It is about time to give you an overview of reviews for our releases!
Musipedia of Metal gives Sky Empire a 7/10 and calls it a fairly impressive chunk of prog that will certainly entertain fans of the genre
DMME gives 3 4/5 stars to Still Living’s Ymmij album and likes the band best in the heavier songs
Rockportaal really enjoy the Souls Of Deaf album and call it a damn fine album with catchy and fast metal
Dmitry from DMME also had some nice things to say about last years Age Of Aquarius release and adds several new genre descriptions to the varied sound of the album
Zeitgeist / the Rocker have lots of praise for the Marenna live album and state that Melodic hard rock fans should definitely be giving it a listen
Belgian Metal Shredder found several favourites on the Souls Of Deaf album and describe it as an old-school album that aims to bring some of that classic Motörhead vibe to you but with a typically Dutch flavor
Metal Temple are very impressed by the Sky Architect album and give a 10 for songwriting and a 9 for originality!
And in Empire 127 Martin Dambeck wrote several impressions. For Chinawhite, Souls Of Deaf and Sunrise Auranaut. Read in the next documents:
And last but not least the kind words of Mr. H. for Chinawhite:
CHINAWHITE Different Rock Company
Another release from the men who never sleep. Yes, Peter Cox (not that one) and Phil Vincent have made another record to go with all their CranstoN / Forest Field endeavours.
Chinawhite, though, is all about the songs of Peter Cox. With all the vocals taken care of by Vincent and the drums coming from Praying Mantis man Hans in´t Zandt they’ve certainly put together a quality product. It’s mainly eighties styled melodic hard rock but they’ve also thrown in a few prog elements as well. It would be no surprise to find some mid-period Asia albums in the collection of Mr Cox.
They kick things off with one of the album highlights – ‘Kiss Of Fire’ – which is as hard rock as they get. The prog starts to arrive with ‘Hello To The World’ and from then on they mix and match as they please. When it works, it’s really enjoyable, although a couple of songs just miss. And just to reinforce the prog credentials the album closes with an eight minute instrumental. Hey! It’s my album and I’ll do what I like. A good one.
US site Sea Of Tranquility have done a review of our album. Writer Jon Neudorf gives his honest view and the admirable advice to go listen for yourself. This because he likes the music and musicianship more than the vocals, with the exception of a couple of tracks.
For me the strong point of the album is definitely the musicianship of Peter Cox. He is an excellent musician.
Ehinger fares better in the melancholic “The Water Bearer”, lush with keyboards and strings and defined by pretty piano and lead vocals.
The disc does include three instrumentals with each showcasing the talent Cox possesses both as a musician and as a highly skilled melodicist.
On a whole the album still got 3/5 stars. Read the full review here. Thank you Jon!
Dutch site Rockportaal has written a rather nice review of the Age Of Aquarius album. Here the English translation:
Rock Company is a Dutch record label that was founded in 1987 and has the primary goal of promoting music in every way possible. The label does this by, among other things, releasing music, writing about music and broadcasting music via the internet. Thereby one focuses on progressive rock and related genres.
One of the bands – or even better duo – on this label is Age Of Aquarius. They consist of the Dutchman Peter Cox, who plays all the instruments on this album and the British singer Zoe Ehinger, responsible for all lyrics. Multi-instrumentalist and singer Peter Cox is a name unknown to me in the music business. Nevertheless, the man has been making his mark on the genre for quite some time, as evidenced by his involvement with the groups Chinawhite, Forest Field and Earthshine.
Dawn Of The Age Of Aquarius is about big changes and the destruction of the old, which will eventually create the new. Uranus, God of heaven and heavens, is the ruler of Aquarius. Destruction and change are the most important parts of this sign, which then brings new thinking, creativity and brings people back to life. Reasonably spicy food that you have to be open to.
Musically the album is a lot easier to digest. The ten generally melancholic songs, three of which are instrumental, listen pleasantly and simply. The song structures are generally simple, with the strong guitar playing of Peter Cox having the upper hand. I do not always appreciate the vocals of Zoe Ehinger. In my opinion, her vocals come into its own in more dark-colored songs such as The Water Bearer, Uranian Utopia and the beautiful Mercury Rising. Sometimes she tends to bite off more than she can chew. This is at the expense of purity, such as the more up-tempo Darling Jupiter. The album has a strong final chord with Saturnian Chaos. In addition to the three instrumental numbers, I think the best song. The guitar playing is firmer and more pointed, the rhythm is tighter and the vocals of Zoe Ehinger, who reminds of Grace Jones, are simply very strong.
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.
Seems our artists still fare well in the One World Music RadioRockTop30!
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!
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 🙂
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.
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: