Ghosts is a four piece modern alternative rock group based in Austin, Texas.  Their sound is characterized by hauntingly delicate melodic breaks pressed tightly against walls of guitars, a rising and emotional vocal performance, and an infectious rhythmic undertow that pulls you into its depths and holds you beneath the surface of its sound. The band is influenced by groups such as The Mars Volta, Deftones, Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Nine Inch Nails. The band released its debut EP “Lights” on May 4, 2010 to overwhelming reviews.  And while the public life of the band is quite short, the origin of the band dates quite a bit further.  The band first began writing in the summer of 2009 inside a former industrial warehouse in northeast Austin.  Guitarist Donnie Miller, bassist Thomas Miller, drummer Bryan Canatella, and vocalist Morgan James Duplant began spending countless hours inside their new home carefully crafting their brand of sound, often refusing the light of day that lay beyond the now soundproofed walls.  As the months began to wane into the teeth of winter, sessions began to run longer and longer, sometimes lasting eight hours.  It became increasingly tough during this time to resist the temptation of playing live shows, as the material was ready for its debut, but they pushed further.  Delirium and sensory overload had their moments during those winter months but the band continued to work at a fever pitch, and soon they would emerge from that place they had called home for so long. In March 2010, Gods are Ghosts chose Test Tube Audio in Austin, Texas to record their debut EP.  The band teamed up with producer Kevin Butler and immediately felt at home at his studio in south Austin.  The creative environment and Kevin Butler’s intuition formed a tandem that seemed to always push the material just beyond where the band thought it would come to rest.  In the end, “Lights” reads like a photo album of the groups' journey: each section of song a photo of a feeling’s landscape and mood arranged amongst the others. 
Bryan Canatella - Drums
Donnie Miller - Guitar
Thomas Miller - Bassist
Morgan James Duplant - Vocal

1. Lights Warming Skin (4:31)
2. Sharpen What Remains (3:36)
3. A Breath to Raise You from the Dead (4:10)
4. You Refuse the Noose (4:15)
5. Bloodstream (3:32)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rx Bandits - Mandala (2009)

Mandala is the sixth full-length studio album from Rx Bandits. Released on July 21, 2009, it is the band's second album released through Sargent House, and their first as a 4-piece band. The album was released on July 21, 2009 through Sargent House.- Wikipedia

Matt Embree - Vocals, Guitar
Steve Choi - Guitar, Keyboards
Joseph Troy - Bass
Chris Tsagakis - Drums

1. My Lonesome Only Friend (4:03)
2. It's Only Another Parsec… (4:44)
3. Hope Is a Butterfly, No Net Its Captor, She Beats Her Wings and Softly Sings of Summer Scent and Children's Laughter… (Virus of Silence) (4:23)
4. Hearts That Hanker for Mistake (4:31)
5. Mientras la Veo Soñar (6:36)
6. March of the Caterpillar (4:12)
7. White Lies (4:30)
8. Bury It Down Low (3:33)
9. Breakfast Cat (5:16)
10. Bled to Be Free (The Operation) (4:37)
11. Bring Our Children Home or Everything Is Nothing (6:19)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F♯A♯∞ (1997)

F♯A♯∞ (pronounced "F-sharp, A-sharp, Infinity") is the debut album of the Canadian post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor. It was released twice, first in 1997 by Constellation Records and then again on 8 June 1998, by Kranky as an expanded edition that ran for 63:27. Stylistically, the album is devoid of traditional lyrics and mostly instrumental, featuring lengthy songs segmented into movements and wide dynamics. The album was recorded at the Hotel2Tango in the Mile End of Montreal. The recording studio is personally owned and operated by members of the band and their acquaintances, which ensured the band retained full control over the album's production. It was initially released in very limited quantities, and was mainly distributed through live performances and advertised by word of mouth. Initially, interest in the album was limited due to the small number produced and the band's lack of recognition. After the album's republication and several magazine interviews, the band became considerably better known. - Wikipedia

Aidan Girt – Drums 
Bruce Cawdron – Percussion
David Bryant – Guitar
Efrim Menuck – Electric Guitar
Mauro Pezzente – Bass Guitar
Mike Moya – Guitar
Norsola Johnson – Cello
Thea Pratt – Horn 
Thierry Amar – Bass Guitar

1. The Dead Flag Blues (16:27)
2. East Hastings (17:58)
3. Providence (29:02)

Red Sparowes - Aphrosims (2008)

Aphorisms is an EP by post-rock band Red Sparowes, released on as a digital download on July 9, 2008. It was also released a few days later on iTunes. The EP was released on 12" vinyl in November 2009 via Sargent House.- Wikipedia

Bryant Clifford Meyer – Guitar
Andy Arahood – Guitar, Bass
Greg Burns – Bass, Pedal Steel
David Clifford – Drums
Emma Ruth Rundle – Guitar

1. We Left the Apes to Rot, But Find the Fang Still Grows Within (6:37)
2. Error Has Turned Animals Into Men, and to Each the Fold Repeats (5:38)
3. "The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer (5:38)

Eloy - Floating (1974)

Floating is the third album by the German progressive rock band Eloy. It was released in 1974. Floating is one of the most underrated or forgotten album of Eloy. The music here is simply a top-notch combination of heavy metal psychedelism and space rock! Few vocals, very catchy melodies and energic guitar playing. It ressembles by moments to a fight between Deep Purple (due to Manfred Wieczorke's organ solos) and Pink Floyd, but, of course, with the german's band own style and spirit. Furthermore, Floating is very consistent, the listener never loses his attention on the music. The record opens with the title song, a true easy rider ballad to space. The tune is very powerful, vocals are trippy. This is an excellent introduction which lets you expect more... and the "more" arrives with the 15 minutes magic epic The Light from Deep Darkness. The beginning is very mysterious, in the vein of Land of No Body, then the rythm changes suddenly and gets angrier, but always in a mystical feel. Alternating peaceful and powerful passages with efficient guitar improvisations and special sound effects, the song is evolving, enchanting, stoning, and announces Eloy's future direction towards space music. The next track, Castle in the Air, is much more rock- oriented, very melancholic to become surprisingly trippy and rocky, in the spirit of Gong's You (released the same year). Mindblowing! The calm comes back with the delicate melody of Plastic Girl, before putting you in a galaxy far away with Bornemann's powerful solos. The disc finishes with Madhouse, which at first glance ressembles to a classical 70s' heavy metal tune. But this is without counting on the talent of the german space rockers, who summon planet collisions and sonic deflagrations with their instruments. An excellent spacy conclusion which will let you in the sky! - Progarchives

Frank Bornemann – Vocals, Guitar 
Manfred Wieczorke – Organ, Guitar 
Luitjen Janssen – Bass 
Fritz Randow – Drums

1. Floating (3:59)
2. The Light from Deep Darkness (14:35)
3. Castle in the Air (7:13)
4. Plastic Girl (9:07)
5. Madhouse (5:15)

Faust - Faust IV (1973)

Faust IV is a 1973 album by the pioneering German krautrock group Faust. The opener "Krautrock" is a drone-based instrumental where the drums kick in only after seven minutes, whilst later tracks such as "The Sad Skinhead" and "Jennifer" employ more conventional songwriting techniques. The medley including "Picnic on a Frozen River, deuxième tableau" is a rework of a track from the previous album Faust So Far. The closing track "It's a Bit of a Pain" combines both styles, utilising noise during its chorus. The album was recorded at the Manor Studios in England. As the sessions took too long to complete, producer Uwe Nettelbeck opted to complete the album with material that was recorded at previous sessions in Wümme, Germany. These additions include "Krautrock" (previously aired on the John Peel show) and "It's a Bit of a Pain" (previously released as a single in Germany). - Wikipedia

Werner "Zappi" Diermaier – Drums 
Hans Joachim Irmler – Organ 
Jean-Hervé Péron – Bass 
Rudolf Sosna – Guitar, Keyboards 
Gunter Wüsthoff – Synthesiser, Sax

1. Krautrock (12:00)
2. The Sad Skinhead (2:30)
3. Jennifer" – 7:00
4. Just a Second / Picnic on a Frozen River, Deuxième Tableau (3:00)
5. Giggy Smile (8:00)
6. Läuft... Heißt das es läuft oder es kommt bald... Läuft (8:00)
7. It's a Bit of a Pain (3:07)

Riverside - Out of Myself (2004)

Out of Myself is the first full length album by progressive rock/metal band Riverside released on September 21, 2004. At the time of its release, Out of Myself was hailed as the best debut album from a progressive rock band in recent memory. It was first released under the The Laser's Edge music label and has since garnered much praise amongst progressive rock fans. This album features some of the quieter moments in the Riverside discography on songs such as I Believe and In Two Minds as well as some of the most interesting soundscapes they have done which are present in songs like The Same River and The Curtain Falls. As well as being the first full length album by the group it is also the first album in the Reality Dream Trilogy which includes Out of Myself, Second Life Syndrome and Rapid Eye Movement. - Wikipedia

Mariusz Duda - Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Piotr Grudziński - Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Jacek Melnicki - Keyboards
Piotr Kozieradzki - Drums, Percussion

1. The Same River (12:01)
2. Out of Myself (3:42)
3. I Believe (4:14)
4. Reality Dream (6:15)
5. Loose Heart (4:50)
6. Reality Dream II (4:45)
7. In Two Minds (4:38)
8. The Curtain Falls (7:59)
9. OK (4:46)

Magma - Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh (1973)

Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh (MDK) is an album released by French progressive rock band Magma in 1973. MDK is Magma's most famous and stylistically acclaimed record; and although it has not become a commercial success, the band continues to present this 'classic' or 'symphonic rock' material to audiences. As with most of composer Christian Vander's apocalyptic music, Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh is sung completely in his synthetic language Kobaïan (which reads and feels much like a glottal-stop-free Germanic language). MDK is story of the prophet 'Nebehr Güdahtt' who delivers to the people of the Earth this insight: If they want to be saved from themselves, they must morally cleanse themselves to worship of the Kobaïan supreme being, 'Kreuhn Kohrmahn', by learning sacred "Zeuhl Wortz" music (already wildly popular on Kobaïa, of course). In response to this blatant cultural imperialism the people of the Earth initially march against Güdahtt, but slowly like any true believer Güdahtt attracts enough of a base of adherents to survive, to sing the Kobaian music. - Wikipedia

Christian Vander – Drums, Vocals, Organ, Percussion
Jannick Top – Bass
Klaus Blasquiz – Vocals, Percussion
Jean-Luc Manderlier – Piano, Organ
Benoit Widemann – Keyboards
René Garber – Bass Clarinet, Vocals
Claude Olmos – Guitar
Stella Vander – Vocals
Muriel Streisfield – Vocals
Evelyne Razymovski – Vocals
Michele Saulnier – Vocals
Doris Reinhardt – Vocals
Teddy Lasry – Brass, Flute 

1. Hortz Fur Dehn Stekëhn West (9:36)
2. Ïma Süri Dondaï (4:30)
3. Kobaïa Is de Hündïn (3:34)
4. Da Zeuhl Wortz Mekanïk (7:48)
5. Nebëhr Gudahtt (6:02)
6. Mekanïk Kommandöh (4:10)
7. Kreühn Köhrmahn Iss de Hündïn (3:13)

Asia - Aura (2001)

Aura is an album by the progressive rock band Asia, recorded in 2000 and first released in 2001. Roger Dean created the cover art for this album. - Wikipedia

John Payne – Lead Vocals, Bass & Guitar 
Geoff Downes - Keyboard 
Steve Howe – Guitars
Elliott Randall – Guitar
Pat Thrall – Guitars
Ian Crichton – Guitars
Guthrie Govan – Guitars
Tony Levin – Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta – Drums
Simon Phillips – Drums
Chris Slade – Drums
Michael Sturgis – Drums

1. Awake (6:00)
2. Wherever You Are (4:48)
3. Ready to Go Home (4:50)
4. The Last Time (4:56)
5. Forgive Me (5:26)
6. Kings of the Day (6:51)
7. On the Coldest Day in Hell (6:25)
8. Free (8:07)
9. You're the Stranger (6:05)
10. The Longest Night (5:28)
11. Aura (4:14)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tool - Lateralus (2001)

