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Computerchemist – Signatures Vol 1 & 2 (2013)

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The new double album ‘Signatures 1 & 2, by much talented Dave Pearson (aka Computerchemist) reveals both krautrock, electronics and progressive rock at it’s very finest. Starting with ‘Signatures I’, we will travel into the world of krautrock for sure, especially the first half of the album it’s very evident. It’s like listening to some of the best ‘Tangerine Dream’ music from the early 70’s. It strikes you immediately that the mighty ‘Computerchemist’ has been influenced by this supergroup to a large extent. And while the first half of the album is TD oriented in many ways, the later half is aching much more towards the sounds of ‘Ozric Tentacles’ if you ask me. The cosmic shimmering sounds along with the powerful drumming takes place, it’s almost like listenng to a one-man Ozric army. Dave certainly knows every trick in the book, and with this album he has eclipsed himself once again.Very tasty intricate cosmic rock from start to finish!.

 

 

 

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As we move along, we get to his other album called ‘Signatures II’. This album (being my fave of the two) is leaning much more towards electronic rock. But the obvious oozing sounds of Ozric Tentacles cannot be escaped!. Just listen to the amazing piece ‘Floor Zero’ and you’ll be in for a lush treat for sure. The very tasty sounds of the guitars and ethereal synths will leave you quite breathless I’d say. My favorite track on the album without a doubt!.

Pour a bit of ‘Ozric Tentacle’, then add some tasty Pink Floyd sounds mixed with some classic Tangerine Dream textures. Stir well, then add a bucketload of Dave Pearson’s own imaginative style. Shake again and stir it well, and you’ll have the latest Computerchemist masterpiece!.  I would easily and without a doubt recommend this double album to listeners who crave for an infectious and adventurous Berlin-influenced journey, with a dash of prog rock thrown in the mix.

January 6, 2013 Posted by | Progressive Electronic Music, Progressive Rock Music | | Leave a comment

F.D.Project – 47:24 (Homage to Tangerine Dream)

The music you will hear on this album is more or less a homage to Tangerine Dream’s classic album ‘Tangram’ or perhaps it’s leaning more towards the album ‘Logos’, you decide. Whatever you choose it to be, this album has lots and lots of goodies to deliver to your ears. Frank Dorittke shows that it’s not neccesary to have a line-up consisting of 4 or 5 persons to conjure up a great sounding long-form EM trip. Yet again we get to hear Frank’s lushious guitar playing here and there, though most of it will be featured near the end of the CD. And on top of that there will be quite a few ear pleasing EM moments, and fans of long and slowly evolving sequencing will find lots to enjoy on this disc. Surely 47:24 is not as good as say ‘Tangram’ if you ask me, but there are many similarities, and what stands out from the rest is Frank’s brilliant, sometimes subtle, use of his guitar playing that shows up here and there when you least expect it. But when those moments kicks in you will be in for a real treat and sometimes even get a little surprised!. I like this album alot, it’s not a masterpiece, but not far from it either. Simply put, if you like TD in general then I’m sure you will find quite alot on this release to please your ears from time to time!. Recommended! 3.5 stars out of 5 from me!.

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Progressive Rock Music, Synth Music | | Leave a comment

Harald Nies – Earth Creator “Music for Daydreaming”

With ‘Earthcreator’, Harald has developed and matured even more. He certainly shows he is able to do everything ranging from ambient, and chill-out music, to a more progressive-rock oriented band-like feel with a dash of ‘Pink Floyd guitars’. I have all of Harald’s albums in my collection, and this one is, just like the press info says, one of his best, right beside ‘Cryptic Labyrinth’ and ‘Magnetic Deflection’. Though, It has a deeper progressive feel to it and more guitars added than any of his other releases, with perhaps the exception for ‘Cryptic Labyrinth’.

I personally like the first track ‘Seven Features In One Dream’ the most. Mainly because of the “massive” use of guitars in it, but also because it develops in a very dreamy way with melody and structure that does it’s job very well throughout. Another great piece is ‘Dividing Waters’. A track with long dreamy/atmospheric sequences that builds this nicely done track in a lush way, and also a track that shows Harald’s more melodic side. This track wouldn’t be too far out of place somewhere on a mid 80’s Planetarium CD. A rather cinematic journey with a beautiful deep-space feel. A grand experience to my ears!
Then we have ‘Interaction of Elements’. It’s yet another spacey and atmospheric journey with a beautiful deep space factor to it. This shows especially in the beginning of the track as the sequencing takes place in the background accompanied with the sounds of flutes, and soon another sequence starts, just to add more depth and emotion as the dreamy synth sounds progresses, and at the same time takes you higher and higher.
The other tracks are good as well, but not as “complex” and beautiful as the above mentioned. So all in all, this CD is a must-have for those who are familiar with Harald’s earlier works. As for the newcomers. Start with either this album or ‘Cryptic Labyrinth’ to get a feel what Nies music is all about. Either way, this is top notch EM with a solid prog-rock flavor!  Buy this CD and stop Dreaming and start Daydreaming! Recommended!
4 stars out of 5 from me!

April 1, 2010 Posted by | Progressive Electronic Music, Progressive Rock Music | | Leave a comment

Guido Meyer – Durathon “Guitar Ambience On Fire”

If you’re not familiar with Guido Meyer and his music, then let me tell you this. It goes without saying that Guido “guitar maestro” Meyer knows what he’s doing here. This guy knows how to cast a spell on both E-guitars and Electronic music equipment. Guido has released quite a few Instrumental guitar driven EM albums in the past few years, and this one is no different to those, or is it? I would say, Yes!.

Guido Meyer has matured alot since the release of ‘Towards the Blue Horizon’ and ‘Lightyears’. The sound is heavier this time with a more raw guitar approach.The track ‘Durathon’ is such a track, and a hell of an infectious one it is!. It’s my favorite track and totally amazed me at 1st listen, and still does (after many many listenings) with it’s great rhythmic guitar sound along with some electronic sounds that keeps the excitement going on a high level. Next track ‘Mechanix’ is another winning piece that is kind of like a follow-up to ‘Durathon’ in my ears. Slightly more drums & bass and a even rockier edge is what you will hear. Fans of ‘Maxxess’ and ‘Phil Odins’ will find lots to indulge on this track, it’s simply awesome!. After these two tracks the pace gets slower and we find ourselfes in a another ‘territory’. ‘Square Circles” is pretty much about piano and sequencing, it sounds a bit like Rene Splinter’s music, especially the sequencing parts. The track ‘Ginalytic’ is almost a bit industrial/electro sounding at first glance, but later it incorporates some other interesting sounds that builds the track up very nicely all the way through. Later the track ‘The Ewinger’ bounces in and kicks off with a heavy rhythm, and  is soon accompanied by lush electronic sounds that makes this track another winner. The flow is awesome and it builds nicely with many different distinctive synth sounds that washes over you as you listen. This track showcases that Guido is capable of not only playing the E-guitar, but he also knows how to make cracking Electronic music in his own way, sounding like nobody else but himself. The last track is called ‘Lightning Man’, and what a way to finish this, so far, excellent album!. A moody beat appears with some long atmospheric sounds, and is soon followed by a another clear synth sound, indicating the lush and serene sounds that follows throughout the whole track. Not my favorite track, but a great way to round off such a fantastic album!. Highly Recommened album for fellow Maxxess & Meyer fans, but also for fans who want to explore a new territory in instrumental music, with a tasty mix of E-guitars and electronic music. 5 stars out of 5 from me. Another brilliant Guido Meyer album!

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Progressive Electronic Music, Progressive Rock Music | | Leave a comment

Pete M – Alien 8 Yourself “Ready To Get Alien 8:ed?”

I have heard a whole lot of instrumental guitar based music through the years, everything ranging from Neal Schon, Maxxess, Steve Vai and Vinnie Moore to Tangerine Dream and Guido Meyer.
And I have some good news. This album is much more than just your ordinary guitar based music, alot more.

Think of instrumental guitar music with a dash of synthesized ‘speech’ and you will get a good idea of what to expect from this highly Original album. It could best be described as a cross between Maxxess and Guido Meyer, with a large ammount of Peter Murr’s own talent. And this can certainly be heard on
tracks such as ‘Camera Shy’ and ‘Tide Of Destiny’. It didn’t take long before I was hooked on this masterpiece, to be honest it took only two listenings to realize that this disc delivers it all, and everything I want from an Original sounding guitar oriented album.

The opening track ‘Alien 8 yourself’ kicks in with some spacious sound effects (and speech), and soon afterwards some fast paced guitar work is thrown into the mix. It reminds me alot of what Joe Satriani did back in the 80’s. The following track called ‘Left In The Dark’ is also a well-crafted experience with some raw guitar work emerging
out of the blue. This is one of the more rhythmic side of things on the CD.

