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earthshine v - abstract patternsOur electronic project Earthshine (relax, it’s instrumental music) has delivered a stunning fifth album. Abstract Patterns will also be released on October 27 and contains 8 tracks. Blekkmark Design Studio has not only created some fitting artwork, but also updated the logo.

Peter had this to say about it: This time my starting point was certain terms and patterns that associate with numbers or ranges of numbers and terms from the world of programming. Like for instance the Fibonacci sequence, or Pi. And my next step would be to translate those numbers to chords and melodies and trying to make it sound right. Without letting it become crazy or incoherent.
I quite liked the challenge and the outcome, but you be the judge!

In the next video you can hear a part of the first track: Fibonacci Fever:

Sunrise-Auranaut-The-Ocean-Of-Unspoken-Wordssunrise auranaut - the first cosmicOn the progressive rock review sites the latest offering from Sunrise Auranaut, The Ocean Of Unspoken Words, has been met with great enthusiasm. So for the people who are considering to buy it, we were able to create a special deal:

If you order the CD in our webshop, you get the 2015 Sunrise Auranaut, The First Cosmic, for FREE. Yes you read it correct, that is 2 for the price of 1!

But remember, this offer is only valid if you order straight from us. But since we have a flat shipping fee, so no matter how many albums you order, you still pay the flat fee, maybe there are more items that interest you… Good luck exploring!

PS; For TOOUW you can find several reviews in our news section. Here a review for The First cosmic (Classic Rock Society, 210):

It’s always a joy to come across someone in progressive rock who is young and bursting with both talent and enthusiasm: it bodes well for the future of the genre; and Russian multi-instrumentalist and composer Vitaly Kiselev is a prime example. He already has two accomplished and well-received instrumental albums to his credit: his debut Childhood’s End? was released in spring 2013; that autumn, there followed the publication of the concept album Way Of The King.

Now comes The First Cosmic, featuring songs written between 2003 and 2006 which centre around Kiselev’s favourite themes in music: space and science fiction. Again, it’s an instrumental album, and about the only other thing you really need to know about it is that it contains some of the most melodic prog rock instrumental music produced in recent years. There’s not one piece on here that fails to interest, and though the pieces are for the most part relatively short, each feels like an epic, simply because he manages to cram so many changes of feel, tempo and texture into it. The whole album is a delight, and an object lesson to anyone who has ambitions in the genre. Kiselev uses a variety of instrumentation, and never allows one sound to dominate for too long, giving a delightful flow to the album; and while each track sounds great as a stand-alone, the whole 60 minute’s worth is a very rewarding listening experience from start to finish… but then, I suppose that’s exactly what you’d expect from a talented musician/ composer who hails from the land of Tchaikovsky and The Five!

crossfire

German metal site Crossfire have been busy writing about our artists.

They really liked the Holly Montgomery album. It ended with an 8 out of 10 score with the main complaint being it was too short. Well, we would love to hear more of this awesome artist too, so it is a great review. You can find that here.

The next album to get a feature is the Dawn Of The Age Of Aquarius album by, well Age Of Aquarius of course. Even when it ended with a 6/10 score, the words only seem to contain positives. Well, we are happy that Markus took the time to listen to it carefully, which is what the album needs and deserves! You can find it here.

And the last album is The Ocean Of Unspoken Words from Sunrise Auranaut. Alas the reviewer did not like it much. But maybe an instrumental progressive rock album is just too much for a metalzine? You can find it here.

Thank you to all the writers!

We are proud to announce our latest signings:

cryptic nature - pandorKoos J. Thönissen’s Cryptic Nature! We will release the album Pandor on October 27!
Expect a wonderful progressive rock / metal DOUBLE album in the style of Ayreon /Avantasia.

Including guests like  Jeroen van de Biggelaar : Lead guitar on Certamen Ultimus, Ron van Rhee : Flutes on Consulting Serna and vocalists Sascha Burchardt as Pandor, Emmelie van Deurzen as Tayla, Jacqueline van Elsbergen as Serna, Cathy van der Valk as Ieeryah. Special appearance by Huw Lloyd Jones as Teelon on the track Glynyd.

With Koos handling several vocal parts as well as most of the instruments.
Check www.crypticnature.nl for a first taste…

still living - ymmijBrazilian rock band Still Living have expanded their cooperation with us! After the great reception for their previous album Humanity, the band set out to make an even better album. And we think they nailed it with their concept album Ymmij!
The album will become available at the end of this year but to whet your appetite, here is the first single:

giornale metalItalian website Giornale Metal did a review. But since we can imagine that not everybody reads Italian well, here is a google translate to English:

SUNRISE AURANAUT – The Ocean Of Unspoken Words

Writing about this particular band is not very simple. The Russians Sunrise Auranaut born as a studio project by multi-instrumentalist Vitaly Kiselev. The latter has created this special and interesting in some ways music project. The album in question is definitely not easy listening for those seeking fast and immediate melodies to assimilate at once, or who is looking for brute strength and raw. This is about a special blend of sounds and genres ranging from rock, metal, symphonic to progressive class. The influences made from it by The Ocean Of Unspoken Words are manifold. You can find reminiscences of Uriah Heep, Yes, ELP, but Kiselev not disdain even the mold prog purely Italian, just to understand what the ’70s. Yes, because the Russian composer seems particularly love our musical pride known throughout the world.

And as if they merge into a single Goblin cauldron, PFM, New Trolls and everything that goes with it. It might appear at first listen wordy, but gradually grows the desire to penetrate ever further into this particular world also made a lot of psychedelic. Within this work we can find so many types of songs including some really compelling as The Secret Of Nightlife, or airier Who Is There, one of the most successful tracks. While with In a Room with Many Mirrors, we can easily remember the great PFM. In principle, although it is not easy to hold, after several plays the album still managed to convince and win a place in your album prog collection of all respect. It will not be for everyone, it recommended for those who feed on this particular genre which requires among other things probably more than one listening to be fully appreciated.

Thank you Sandro!

progarchivesAnother review comes from Progarchives and it is a beauty! Find the original here and some quotes below:

  • It’s a well titled set, seeing as how this fully instrumental disc must rely on no vocals whatsoever to carry the keyboard and guitar-heavy vastness on offer, and `Ocean…’ takes the most grandiose and bombastic of elements from the music of Rick Wakeman, the Flower Kings, Genesis, Camel, the Par Lindh Project and Karfagen amongst others, delivering a set that symphonic-prog lovers will adore.
  • `Perseids’ sounds like Rick Wakeman jamming with Renaissance’s Jon Camp and John Tout, a strong opener of fancy themes and classical elegance in amongst the whirring electronics.
  • The title track `The Ocean Of Unspoken Words’ is one of the more ambitious pieces of the disc, full of grand orchestration-like synths and dreamy shimmering guitars delivering stirring reprising themes.
  • `The Ocean of Unspoken Words’ is complete evidence of a talented artist growing in confidence, maturity and sophistication, delivering an immense work that comes close to being the equal of many of the higher-status acts currently performing in a symphonic style. This is story-telling prog as richly possible without utilising lyrics or vocals, and for fans of any of the above mentioned artists and progressive music proudly in the Seventies Prog tradition, this disc comes highly recommended and is composer Vitaly Kiselev’s finest achievement to date.

With 4/5 stars we kindly thank Aussie Byrd Brother!

2017 06 Top 30 Rock Chart Seems our artists still fare well in the One World Music Radio Rock Top30!

  • Cranston with Phil Vincent and Paul Sabu refuse to give in and even rise 2 places and now finds itself at #19,
  • Age Of Aquarius landed on #14,
  • Forest Field rises back into the top 10 and holds the #7 position and last but not least,
  • Sunrise Auranaut rise an astonishing 16 positions and find themselves at number 3!