Lateralus is the third studio album by American progressive metal band Tool. The album was released on May 15, 2001, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. As with Ænima and Undertow, the album is replete with time signature changes. Drummer Danny Carey sampled himself breathing through a tube to simulate the chanting of Buddhist monks for "Parabol", and banged piano strings for samples on "Reflection". "Faaip de Oiad" is Enochian for The Voice of God. "Disposition", "Reflection", and "Triad" form a sequence that has been performed in succession live with occasional help from various tourmates such as Mike Patton, Buzz Osborne, Tricky, and members of Isis, Meshuggah, and King Crimson. The title track, "Lateralus", incorporates the Fibonacci sequence. "Eon Blue Apocalypse" is about Adam Jones' Great Dane named Eon, who had died from bone cancer, while "The Grudge" references the classic novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The track "Mantra" is the slowed-down sound of Maynard James Keenan gently squeezing one of his cats. - Wikipedia

Maynard James Keenan - Vocals 
Adam Jones - Guitar, Art Direction 
Justin Chancellor - Bass 
Danny Carey - Drums

1. The Grudge (8:36)
2. Eon Blue Apocalypse (1:04)
3. The Patient (7:13)
4. Mantra (1:12)
5. Schism  86:47)
6. Parabol (3:04)
7. Parabola (6:03)
8. Ticks & Leeches 8:10)
9. Lateralus (9:22)
10. Disposition (4:46)
11. Reflection (11:07
12. Triad (8:46)
13. Faaip de Oiad (2:39)

Porcupine Tree - Signify (1996)

Signify is the fourth studio album by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, first released in September, 1996. It was the first album that frontman Steven Wilson recorded with a full group of musicians on board from the beginning. Previously he had been recording albums primarily as a one-man band with help gradually from other musicians. A number of the songs (albeit in demo form) were debuted live on the The Sky Moves Sideways tour before being recorded. The song "Every Home is Wired" has been covered by Polish electronic group Cabaret and included in their single Electric Chair Song. The full quote from the background words of "Idiot Prayer" can be heard on the song Trippin' by SRM. - Wikipedia
Steven Wilson - Guitars, Piano, Mellotron, Banshee Guitar,Vocals
Richard Barbieri - Synthesisers, Hammond Organ
Colin Edwin - Electric Bass, Double Bass 
Chris Maitland - Drums, Percussion, Keyboard

1. Bornlivedie (1:41)
2. Signify (3:26)
3. The Sleep of No Dreaming (5:24)
4. Pagan (1:34)
5. Waiting Phase One (4:24)
6. Waiting Phase Two (6:15)
7. Sever (5:30)
8. Idiot Prayer (7:37)
9. Every Home Is Wired (5:08)
10. Intermediate Jesus (7:29)
11. Light Mass Prayers (4:28)
12. Dark Matter (8:57)

Blackfield - Blackfield II (2007)

Blackfield II is the second studio album by Blackfield. It was recorded in both Tel Aviv and London, and was released on February 13, 2007 in Europe and March 6, 2007 in the US. We Put Out Records launched a media site relating to the US release of this record. "End of the World" is a cover of an older song in Hebrew, performed by Geffen and Berry Sakharof. Hebrew versions of "1,000 People" and "Epidemic" were included in Geffen's album from 2006, "With the Time". A demo version of "Where Is My Love?" was released on the bonus disc of the limited edition of Blackfield's first album. "Christenings" was originally written for Porcupine Tree's 2005 album Deadwing but was never released. Richard Barbieri and Gavin Harrison are both featured on this track. - Wikipedia

Steven Wilson - Vocals, Lead Guitar
Aviv Geffen - Vocals, Guitars, Rhythm Guitar, Additional Keyboards 
Daniel Salomon - Backing Vocals, Piano, Keyboards 
Seffy Efrat - Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar 
Tomer Zidkyahu - Drums, Percussion

1. Once (4:00)
2. 1,000 People (3:53)
3. Miss U (4:06)
4. Christenings (4:35)
5. This Killer (4:05)
6. Epidemic (4:55)
7. My Gift of Silence (4:01)
8. Some Day (4:18)
9. Where Is My Love? (2:55)
10. End of the World (5:15)

Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun (1999)

Ágætis byrjun is the second album by the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, which was released in 1999. Ágætis byrjun was recorded between the summer of 1998 to the spring of 1999 with producer Ken Thomas, and became Sigur Rós's breakthrough album, both critically and commercially. Ágætis byrjun represented a substantial departure from the band's previous album Von, with that album's Cocteau Twins-esque dream popambient soundscapes replaced by Jónsi Birgisson's now signature cello-bowed guitarwork and lush orchestration (using a double string octet amongst other orchestral elements). The album's title came from a friend hearing the first song they had written for the album; what would become the title track. After hearing the song, he said it was "a good beginning"; the name stuck. The name has also been translated as "An alright start." - Wikipedia 
Jón Þór Birgisson – Vocals, Guitar 
Kjartan Sveinsson – Keyboard 
Georg Hólm – Bass
Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson – Drums

1. Intro (1:36)
2. Svefn-g-englar [Sleepwalkers] (10:04)
3. Starálfur [Staring Elf] (6:46)
4. Flugufrelsarinn [The Fly's Saviour] (7:48)
5. Ný batterí [New Batteries] (8:06)
6. Hjartað hamast (bamm bamm bamm) [The Heart Pounds (Boom Boom Boom)] (7:08)
7. Viðrar vel til loftárása [Good Weather for an Airstrike] (10:13)
8. Olsen Olsen (8:03)
9. Ágætis byrjun [A Good Beginning] (7:39)
10. Avalon (4:01)

Dredg - The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion (2009)

The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion is the fourth studio album by American art rock band Dredg, released on June 9, 2009, on Ohlone Recordings. Bassist Drew Roulette describes the album as "a rock and roll record, filled with experimental journeys and eccentric jousts, and states that the album is inspired by a Salman RushdieImagine There Is No Heaven: A Letter to the Six Billionth Citizen.  The liner notes dedicate the album to Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who was left in a coma resulting from a catastrophic car accident while the band was working on the album. - Wikipedia

Gavin Hayes - Vocals, Slide Guitar, Guitar
Drew Roulette - Bass, Synthesizer
Mark Engles - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Dino Campanella - Drums, Piano, Organ

1. Pariah (4:07)
2. Drunk Slide (1:27)
3. Ireland (3:41)
4. Stamp of Origin: Pessimistic (0:50)
5. Light Switch (3:30)
6. Gathering Pebbles (4:59)
7. Information (5:45)
8. Stamp of Origin: Ocean Meets Bay (0:30)
9. Saviour (3:56)
10. R U O K? (2:12)
11. I Don't Know (3:45)
12. Mourning This Morning (5:41) 
13. Stamp of Origin: Take a Look Around (0:58)
14. Long Days and Vague Clues (1:52)
15. Cartoon Showroom (4:18)
16. Quotes (6:04)
17. Down to the Cellar (3:41)
18. Stamp of Origin: Horizon (2:20)

The Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno - Starless and Bible Black Sabbath (2006)

Starless And Bible Black Sabbath is an album and song by the Japanese group The Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno. The albums title refers to the album Starless and Bible Black by King Crimson and a self-titled album by Black Sabbath, the album cover also is very similar to the Black Sabbath album, except featuring group member Kawabata Makoto instead of a woman on the album cover. The song "Starless and Bible Black Sabbath" begins in a similar fashion to Black Sabbath’s eponymous opening track on their debut album, but less dramatic. The song grows slowly until a third of the way through the track vocals. The vocals have a large echo effect and there are two drummers playing virtually the same drum beat during a lot of the track, but with slightly different timing. The second song, "Woman from a Hell" is a much faster and shorter track. As the song closes there is a Godzilla roar. - Wikipedia
Okano Futoshi - Drums, Consultant
Higashi Hiroshi - Synthesizer
Shimura Koji - Drums 
Kawabata Makoto - Guitar, Producer, Engineer, Sound Technician 
Tabata Mitsuru - Bass, Vocals

1. Starless and Bible Black Sabbath (34:29)
2. Woman from a Hell (6:14)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Porcupine Tree - The Incident (2009)

The Incident is the tenth studio album by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree. It was released on September 14, 2009 by Roadrunner Records. The concept of The Incident emerged as Wilson became caught in a motorway traffic jam whilst driving past a road accident: “There was a sign saying ‘POLICE – INCIDENT’ and everyone was slowing down to rubberneck to see what had happened... Afterwards, it struck me that ‘incident’ is a very detached word for something so destructive and traumatic for the people involved. And then I had the sensation that the spirit of someone that had died in the accident entered into my car and was sitting next to me. The irony of such a cold expression for such seismic events appealed to me, and I began to pick out other ‘incidents’ reported in the media and news, I wrote about the evacuation of teenage girls from a religious cult in Texas, a family terrorizing its neighbours, a body found floating in a river by some people on a fishing trip, and more. Each song is written in the first person and tries to humanize the detached media reportage.” - Wikipedia
Steven Wilson - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards 
Richard Barbieri - Synthesizers, Keyboards 
Colin Edwin - Bass Guitar, Double Bass 
Gavin Harrison - Drums, Percussion

1. The Incident (55.15 )
2. Flicker (3.42)
3. Bonnie the Cat (5.45)
4. Black Dahlia (3.40)
5. Remember Me Lover (7.28)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Pure Reason Revolution - The Dark Third (2006)

The Dark Third is the first full-length album by Pure Reason Revolution. It was produced by Paul Northfield (Rush, Porcupine Tree, Gentle Giant, Hole) and recorded at Fairhazel Studio's and later RAK studios. The title refers to the "Dark Third", the third of a person's life spent asleep and dreaming, with the song on disc 2 "In Aurelia" being based lyrically and thematically around the book Aurelia by Gérard de Nerval. - Wikipedia

Jon Courtney - Vocals, Guitar, Programming Bass and keyboards
Chloe Alper - Vocals & Bass
Andrew Courtney - Drums & Percussion
James Dobson - Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Programming & Violin
Gregory Jong - Vocals, Guitar & Keyboards
Jamie Willcox - Vocals, Guitar

1. Aeropause (5:44)
2. Goshen's Remains (5:23)
3. Apprentice of the Universe (3:59)
4. The Bright Ambassadors of Morning (11:56)
5. The Exact Colour (4:03)
6. Voices in Winter / In the Realms of the Divine (6:33)
7. Bullitts Dominae (5:20)
8. The Twyncyn / Trembling Willows (7:16)
9. He Tried to Show Them Magic! / Ambassadors Return (5:17)

OSI - Blood (2009)

Blood is the third album by American progressive rock band OSI, released by InsideOut Music on April 27, 2009 in Europe and May 19, 2009 in North America. Guitarist Jim Matheos and keyboardist and vocalist Kevin Moore started work on the album in 2008, collaborating by email. Matheos would send Moore a song idea which Moore would edit and send back to Matheos. Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, who performed drums on the first two albums, was replaced by Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison on Blood. Matheos played bass guitar on the album, having hired guest musicians to perform bass duties on the first two OSI albums. Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth and Tim Bowness of No-Man wrote lyrics and performed vocals on one track each. - Wikipedia 

Jim Matheos – Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Programming
Kevin Moore – Vocals, Keyboards, Programming
Gavin Harrison – Drums
Mikael Akerfeldt – Vocals on "Stockholm"
Tim Bowness – Vocals on "No Celebrations"

1. The Escape Artist (5:51)
2. Terminal (6:29)
3. False Start (3:04)
4. We Come Undone (4:03)
5. Radiologue (6:05)
6. Be the Hero (5:51)
7. Microburst Alert (3:49)
8. Stockholm (6:41)
9. Blood (5:24)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Gentle Giant - Octopus (1972)