Next comes ‘Metal Jacket’, containing a great deal of experimental guitar work. This has something for lovers of both progressive and straight forward rock. A track not to be missed!.

After rain comes the sun, and this is where things start to shine brightly. ‘Nuvo Groov’ follows with
excellent flow throughout. It’s very uptempo and gives the listener a real energy boost. Some juicy stuff on this
one. Takes slightly more time to fully appreciate, but once you have, you’re hooked. I know I am.

I mentioned Maxxess before. And ‘Kikked Out’ is one of those tracks where I instantly get reminded about his music.
A very interesting track with some groovy rhythm and guitars that really shows off. A track that is quite focused on drums and guitars more than any other.

Things seems to only get better and better, and yes, in this case it’s so true!. ‘Soul Hibernation’ sets a new standard in instrumental guitar music. This is definetely one of my favorites. A highly emotional piece with a great deal of slow guitar sounding extravaganza that slowly builds to a inferno of blistering guitar work. Both Maxxess fans and Neal Schon fans will love this one. And it is also reason enough to buy the CD!.

You’ve had enough yet? Well, next track isn’t for the faint of heart. The track ‘Citrus Twist’ is sure to put you on a rollercoaster ride with rapid fire guitars all the way through, followed by the track ‘Itchy Feet’ that is even more powerful in terms of rhythm and structure. More stand-out tracks!.

Let’s get rocked. The track ‘Grub’ is sure to please those who likes more ‘layed back’ guitar work with a deep and groovy feel. Good good!. Have I had enough yet? No way.

The real highlight on the disc is ‘Like Clockwork’. And this one is the most emotionally structured piece so far. Starting out with something that could have been done by Maxxess, slowly shows something entirely different. A very slow and echoing guitar with some reverb opens up the track which then follows up with a mid-tempo guitar Tour-De-Force that later finishes the track in a delicate way.

‘Camera Shy’ comes next and showcases an interesting side of Pete M. A powerful track containing some cool ‘camera effects’ and some very lush guitar work throughout. It adds to the flavour!. Great track!

And when the CD is about to close in we get to hear the majestic track called ‘Tide Of Destiny’. A real powerhouse of a track and delivers the best of both worlds. This definetely got me thinking of Vinnie Moore, Neal Schon & Patrick Rondat. And it does sound like a mix of all of those mentioned, but still, it also has it’s own Originality, and it certainly shows in the mid-section of the track and onwards. Bombastic stuff of the highest calibre!. The album ends the same way it opened the disc. What a way to finish this fantastic album!

March 29, 2010 Posted by | Progressive Rock Music | Leave a comment

Computerchemist – Aqual Measure “A masterpiece of it’s own!”

Computerchemist is a project of Dave Pearson, from Hungary. His music has been quite influenced by other EM artists such as Klaus Schulze & Tangerine Dream, and this album `Aqual Measure’ is a great recipe of how it sounds if we mix the best of both worlds in terms of EM. Think of Tangerine Dream (circa 75-85) meets Dave’s own distinctive ideas, and you’ll have a fairly good idea of what to expect on this incredible CD. Let’s get on with the review…

