“Lonely Desert” is the new album from FOREST FIELD, the band of Dutch musician Peter Cox who write all the music and play all the instruments. in fact, Forest Field is an international project, as American Phil Vincent (Legion, Cranston, Tragik) supply all the vocals.
The previous Forest Field album was tested by 0dayrox, but discarded because it was an erratic release, including a couple a really good tracks but not focused and musically disjointed.
Seems Cox finally found his way in this “Lonely Desert”, a melodic brand of progressive rock with a some harder moments. With his strong vocals apt for this kind of material, Phil Vincent helped to round a very interesting album.
Loosely based on the Dune saga from Frank Herbert and other science fiction topics, the music is a mix of prog rock with a couple of more straight forward rockers like the highly melodious, groovy midtempo opener ‘Valley of Pain’ or the pumping melodic hard rocker ‘Into The Light’.
The slower numbers work really well like the, again, melodic ‘Asleep’ and the fine ‘Alienation’ with some Winger touches, while Peter Cox creates two wonderful instrumentals on here, ‘Coriolis’ and the electric / acoustically mixed ‘To Bits’.
Closer ‘Fear’ is another strong composition divided in 6 parts, mixing melodic rock, instrumental passages, and some edge here and there.
Melodic prog rock meets melodic rock is the formula in “Lonely Desert”, a solid new album from Forest Field. Think recent John Elefante’s music, the light proggy side of Winger, Mastedon, a pinch of Kansas, and Phil Vincent last solo album.
Speaking of Vincent, it’s really good to hear him performing material not composed by himself, which not only expands his musical boundaries but also confirms he is a really good vocalist able to perform different stuff.
01 – Valley of Pain
02 – Coriolis
03 – Doomed in the Desert
04 – Alienation
05 – To Bits
06 – Asleep
07 – Into the Light
08 – Riding the Worm
09 – The Confrontation
10 – Fear
Peter Cox – all instruments
Phil Vincent – lead & backing vocals