Things are turning quite hectic here at HQ. 2 albums landing end of October (the progmetal double disc Pandor by Koos Thönissen’s Cryptic Nature and the soothing instrumental album Abstract Patterns by Earthshine).
December will also see 2 releases coming your way. And since they are both of a hard rocking yet melodic nature, that Christmas tree better be steady… Because besides the already announced new album Ymmij by Still Living, the explosive new album Tainted from Tragik will also become available. We are of course very happy and proud to be working together again.
Better save up, you won’t want to miss this!
And rumour has it we might not be done yet….
December 8 2017 the fantastic new album Ymmij from Brazilian rock hope Still Living will see the light of day! The band have created a concept but wrapped it in infectious songs that will appeal to any lover of melodic hard rock. More info on the band at http://www.stillliving.com.br. Tracklist and other info will follow soon. For now enjoy this teaser with various clips of the album:
October 27, 2017 will see the release of the awesome #newalbum Pandor by Koos Thönissen’s Cryptic Nature. Here an audio #EPK to catch a glimpse of what is coming: a double disc with 14 tracks!
You can now also find the album on Bandcamp, and get the song Glynyd if you order now.
Should you prefer to watch and listen; here is the video EPK for the album:
October 27 will see the release of our next 2 albums. But the good news is, here in our webshop you can already order them! They will be shipped out early October, so in most places you will receive them before the official release. And the best thing is; until October 26 they can be ordered with a reduced price!
Thank you for your support and for buying the original.
Our 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:
On 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!
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:
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…
Brazilian 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:
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!