The opening track `Tantric Race’ is a slow moving and hypnotic journey that captures many different aspects of the EM `scene’. It develops in a great harmonic way with sequencers & Electric guitars that literarly sucks you right into “the action”. It reminds me a lot of what Guido Meyer did on the album `Lightyears‘, with the exception that this track takes the advantage of more drum effects. A slow and steady with a nice flow that surprises the listener. Great opening track!
Next comes `Danube Flow’, which is another rather slow track, and features some nice sequencing. It also consists of more drum effects and less guitars, but despite that, there are enough things going on to keep the excitement up, and it is most notably around the 7 minute mark and onward, as things are starting to develop real nice. This track is perhaps more for the fan base of Klaus Schulze, but overall I really love this one. A true `grower’!
I have something very important to tell you. It’s about the track `Mirage’ on this CD. And you better pay attention to this one, because here we have what dreams are made of, and I really mean it! This is one of the stand-out tracks on the entire CD. It opens up with some gorgeous sequences that emerge slowly into a wave of blistering guitars that simply puts a spell on you at first listen. I would have to say that it is probably one of those tracks that could best be described as a cross between Dave’s own imaginative guitar sound, TD‘s album `Underwater Sunlight’ and last but not least `Strange Inside’. The only different is, this track is slightly more rhythmic, and with an atmosphere that is very hard to beat. Simply put, marvelous!
The title track `Aqual Measure’ is another Grand experience. I’d say this is the albums most majestic and well structured piece. It starts with some lush sounding synthesizers that are swooshing back and forth, while the piano keeps the structure of the track intact. Later we can hear a gorgeous guitar kicking in, a guitar sound that HAS to be heard. It closes almost the same way it opened, the emotional and moody way. The atmosphere in this track is unbelievable, I can’t recommend this piece enough. The lead guitar parts were played by Uwe Cremer, who collaborated with Dave on this particular track. Pure Gold!
`Standing Waves Standing Still’ reminds me a lot of `Robert Schroeder‘s music, there are many aspects of his sound in this one, most notably from his earlier works which is a good thing. Fans of the 70’s EM sound will be delightful. I would say it’s a track that contains more “Schulze‘ sounds than any of the other tracks. The structure of this track is a rather mixed bag, it’s like it or leave it basicly, and also the only track that didn’t quite grab my attention to 100%. That said, it has some evocative and hypnotic sounds and ends with nice piano effects that will most likely please fans of Klaus Schulze!
`Atlantic Rift’ is a very dark and eerie experience. This is Dave at one of his “darkest” hours. The intro is very similar to `Lustmord‘ and `Beyond Sensory Experience’ with it’s dark mood, but around the 4 minute mark, things are starting to kick in. Darkness reveals brightness and the synths are starting to take effect to their full potential. At this stage it sounds very much like Gert Emmens. But with the “flute” effects and Dave’s distinctive synth work surrounding you at the same time, it certainly shows that this could only have been done by Dave himself. And oh! You will be caught by a surprise aswell, but you will have to experience that part yourself. What a wonderful way to finish this cracking album!

The verdict is the following. I have been a long time fan of Dave’s work (and a lover of progressive rock), I would even go as far and say I’m his No:1 fan, and out of the four albums he has released so far I find this album to be his best, a definite MUST BUY!. If you liked `Landform’ then you will LOVE this. Also, fans of TD‘s albums `Green Desert’ & `Underwater Sunlight’ will want to have this in their collection. It has all the hypnotic moments from the 70’s and the emotional moments from the 80’s….what else is missing? Nothing! It’s all here!. A masterpiece!

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Progressive Rock Music | | Leave a comment

Maxxess – Ultra “Ultra tasty guitars with a twist!”

Mindblowing..Stunning..Cracking..Awesome..Masterpiece..You name it!. There aren’t words enough to describe how this new CD by ‘Maxxess‘ greeted me when I first popped it into my CD player.

Here we have yet another extraordinary disc filled with blazing melodic guitar playing along with some sweeping & stunning electronica added to the menu. The tracks are more or less of the same calibre that we are used to hear on his previous CD’s, especially on the album ‘The Sequel’ as it sounds quite similar to that one. The difference on this album though lies pretty much in the guitar work. This time Maxx shows that he has enriched his music even more with much longer played ethereal and echoing guitar parts that sweeps through all the tracks with perfection, and sounds better than ever.
It simply has to be heard!. All tracks are winners here, but despite that, I have my two favorites, and they are ‘The Unknown’ and ‘Downhill’. These two pieces showcases some truly unique production and structure. They are rather slow and filled with some gorgeous electronic lead lines that sweeps in lush harmony, and the guitar sound that comes along is very impressive. It almost makes me want to jump up my chair and dance to the rhythmic beat that follows the songs from start to finish. Or even better, pick up the guitar and strike a few solos!.
Another masterpiece is the last track ‘Fieberwahn’. This track is filled with slowly emerging synths and a stunning added depth in which continues the same way along with some very emotional guitar playing played immaculate through the whole track. Another addictive track that I simply just can’t stop listening to. In fact, the whole CD is addictive, and being a long time Maxxess fan, I have to say this one goes right up there besides ‘The Sequel’ & ‘Contact’. It’s just that his CD is better, in fact, it’s the best of them all!. Melodic guitar grooves doesn’t get much better than this!

A masterpiece! Extremely Recommended! 5 stars out of 5 from me!

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Progressive Rock Music | | Leave a comment