Dmitry from Let It Rock on DMME has written another great review for our latest album! You can find it on their website or read it below. Thank you Dmitry!
FOREST FIELD – Lonely Desert
Rock Company 2016
Spicy, if not spaced out, interpretation of the Muad’Dib story. Epic choruses abound.
Over the years, there’s been a few attempts to harness the essence of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” but only Klaus Schulze had taken it to an LP scale while eschewing songs’ format, an approach which multi-instrumentalist Peter Cox turned around for his fourth album loosely based on the classic book. With former LEGION singer Phil Vincent giving voice to most of the pieces here and clinging to Arrakis’ literary surface in “Fear” to create a triumphant finale, “Lonely Desert” is a many-layered work which reveals previously unnoticed textures with every new spin without losing its infectiousness.
One doesn’t need to be familiar with the context, though, to feel its melodic grip once “Valley Of Pain” has set things in motion with a heavy guitar hook, before vocals bring airiness into the arid riff-and-strum whose AOR magnetism is inescapable. There also sublime harmonies to make the refrains of “Into The Light” and “Asleep” as memorable as possible, yet dry production and deliberate toning down of the performances add to the thematic and cinematic dramatism that’s dictated by the original sci-fi saga.
Whereas voiceless vignettes such as “To Bits” introduce folk sensibility to the narrative, they also provide atmospheric contrast to the tension oozing out from the organ-bolstered “Alienation” to let this cosmos breathe. It may be lonely out there, but there’s music for a company.
We are happy to announce we will release the new Sunrise Auranaut album The Ocean Of Unspoken Words late May this year. This exciting instrumental prog album will make a lot of people very happy!
Stay tuned for more information!
For an incredible fifth month in a row, Forest Field’s Lonely Desert album is topping the One World Music Rock Chart top 30. Rumour has it that is a record. But truth or not, it is an amazing achievement. And besides that, Age Of Aquarius secured position 3 for the second time in a row after entering there the previous month. Sixtynine and Cranston are also still in the list, at 7 and 25 respectively.
So it is safe to say that it has been another successful month of airplay at the station. Thanks to all involved!
Recently the album show for the Dawn Of The Age Of Aquarius album by Age Of Aquarius has seen the light of day. Zoe and Peter give you a deeper insight in the songs and how it all came together. You can listen to a couple of samples and 3 full songs here:
Also a simple and effective video for the dark yet beautiful ballad Mercury Rising has been made:
- Earthshine – White Cliff Country nominated in the People’s Choice awards. If you want to vote, go to this link to do so. Thanks!
- Cranston – Cranston, nominated for Rock album of the year
- Forest Field – Lonely Desert, also nominated for Rock album of the year
- Sixtynine – You Are Me, another contender for Rock album of the year
- and last but not least, our Distribution artist Holly Montgomery – Leaving Eden is another nominee in the Rock album category.
Needless to say we are very happy for our artists for this achievement. We wish the voting judges success with this hard task, what a list!
- At position 20 we find the rocking CranstoN album, a former #1
- at #3 we find the new entry of the Age Of Aquarius album, wow
- at #2 we find the You Are Me album by Sixtynine, who refuse to lay down and just went back up in the top 3
- and at the top we find Forest Field’s Lonely Desert album for a stunning fourth time in a row!
Thank you so much to all the OMWR presenters and of course those fabulous listeners!
Here it is:
Rock and a hard place: heavy trio strut their stuff in dramatically arresting way.
Lately, there’s been a whole slew of albums that Phil Vincent, he of LEGION glory, lent his pipes to, and this one finds the singer sharing the spotlight with ONLY CHILD’s Paul Sabu, a guitar foil to stars. Both schooled in AOR, together the duo and B.F. D’Ercole on drums deliver an impressive set of originals that cleverly hide jagged hooks under memorable lines, and large-caliber choruses which shoot to thrill, rather than kill. In such an environment, lyrical cliches like “pedal to the metal” don’t seem unavoidable, but they’re par for the course when it comes to stirring arenas.
The rock ‘n’ roll ardor and singalong melodies on “Queen Of The Pain” and “Fallen” are truly irresistible, while the weighty splashes behind “You Oughta Know” show a serious intent, and the emotional charge relents only in “Sea Of Madness” where ballad waves crash against reefs of riffs. From the bass rumble of “Long, Long Way To Go” on, there’s a nice sway to the songs, with “Let It Go” demonstrating an unexpected raga tint, and “Trouble Ahead” tapping into the heart of Delta until heavenly harmonies kick it out of acoustically tinctured blues. The album’s many layers require delicate unraveling, yet it’s a rewarding process. A solid, if not revolutionary, work.