Octopus is an album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant, released in 1972. It marked a change in drummers from Malcolm Mortimore to John Weathers. The new line-up of the band delivered the Octopus album later in 1972, generally considered to represent the start of the band's peak period. The hardest and most "rocking" Gentle Giant album to date, Octopus was allegedly named by Phil Shulman's wife Roberta as a pun on "octo opus" (eight musical works, reflecting the album's eight tracks). In 2004, Ray Shulman commented '(Octopus) was probably our best album, with the exception, perhaps of Acquiring the Taste. We started with the idea of writing a song about each member of the band. Having a concept in mind was a good starting point for writing. I don't know why, but despite the impact of The Who's Tommy and Quadrophenia, almost overnight concept albums were suddenly perceived as rather naff and pretentious." The album maintained Gentle Giant's trademark of broad and challengingly integrated styles. One of the highlights was the intricate madrigal-styled vocal workout "Knots", lyrically inspired by the work of R. D. Laing. - Wikipedia

Gary Green - Guitars, Percussion
Kerry Minnear - All Keyboards, Vibraphone, Percussion, Cello, Moog, Lead and Backing Vocals
Derek Shulman - Lead Vocals, Saxophones
Phil Shulman - Saxophones, Trumpet, Mellophone, Lead and Backing Vocals
Ray Shulman - Bass, Violin, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
John Weathers - Drums, Percussion, Xylophone

1. The Advent of Panurge (4:40)
2. Raconteur Troubadour (3:59)
3. A Cry for Everyone (4:02)
4. Knots (4:09)
5. The Boys in the Band (4:32)
6. Dog's Life (3:10)
7. Think of Me with Kindness (3:33)
8. River (5:54)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Fall of Troy - In the Unlikely Event (2009)

In the Unlikely Event is the fourth and final full length album by American progressive rock band The Fall of Troy, that was released on October 6, 2009. The album was recorded with producer Terry Date and is the only full length album to feature bassist Frank Ene (first featured on Phantom on the Horizon). It was recorded at Studio Lithio. The album featured a slightly less aggressive style compared to the band's earlier work and was poorly, critically recognized because of this. - Wikipedia

Thomas Erak - Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Drums
Frank Ene - Bass, Backing Vocals
Andrew Forsman - Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals

1. Panic Attack! (3:34)
2. Straight-Jacket Keelhauled (2:24)
3. Battleship Graveyard (5:10)
4. A Classic Case of Transference (4:43)
5. Single (3:06)
6. Empty the Clip, the King Has Been Slain, Long Live the Queen (3:17)
7. People and Their Lives (6:18)
8. Dirty Pillow Talk (4:18)
9. Nobody's Perfect (4:44)
10. Webs (4:18)
11. Walk of Fame (5:20)
12. Nature Vs. Nurture (5:43)

Atlas of ID - Cataclysm (2007)

Atlas of ID is a progressive and experimental rock band from San Diego, CA. Drawing wide influences from Björk, John Frusciante, Tim Alexander, Mozart, Salvidor Dali, M.C. Escher. Similar to those of Pink Floyd, Santana, Yes, Rush, Coheed and Cambria, Led Zeppelin, Tool, Primus, Portishead, The Doors. Many people agree that they have a very similar sound to the popular band The Mars Volta.

Matt - Vocals
Nick - Guitar 
Shawn - Drums
Tim - Keyboard
Johnny - Bass

1. Cataclysm I (4:52)
2. Cataclysm II (4:14)
3. Cataclysm III (3:11)
4. Cataclysm IV (1:40)
5. Cataclysm V (5:09)
6. Cataclysm VI (5:00)

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Doors - The Doors (1967)

The Doors is the debut album by the American rock band The Doors, recorded in August 1966 and released in January 1967. It features the breakthrough single "Light My Fire", extended with a substantial instrumental section mostly omitted on the single release, and the lengthy song "The End" with its Oedipal spoken-word section. The 40th Anniversary Mix presents the first album in speed-corrected form for the first time. The speed discrepancy was brought to Bruce Botnick's attention by a Brigham Young University professor who stated that all the video and audio live performances of The Doors performing "Light My Fire", as well as the sheet music show the song being in a key almost a full half step higher than the LP release. Only the 45 RPM single of "Light My Fire", issued in 1967, was produced at the correct speed. The Doors credit the success of their first album to being able to work the songs out night after night at the Whisky a Go Go or the London Fog. "Alabama Song" was originally written and composed by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill for their opera Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny); "Back Door Man" was a Howlin' Wolf cover. The line "Some are born to sweet delight, some are born to endless night" from "End of the Night" is a quote from William Blake's poem "Auguries of Innocence". "The End"'s Oedipal climax was first performed live at the Whisky A Go Go and The Doors were thrown out as a result of lead vocalist Jim Morrison screaming "Mother...I want to fuck you!" near the climax of the song. The album was ranked number 42 on Rolling Stone's list the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. - Wikipedia

Jim Morrison – Vocals
Robby Krieger – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Ray Manzarek – Vox Continental Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
John Densmore – Drums
Larry Knechtel – Bass

1. Break On Through (To the Other Side) (2:29)
2. Soul Kitchen (3:35)
3. The Crystal Ship (2:34)
4. Twentieth Century Fox (2:33)
5. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) (3:20)
6. Light My Fire (7:06)
7. Back Door Man (3:34)
8. I Looked at You (2:22)
9. End of the Night (2:52)
10. Take It As It Comes (2:17)

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, and was released in March 1973. The concept album built on ideas explored by the band in their live shows and earlier recordings, but it lacks the extended instrumental excursions that characterised their work following the departure in 1968 of founding member, principal composer, and lyricist Syd Barrett. The Dark Side of the Moon's themes include conflict, greed, the passage of time and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by Barrett's deteriorating mental state. The album was developed as part of a forthcoming tour of live performances, and was premiered several months before studio recording began. The new material was further refined during the tour and was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London. The group used some of the most advanced recording techniques of the time, including multitrack recording and tape loops. Analogue synthesisers were given prominence in several tracks, and a series of recorded interviews with staff and band personnel provided the source material for a range of philosophical quotations used throughout. Engineer Alan Parsons was directly responsible for some of the most notable sonic aspects of the album, including the non-lexical performance of Clare Torry. The Dark Side of the Moon was an immediate success, topping the Billboard 200 for one week. It subsequently remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. It has twice been remastered and re-released, and has been covered by several other acts. It spawned two singles, "Money" and "Us and Them". In addition to its commercial success, The Dark Side of the Moon is one of Pink Floyd's most popular albums among fans and critics, and is frequently ranked as one of the greatest rock albums of all time. - Wikipedia