Now who said that rock and prog are dead?
Thanks to all the listeners and presenters!
Of course you can find all these releases at our website www.rockcompany.nl and also online or at your favourite shop!

phil vincent - slave to sin phil vincent - face it Tragik - path of destruction phil vincent - tragic phil vincent - secrets phil vincent - white noise phil vincent - unknown originWe are very happy that we have expanded our cooperation with prolific artist Phil Vincent! No less than 7 titles from his extensive catalogue are now easy available here in Europe! Quality melodic (hard) rock with sometimes some prog overtones, that is the trademark from Phil. So go check them out in the shop or take a listen here first:

As you may have noticed, here at Rock Company we like to keep busy. So slowly but surely the number of titles available from us is rising! All independent artists, who need your support. Hugs and kudos for everyone who buys an album (often limited editions) or download! But if you are wondering what the label is about, here a sure fire way to introduce a lot of recent releases to you, this podcast. Have fun and never mind the ramblings of Dr. Schultz 🙂

ivory tower projectRock Company is proud to introduce the next cooperation; this time with the New York based Ivory Tower Project!

The phrase ‘Ivory Tower’ has long been a metaphor for a place of refuge from the rest of the world. For singer/songwriter Mark Regula of the critically acclaimed modern vintage rock band: Ivory Tower Project, this figurative ideal resonates deeply. The New York City-based band has functioned as a safe haven for its members to process and, ultimately, triumph over trying times.

“For me, the name Ivory Tower always conveyed a feeling of escapism,” reveals singer, songwriter, co-founder and multi instrumentalist: Mark Regula. “The music has been where my heart and mind can live
when everything around me goes wrong. It’s been my savior.”

Ivory Tower Project specializes in the majestic power rock of the 1970s and early 1980s. The songs burst with stirring vocal melodies, soaring vocal harmonies, polished musicianship, heartfelt lyrics, and imaginative arrangements. The band is part of a new breed of classic rock purists preserving the traditions set forth by masters such as 1970s Styx, Queen, Foreigner and Boston. ITP has garnered praise from a variety of sources, including: The Entertainment Bank, The Ripple Effect, Mossip, Quirky NY Chick, and Boom Boom Chick, among others. The group’s debut: 2008’s ‘Red Hot’ (Guerilla Records), has received rave reviews and airplay on over 600 radio stations in 32 countries. As a result, tracks from that CD earned them nominations in a few categories in both the 2015 and 2016 Nashville Universe Awards.

 

And now both the 2008 debut Red Hot as well as latest offering How Much More? will soon be added to our webshop and to our European Distribution network.

Already curious to the sound of the band? Why not check out Burning! A full length remix is included on How Much More?:

let it rockThe wonderful DMME site has published another review, this time of the Sixtynine album. You can read it on his website, or just continue. Thanks once again to Dmitry!

SIXTYNINE – You Are Me

Rock Company 2016

sixtynine - you are meOrganic rock ‘n’ rollers from Slovenia get their kicks in search of identity.

Making their international debut, this quartet may careen to occasional heaviness, but the band’s instincts are in the right place when progressive elements seep into their heady mix of genres. It’s hard not to attract the listener’s attention when your debut is kicked off with a ballad, as the uplift of “Don’t Give Up” builds a tension to defer a fine rifferama which will keep the momentum till the finale. There’s a lot of AOR hooks on offer, although cliches on vibrant tracks like “Morning” are handled with grace, and “Sunlight Hour” has lyricism married to attack and orchestral drama to deliciously rough edge.

As for rock ‘n’ roll, frivolity rears its head on the unhurried “Lazy Crazy Thing” and “Good Trade” whose licks whisk the handclaps-abetted beats to a dancefloor, while the synthesizers give “Come To Me” a layer of cosmic, rather than romantic, consciousness. Breaking the overall retro mold, the title cut introduces a contemporary buzz to the mix, yet “Still Dreaming” signs off with a slow gratitude in the most traditional way, so even though the album isn’t groundbreaking, the ensemble stand their ground with swagger which will secure them place in many a heart.

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