Thank you Dmitry! Read it on the website
The famous Progarchy site have published an absolute mindblowing review of the latest Forest Field album Lonely Desert. Reviewer Jay Watson commented on all the tracks and the artwork and gave many songs a 9 or a 10. Here are some edits of his words:
- I wish I had heard of this musical endeavor earlier on as they are quite good and I really like this album. It is a bit of a concept album based loosely on Frank Herbert‘s DUNE, but the listener need not know that classic to enjoy the listening experience.
- Before some track by track comments it needs be said that this not your “classical” prog of the early founding 70’s nor even the second wave iteration. There is more classic rock afoot here than Yes, Genesis, or Spock’s Beard. Forest Field is more of Thin Lizzy meets Judas Priest with Boston stirred in…infused with very tasty mellotron and synth additives. But that is not a bad thing as the music is too good to let restrictive descriptors keep ones ears shut.
- Track 4: Alienation (stranger in me) (5:08) Synths, keys, guitar, drums & base…. Foot starts tapping immediately. Best song so far. I love the melody. This would make a great single in my prog universe! Great guitar solo. 10/10
- Track 5: To Bits (3:01) Another beautifully arranged and mixed instro opening with guitar and bass playing off the synth…then the drums are added at the minute plus mark. This is more of a mood piece. 9/10
- Track 6: Asleep (5:24) Asleep is anything but, as it starts off rocking…a great rhythmic opening…very nice rock tune with great vocals and nice poppy riffs (but in a good way)…This would be another Top 40 hit in my prog imagination. I enjoy the accessible sing-along chorus. Also, maybe my favorite track. More great guitar. 10/10
- After 9 tracks I was thoroughly enjoying this disc but still hoping for some “wibbly-wobbly” prog caricature sounds to cement it in my own, maybe too narrow view of the genre. The closing song does that!
Track 10: Fear (15:10) The guitar chords strummed slowly and majestically invoke a romantic past (neo-classical) with a very beautiful melody. At 2:18 the hard electric guitar, bass, keys, and drums bust in with a forceful driving sound, and again the vocals are big, Journey like almost. There’s a real 80’s feel, almost arena rock (not that that’s always a bad thing). The sing-along nature of this tune (along with most of the other songs) brings to mind Eddie Money, early Styx, Bon Jovi, and most rock with melody. At the 6:50 the guitar gets harder and darker and some nice interplay with the several sounds as well as the vocals put a prog patina on this middle section. The lyrics of being the “freemen” has a prog-foundational-theme firmly ingrained. The dark plodding of the beat contrasted by the light and hopeful sounding lyrics makes this song an anthem of resistance…the “keepers of the spice” will fight. Any 15-minute song has to be prog, I guess. A winning last track 9.5, or maybe 10/10.
Needless to say these are only some of the highlights in the comments. We are still floored. Thank you very much Jay and to read his full article go here.
Dutch magazine IO Pages, in the person of Robert Schuller, have published a review for Ghost In The Machine by Earthshine in edition 140. Some quotes:
- Ghost In the Machine is a change in the right direction
- atmosphere and moods are the key ingredient now
- I like the innovativeness of Earthshine
The original Dutch version is below. Thank you Robbert.
Ghost In The Machine
Op het vierde album van Earthshine in ruim twee jaar tijd gooit men het roer stevig om. De instrumentale werken die Peter Cox onder dit pseudoniem uitbracht, werden tot nu toe maar zuinigjes ontvangen in iO Pages. Ghost In The Machine laat een omslag horen die naar mijn mening naar de goede kant uitvalt. Het album bevat slechts vier lange composities, waarin piano en synthesizers het voortouw nemen. Een nieuw instrument in het muzikale palet waarmee Cox werkt is de midi-gitaar. Veel klanken op het album zijn afkomstig van dit apparaat; heel duidelijk ligt de nadruk op sfeer. Dat lijkt de componist beter af te gaan dan de ritmische begeleiding.
Ik vond dat laatste op eerdere cd’s het zwakke punt van het Earthshine project.
Cox houdt gelukkig de inzet van de drummachine op Ghost In The Machine binnen de perken. De keren dat de computergestuurde
bas en drums uit het hok mogen, ontsieren meestal niet al vliegt hij halverwege het afsluitende Steam Up That Engine net even uit de bocht qua programmering in combinatie met houterig solospel. Toch bevalt de vernieuwingsdrang van Earthshine me wel. Wordt ongetwijfeld vervolgd.
if not, then check this video to find out why some think this is the best rock album from 2016: