Italian 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!
Another 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!
- 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!
We 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 🙂
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?:
The 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
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.
The wonderful people of One World Music Radio have added another category to their 2016 Awards and it is Track Of The Year. And we are very excited and proud to find several of our artist receiving a nomination in the Rock category:
- Cranston – Queen Of The Pain
- Forest Field – Valley Of Pain
- Sixtynine – Good Trade.
And also our distribution artist Holly Montgomery is nominated with the title track of her album Leaving Eden.
If you want to vote, please go to this page to learn how. We wish all the nominees succes!
Apart from coming up with one of the best album titles of all time, Sunrise Auranaut have created an album of progressive bliss for the ever growing throng of this revitalised genre, from each track we can hear cultured arrangements that thrill and carry the listener all along the way.
Remnants of Yes, with a mild smattering of Emerson Lake and Palmer abound here; the percussion lifts the project with an undeniable sense of power and posture, In A Room With Many Mirrors a fine example of this bands cleverness.
I grew up with a cousin that played Wakeman and King Arthur relentlessly and some of that you can find here. Listen though to the subtleties of tracks like The Last Meeting, one could easily be mistaken that perhaps Keith Emerson had reincarnated back into our time frame, you can’t keep a good rocker down!
Sunrise Auranaut have created something a little special here, just listen to The Great Dumb (Cinema) and be amazed at the flexibility of tone, tempo and composition of arrangement. Take in the outstanding Late Night Is Early Morning (After the Holiday) and understand that within this album, a new era of progressive rock has been born, the era of Sunrise Auranaut. This is one album that has to be brought, has to be listened, this is a work that raises the bar in this genre by a mile.
Congrats to Vitaly and thank you Steve!
It has happened. It was bound to. Yes, believe it or not, but after 5 amazing months on top of the list, Forest Field had to give up on the #1 spot and landed on position 4. Congratulations to the excellent The Soul Exchange and their great album Bloodbound for taking over!
And for the third month in a row, we find the Dawn Of The Age Of Aquarius album from Age Of Aquarius on #3! That in a way is rather unique too.
Another surprise is Cranston finding their way UP again, #14 this month. And nice to see another project from singer Phil Vincent, D’Ercole, land the #18 spot.
Last but not least for us are Sixtynine taking the number 24 with their rocking You Are Me album.
Congrats to the artists and thank you to the presenters and listeners of One World Music Radio!