David Gilmour – Vocals, Pedal Steel and Electric Guitar, VCS 3 Synthesiser
Nick Mason – Drums, Percussion
Roger Waters – Bass Guitar, Vocals, VCS 3 Synthesiser
Richard Wright – Keyboards, Vocals, VCS 3 Synthesiser

1. Speak to Me (1:30)
2. Breathe (2:43)
3. On the Run (3:30)
4. Time (6:53)
5. The Great Gig in the Sky (4:15)
6. Money (6:30)
7. Us and Them (7:34)
8. Any Colour You Like (3:24)
9. Brain Damage (3:50)
10. Eclipse (1:45)

Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009)

Black Clouds & Silver Linings is the tenth studio album of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. It was released on June 23, 2009 under Roadrunner Records. The album's lyrics were written by John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy, and all except one concern personal experiences about disturbing or difficult moments of their lives. Petrucci wrote "A Nightmare to Remember" about a car accident he was involved in as a child, "The Count of Tuscany" about an actual encounter he had in Tuscany, and "Wither" about the process of songwriting for him. "The Best of Times" was written by Mike Portnoy about his father, who died from cancer. "I just wanted to write something that was a tribute to our life together," said Portnoy, who played the song for his father prior to his death. "The Shattered Fortress" is the final part of Portnoy's Twelve-step Suite, reprising and concluding themes and motifs from the suite that began on 2002's Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence album. The remaining song, "A Rite of Passage", concerns Freemasonry; a video of the edited single was released on May 8, 2009. - Wikipedia

James LaBrie – Lead Vocals
John Petrucci – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jordan Rudess – Keyboards
John Myung – Bass
Mike Portnoy – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

1. A Nightmare to Remember (16:10)
2. A Rite of Passage (8:35)
3. Wither (5:25)
4. The Shattered Fortress (12:49)
5. The Best of Times (13:07)
6. The Count of Tuscany (19:16)

Liquid Tension Experiment - Liquid Tension Experiment (1998)

Liquid Tension Experiment was released in 1998 by Liquid Tension Experiment through Magna Carta. The group is formed by John Petrucci (guitars), Mike Portnoy (drums), Tony Levin (bass, Chapman stick), and Jordan Rudess (keyboard). The album was written and recorded within one week of studio sessions. - Wikipedia

1. Paradigm Shift (8:55)
2. Osmosis (3:26)
3. Kindred Spirits (6:30)
4. The Stretch (2:01)
5. Freedom of Speech (9:19)
6. Chris and Kevin's Excellent Adventure (2:22)
7. State of Grace (5:02)
8. Universal Mind (7:53)
9. Three Minute Warning (27:94)

Transatlantic - SMPT:e (2000)

SMPT:e (AKA StoltMorsePortnoyTrewavas) is the first album of the progressive rock supergroup Transatlantic. The title is a play on words; SMPT:e is both a combination of the band members' initials and the name of a recording technique. The song "In Held 'Twas In I" was originally recorded by progressive rock band Procol Harum in 1967 (released on the album Shine on Brightly, in 1968) and was widely regarded as the first progressive rock epic. - Wikipedia

Neal Morse - Vocals, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar,
Mike Portnoy - Drums, Backing Vocals
Roine Stolt - Electric Guitar, Mellotrons, Percussion
Pete Trewavas - Bass Guitar, Moog Taurus Pedals, Vocals

1. All of the Above (30:59)
2. We All Need Some Light (5:45)
3. Mystery Train (6:52)
4. My New World (16:16)
5. In Held ('Twas in I) (17:21)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pain of Salvation - Road Salt One (2010)

Road Salt One is the seventh studio album by Swedish band Pain of Salvation, released May 17, 2010 on InsideOut. - Wikipedia

Daniel Gildenlöw - Lead Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar
Fredrik Hermansson - Keyboards
Johan Hallgren - Guitars, Vocals
Léo Margarit - Drums, Backing Vocals

1. No Way (5:26)
2. She Likes to Hide (2:57)
3. Sisters (6:15)
4. Of Dust (2:32)
5. Tell Me You Don't Know (2:42)
6. Sleeping Under the Stars (3:37)
7. Darkness of Mine (4:15)
8. Linoleum (4:55)
9. Curiosity (3:33)
10. Where It Hurts (4:51)
11. Road Salt (3:02)
12. Innocence (7:13)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Mars Volta - Octahedron (2009)

Octahedron is the fifth full-length studio album by American progressive rock band The Mars Volta, released on June 23, 2009. The album was released by Warner Bros. Records in North America and Mercury Records worldwide. It debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200 Album chart with sales of 29,980 in its first week of release. Regarding the release, vocalist Cedric Bixler Zavala states that the band "wanted to make the opposite of all the records we've done. All along we've threatened people that we'd make a pop record, and now we have." - Wikipedia

Omar Rodríguez-Lopez – Guitar
Cedric Bixler-Zavala – Vocals
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens – Keyboards
Juan Alderete – Bass
Thomas Pridgen – Drums
Marcel Rodríguez-López – Synthesizers, Percussion
John Frusciante – Guitar

1. Since We've Been Wrong (7:22)
2. Teflon (5:06)
3. Halo of Nembutals (5:32)
4. With Twilight as My Guide (7:54)
5. Cotopaxi (3:40)
6. Desperate Graves (4:58)
7. Copernicus (7:24)
8. Luciforms (8:22)

Can - Tago Mago (1971)

Tago Mago is the third studio album by the German experimental rock band Can, and was originally released as a double LP in 1971 by United Artists. It was the band's first studio album to feature Kenji "Damo" Suzuki after their previous vocalist, Malcolm Mooney, quit the band in 1970 after having a nervous breakdown. The album was remastered and released as a SACD in September 2004, and included commentary from former Melody Maker journalist David Stubbs and Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream. Tago Mago has been described as Can's most extreme record in terms of sound and structure.The album has received much critical acclaim since its release and has been cited as an influence by various artists. - Wikipedia

Holger Czukay – Bass
Michael Karoli – Guitar
Jaki Liebezeit – Drums, Piano
Irmin Schmidt – Keyboards
Damo Suzuki – Vocals

1. Paperhouse (7:28)
2. Mushroom (4:03)
3. Oh Yeah (7:23)
4. Halleluhwah" (18:32)
5. Aumgn (17:37)
6. Peking O (11:37)
7. Bring Me Coffee or Tea (6:47)

Hella - Hold Your Horse Is (2002)

Hold Your Horse Is is the first LP by the avant-garde rock band Hella. - Wikipedia

Spencer Seim - Guitar
Zach Hill - Drums

1. The D. Elkan (0:43)
2. Biblical Violence (3:03)
3. Been a Long Time Cousin (3:50)
4. Republic of Rough and Ready (3:44)
5. 1-800-GHOST-DANCE (3:44)
6. Brown Metal (3:54)
7. Cafeteria Bananas (3:40)
8. City Folk Sitting, Sitting (7:06)
9. Better Get a Broom! (4:20)

Pain of Salvation - Scarsick (2007)

Scarsick is the sixth studio album by Swedish progressive metal band Pain of Salvation, released on January 22, 2007. It is a concept album focusing on issues dealing with capitalism, materialism, consumerism, and contemporary society as a whole. The album leaked on to the internet in its entirety on December 6, 2006 before being officially released. This is the last album to feature Johan Langell on drums. - Wikipedia

Daniel Gildenlöw - Lead Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar, Banjos
Fredrik Hermansson - Keyboards,
Johan Hallgren - Guitars, Vocals
Johan Langell - Drums, Backing Vocals
1. Scarsick (7:08)

2. Spitfall (7:17)
3. Cribcaged (5:56)
4. America (5:05)
5. Disco Queen (8:22)
6. Kingdom of Loss (6:41)
7. Mrs. Modern Mother Mary (4:14)
8. Idiocracy (7:04)
9. Flame to the Moth (5:58)
10. Enter Rain (10:03)

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells (1973)

Tubular Bells is the debut record album of English musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1973. Vivian Stanshall provided the voice of the "Master of Ceremonies" who reads off the list of instruments at the end of the first movement. The piece was later orchestrated by David Bedford for The Orchestral Tubular Bells version and it had three sequels in the 1990s, Tubular Bells II (1992), Tubular Bells III (1998) and The Millennium Bell (1999). Finally, the album was fully re-recorded at its 30th anniversary in 2003 as Tubular Bells 2003. - Wikipedia

Mike Oldfield - Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Hammond, Mandolin, Piano, Percussion, Timpani, Violin, Vocals & Tubular Bells
Steve Broughton - Percussion
Lindsay L. Cooper - String Basses
Mundy Ellis - Vocals
Jon Field - Flutes
Sally Oldfield - Vocals

1. Tubular Bells (25:36)
2. Tubular Bells (Part II) (23:20)

King's X - Please Come Home... Mr. Bulbous (2000)

Please Come Home... Mr. Bulbous is an album by King's X released in 2000. - Wikipedia

Doug Pinnick - Bass, Vocals
Ty Tabor - Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Gaskill - Drums, Vocals

1. Fish Bowl Man (4:28)
2. Julia (3:39)
3. She's Gone Away (4:37)
4. Marsh Mellow Field (5:30)
5. When You're Scared (4:26)
6. Charlie Sheen (3:51)
7. Smudge (3:52)
8. Bitter Sweet (2:13)
9. Move Me (4:58)
10. Move Me (Part II) (7:20)

Gordian Knot - Emergent (2003)

Emergent is a the second album by American progressive rock band Gordian Knot, and is the only album apart from Focus to contain all original members of Cynic. - Wikipedia

Sean Malone Bass Guitar, Chapman Stick, Fretless Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Paul Masvidal - Guitars, Vocals
Bob Brunin - Guitars, Fretless Guitars, Vocals
Jason Göbel - Guitars
Jim Matheos - Acoustic Guitars
Steve Hackett - Guitars
Sean Reinert - Drums
Bill Bruford - Drums
Sonia Lynn - Vocals

1. Arsis (1:59)
2. Muttersprache (6:26)
3. A Shaman's Whisper (6:33)
4. Fischer's Gambit (5:43)
5. Grace (Live) (8:27)
6. Some Brighter Thing (7:34)
7. The Brook the Ocean (4:06)
8. Singing Deep Mountain (9:00)

Riverside - Rapid Eve Movement (2007)

Rapid Eye Movement is an album by progressive rock/metal band Riverside. It is the third and final part of the Reality Dream Trilogy which has thus far included Out of Myself and Second Life Syndrome. The album is split into two parts: part one consists of tracks one through five while part two consists of tracks six through nine. It was released internationally by InsideOut Music on October 9 2007, on September 28 in Europe by InsideOut Music and on September 24 by Mystic Productions in Poland. A two CD digipack version of the album has been also been released and includes extra tracks and some video footage. There are also 2 outtakes that are expected from the last reality dream suite, the title track and reality dream IV. Instead, both are included in the bonus disk, and the final instrumental of the suite is titled Lucid dream IV. - Wikipedia

Mariusz Duda - Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Piotr Grudzinski - Guitars
Michal Lapaj - Keyboards
Piotr Kozieradzki - Drums

1. Beyond The Eyelids (7:56)

2. Rainbow Box (3:37)
3. 02 Panic Room (5:29)
4. Schizophrenic Prayer (4:21)
5. Parasomnia (8:10)
6. Through the Other Side (4:06)
7. Embryonic (4:10)
8. Cybernetic Pillow (4:46)
9. Ultimate Trip (13:13)

The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath (2008)

