The album of the month July 2018: The Sea Within
The Sea Within’s first album is a highly impressive but diverse voyage. Passengers on this ship will experience expansive high sea views, daunting subaqueous emotional depths and even fathomless submerged darkness. But they will also enjoy pleasing coral imagery, aquamarine beams of musical light, frolicking waves of melody, compositional variety and, most certainly, virtuosity of oceanic proportions. The band consists of topnotch Prog artists like Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, The Flower Kings), Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation), Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic, The Tangent), Tom Brislin (Renaissance, Spiraling, Yes Symphonic, Deborah Harry) & Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, UK, Joe Satriani). Guest appearances by Jon Anderson and Jordan Rudess. Supergroup? Judge yourself, it was enough for us to name it AOM.
The album of the month June 2018: Riversea- The Tide
Six years after their debut album “Out of an Ancient World” Riversea released their new album “The Tide” recently. Once again the album contains melodic symphonic rock. The group is lead by Marc Atkinson and Brendan Eyre and a choice of guest musicians like Dave Clements, Alex Cromarty, Peter Aves, Lee Abraham, Paul Cusick, Robin Armstrong, Simon Godfrey & Martin Ledger. The unrest in the world is the main theme on the album, but also personal suffering is incorporated on this wonderful album. A full review will follow shortly on our cd/dvd review page.
The album of the month May 2018: Lazuli-Saison 8
French outfit Lazuli have recently released their eighth studio album. The follow-up to highly acclaimed “Nos âmes saoules” from 2016 entitled “Saison 8” was released in March, just ahead of European tour dates that took them to France, Holland (see concert pages for review), Belgium and Germany. A statement on the release reads: “Each new album comes as the new season of a TV series and each song as an episode of our lives”. For an elaborate review see cd/dvd reviews section.