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Revelation Project


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5 stars Revelation Project, new to the music scene in 2005 has actually been working on their debut album release for some time now. Brilliant musicianship makes this an amazingly strong "must have" album whether you are into Progressive Rock or Symphonic Rock. This album could easily become a rock opera or stage play.

The release is a concept album based on the Book of Revelation from the Bible and applies to our present day lives and this generation. Any person who has the spirit of life will thoroughly enjoy the musical journey.

Reviews have compared Revelation Project to Dream Theater. While you do hear that influence the writing goes much deeper. Graeme Swallow's writing talents and musicianship are without a doubt as good as anyone in this genre of music or any genre for that matter. He has one of those rare talents to draw the listener in capturing your ear and your heart.

Revelation Project's vocals take the listener to new heights. Tom Bender, the lead singer pours his soulful emotions into this project. The ease and power of his voice stirs the listener as if seeing a great movie or your favorite book. Beautiful vocal harmonies add that special touch which in this reviewer's opinion believes is just icing on the cake.

Chelsea Wagner, who plays keyboards, and sings as well, shows a maturity far beyond her years. Now a college student she started with the band in high school. She not only adds to the overall sound with her keyboard playing ability but her voice enhances the songs adding an extra dimension and quality.

Dave Jonathan, who plays bass, and Russ Stack, on the drums, are the backbone and driving force that melds the music into a tightly knit sound. The rhythms are complex yet accessible and don't get much better in the music industry. I could compare the playing to many musicians but I will let you the listener, hear for yourself.

Revelation, the opening track, sets up the album concept with spoken voiceovers and sound effects which occur throughout the album. Slowly enters the music which is a recurring theme of the album. The very dramatic passages draw the listener in from the very beginning.

Decay, the second song on Revelation Project awakes your mind with a fast paced instrumental which portrait the World in chaos. The band really shows off their musicianship on this track.

Children, the next track seems to be both a warning of things yet to come but relates very much to present times. The suffering of the World and the innocence lost.

The album takes a turn slowing in pace but not intensity with the next song, Falling. Wonderful vocals and guitar solos stand out here as you could sometimes be reminiscent of David Gilmour at times. Impending doom seems certain yet gives complete hope to the masses of people with the lyrics here as the story continues.

Liars, is a powerful track throughout and a fan favorite. You will really see here all of the talent of the musicians in the band here with rolling swirling keyboard solos from Chelsea, and sweet guitar work from Graeme. Tom Bender throws his voice into high gear on this number. The tight rhythm on bass and drums are superb.

I've decided not to review every track. I would not want to spoil the album before you buy it and hear it for yourself. However, I will tell you what is to come. The story continues on taking you with them in the vision of the end of days.

Millennium, the next song has so much feeling which makes the listener sad for the past world but shows hope and promise of the beginning of the future arrival of the new coming glory. This song is reminiscent of the bands Genesis or Shadow Gallery. Tom Bender sings his heart out here and you feel the emotion in his voice. Harmonies abound on this track. All I can say is it is delightful listen. If a tear comes to your eyes or you get a chill down your spine, you will when you hear this composition. This song both dramatic and emotional is I dare say even like the master writer himself, Neal Morse.

Finally, the theme comes flooding back as in the beginning on the song, Delivered. Hope and faith are the message here. Mighty is the message. Starting out softly it builds and rises to a crescendo of power.

The last track, Doxology, sums up the album with the praise of the Creator in divine and heavenly fashion. Revelation Project takes you to the coming terrestrial and celestial events of the future. Revelation Project is one of the best albums in my opinion in 2005. The best new band on the progressive rock scene so far this year

For your own musical journey the band's website is

You can hear samples of the music. Pictures and bios are available and also the latest news on the bands activities. Please don't miss out on this special treat and do yourself a favor and listen. You will be grateful when you do. Revelation Project leaves no stone unturned. I highly recommend it!

On a scale of 10 it is off the charts. I suggest once you purchase the compact disc. Please listen to it straight through the first time. Relax and let the musical experience take you on a trip of enlightenment. Even though compared to other bands and musicians in my review, Revelation Project, is a fresh approach to music and a great listen with a style all of their own. Production is professional, and the cover art, exceptional.

Reviewed by Sun - Past Internet Radio Station Founder, and DJ, and most of all music fan. Spreading the good word.

Sunsoflight | 5/5 |


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