The Bedlam in Goliath is the fourth full-length studio album by American progressive rock band The Mars Volta. It was released on January 29, 2008, and January 26, 2008 in Australia through Universal Motown Records. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, selling over 54,000 copies in its opening week and 153,000 copies total as of June 2009. Produced by guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez with engineer Robert Carranza, the album's creation process was subject to "bad luck controversy" after the band's bizarre experience with an ouija that Rodriguez-Lopez bought as a gift for Cedric Bixler-Zavala. "Wax Simulacra" was released on November 19, 2007 as the album's first single, coupled with a cover version of "Pulled to Bits", originally by Siouxsie & the Banshees. Vinyl editions of the album include a ouija inside the gatefold, claimed to be the band's own take on the board they previously owned. "Wax Simulacra" won at the 51st Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance. Having previously contributed the artwork to the 2006 release of Amputechture, Jeff Jordan was again brought in to handle the illustrations for the album, creating 11 original paintings to coincide with the theme of The Bedlam in Goliath, as well as including a piece from his own gallery. The piece used for the cover is entitled "Agadez". - Wikipedia

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Guitar
Cedric Bixler-Zavala – Vocals
Isaiah Ikey Owens – Keyboards
Juan Alderete – Bass
Thomas Pridgen – Drums
Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez – Percussion
Paul Hinojos – Sound Manipulation, Guitar
Adrián Terrazas-González – Flute, Saxophones
John Frusciante – Guitar

1. Aberinkula (5:45)
2. Metatron (8:12)
3. Ilyena (5:36)
4. Wax Simulacra (2:39)
5. Goliath (7:15)
6. Tourniquet Man (2:38)
7. Cavalettas (9:32)
8. Agadez (6:44)
9. Askepios (5:11)
10. Ouroborous (6:36)
11. Soothsayer (9:08)
12. Conjugal Burns (6:36)

Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Ash (1970)

Wishbone Ash is the first album by Wishbone Ash. The band's debut album became a reality when they were opening for Deep Purple in early 1970. Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was jamming during the band's soundcheck when Wishbone guitarist Andy Powell boldly plugged in and began jamming with Blackmore. After the show, Blackmore recommended that MCA Records sign the band. Deep Purple producer Derek Lawrence produced this album, which features elements of blues, progressive rock, and psychedelic improvisation. The album was a success and Wishbone Ash would soon become one of the most popular rock bands of the early 1970s. - Wikipedia

Martin Turner - Vocals, Bass
Andy Powell - Guitar, Vocals
Ted Turner - Guitar, Vocals
Steve Upton - Drums

1. Blind Eye (3:42)
2. Lady Whiskey (6:11)
3. Error of My Ways (6:56)
4. Queen of Torture (3:21)
5. Handy (11:36)
6. Phoenix (10:27)

The Moody Blues - Seventh Sojourn (1972)

Seventh Sojourn, released in 1972, was the eighth album released by The Moody Blues. On Seventh Sojourn, The Moody Blues replaced the Mellotron with a keyboard called the Chamberlin, a device similar to the Mellotron created by the original inventor of the device, Harry Chamberlin. It could simulate orchestral sounds more realistically and easily than the Mellotron. Two hit singles came from this album: "Isn't Life Strange" and "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)." However, both songs were overshadowed in the United States by "Nights in White Satin," which had its first single release in the U.S. in 1968. Whereas both singles from Seventh Sojourn merely made the top 40, "Nights" hit number two, which was the highest chart position for a Moody Blues single. - Wikipedia

Justin Hayward - Guitars, Vocals
John Lodge - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Michael Pinder - Keyboards, Vocals
Ray Thomas - Harmonica, Flute, Vocals
Graeme Edge - Drums, Percussion

1. Lost in a Lost World (4:42)
2. New Horizons (5:11)
3. For My Lady (3:58)
4. Isn't Life Strange (6:09)
5. You and Me (4:21)
6. The Land of Make-Believe (4:52)
7. When You're a Free Man (6:06)
8. I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock & Roll Band) (4:18)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Genesis - Nursery Cryme (1971)

Nursery Cryme is the third studio album by Genesis and was recorded and released in 1971. It is also the first album to feature the lineup of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and Steve Hackett; the latter two replacing John Mayhew and Anthony Phillips, on drums and guitar respectively, in 1970 and 1971. This lineup would remain consistent until Gabriel's departure in 1975. Like Trespass the preceding Genesis album, Nursery Cryme was also recorded at London's famous Trident Studios. Trident was one of only a handful of British studios to have 16-track equipment, which was state of the art for the time. Though not as polished in production terms as the albums that followed, Nursery Cryme was still a progression from the group's second album. The folky feel was retained on songs such as "Harlequin" and "For Absent Friends", but other tracks displayed a more aggressive and strident sound. Hackett's lead guitar playing contributed a lot to this, with strong solos contained within "The Musical Box", "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" and "The Fountain of Salmacis". - Wikipedia

Peter Gabriel – Lead Vocals, Flute, Bass Drum, Tambourine
Steve Hackett – Electric Guitar, 12 String Guitar
Tony Banks – Organ, Mellotron, Piano, 12 String Guitar, Vocals
Mike Rutherford – Bass, Bass Pedals, 12 String Guitar, Vocals
Phil Collins – Drums, Vocals, Percussion

1. The Musical Box (10:24)
2. For Absent Friends (1:44)
3. The Return of the Giant Hogweed (8:09)
4. Seven Stones (5:08)
5. Harold The Barrel (2:59)
6. Harlequin (2:53)
7. The Fountain of Salmacis (7:54)

Rush - Moving Pictures (1981)

Moving Pictures is the eighth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush. The album was recorded and mixed October to November 1980 at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec and released March 12, 1981. Moving Pictures became the band's biggest selling album in the U.S., hitting #3, and remains the band's most popular and commercially successful studio recording to date. The album was certified quadruple-platinum with four million copies sold on January 27, 1995. Following the formula of their previous album, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures follows a more radio-friendly format and includes the hit single "Tom Sawyer", as well as radio standards "Red Barchetta" and "Limelight". - Wikipedia

Geddy Lee - Bass Guitar, Mini Moog, Vocals
Alex Lifeson - Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Neil Peart - Drums

1. Tom Sawyer (4:33)
2. Red Barchetta (6:06
3. YYZ (4:24)
4. Limelight (4:19)
5. The Camera Eye (10:56)
6. Witch Hunt (Part III of Fear) (4:43)
7. Vital Signs (4:43)