Reviews!

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Of course we send out all our releases to the press, hoping they will write about it. Alas not all magazines and websites let us know, but here a couple of recent reviews we enjoyed reading:

Heavy Paradise on Still Living – Ymmij And with a 9/10 score I think they liked the album as much as we do!

Zeitgeist – the Rocker also wrote about the Still Living album here. Plenty of good stuff according to Mr. H.!

Rockportaal wrote a piece about the Inserter album from Sunrise Auranaut. It is in Dutch, so some quotes:

  • lots of bombastic tinged instrumental prog spiced with jazzy influences with an overall Seventies mood
  • no easy digested songs here
  • a splendid listening challenge

The album gets comparisons with King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Par Lindh Project and classical composers like Grieg and Tchaikosky.

The Metal Mag spent time with the energetic Marenna live album Livin’ No Regrets. And calls it brilliant!

And also some words on the latest Earthshine release Abstract Patterns! Dmitry from DMME has a unique way of describing his listening experiences and had a few smiles to share.

Thanks to all the writers!

Sunrise Auranaut pay tribute to David Bowie

From the recent Inserter album from Sunrise Auranaut, comes this track, Hello, Star Man! And as you might have guessed, it is Vitaly’s tribute to the musical genius that was David Bowie! Enjoy

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Sunrise Auranaut video EPK

Next week, on March 9, we will release the fifth album from Sunrise Auranaut, Inserter. Russion multi-instrumentalist Vitaly Kiselev and his companion Alexander Malakhov on synthesizers once again raised the bar and created an album for fans of instrumental progressive rock. And since classical music is surely a great inspiration, expect complexity and a wide range of dynamics. An album meant to be listened to over and over again!

Check some samples in the video EPK:

New Pre-orders!

Sunrise Auranaut - Inserter marenna - livin no regretsAs of now you can pre-order the new albums from Marenna and Sunrise Auranaut! As usual for a discounted price until they are officially released. Shipping starts next week!

Livin’ No Regrets is a smoking live album, showing Marenna taking the stage by storm in their home town of Caxias do Sul – Brazil. No studio re-recording, just raw and in your face. A must have!

Inserter is album 5 for Russian multi-instrumentalist Vitaly Kiselev and sees him raising the bar once more. Stuck in another beautiful design by  Kiselev himself, this is essential for anyone serious about prog!

More reviews!

The latest bunch of reviews that have come in:

US site Sea Of Tranquility write about Sunrise Auranaut and The Ocean Of Unspoken Words here. It is well written, and honest, thank you Steven.

Tragik’s latest opus Tainted got a mixed review from French metal site Metal Integral. The original is here, and you can find a translation to English here.

And last but not least some reviews for Still Living and their wonderful Ymmij opus. German site Musikreviews wrote about theme here. And Dutch site RockPortaal’s findings you can read here. We will try to translate to English soon, or use Google :).

Free album!

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!

New Reviews!

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!

Sunrise Auranaut Reviews

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!

Rock Top 30 chart June

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!
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New Rock Company podcast

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