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CORVUS STONE

Corvus Stone

 

Crossover Prog

3.93 | 143 ratings

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cyberfloat
5 stars Corvus Stone - which features members of BunChakeze, Progeland and Raven, have released their debut self-titled album.

One song from the album was recently featured on a charity album dedicated to relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Although the actual band Corvus Stone is a reasonably new outfit, the various members of the group have some notable musical pedigrees. Guitarist Colin Tench is known for his work in BunChakeze, Road to Avalon (featuring former Flower Kings drummer Zoltan Csörsz Jr.) and the Colin Tench Project. Petri Lemmy Lindström (bass) plays in Progeland and Saturn Twilight and was formerly in Lyijykomppania. Keyboardist Pasi Koivu has performed as a solo artist and with Psychedelic Eye. Drummer Robert Wolff was previously in Raven and Micah. The album also includes guest appearances by Blake Carpenter of Road to Avalon and Minstrel's Ghost (vocals) and John Culley (Black Widow and Odin) who provides guitar on one song. So much for the heritage and credentails of the band, now, what about the music? Should you be buying this, or is it another 'supergroup' album that doesn't really deliver?

Actually, this album really does deliver on so many levels, from the fantastic artwork by Sonia Mota to the distinctive and emotive guitar playing by Colin Tench, wonderfully old school keybaord sounds from Pasi Koivu, creative AND supportive bass playing from Lemmy (not that one!!) and with the contribution of Blake Carpenter's vocals this makes for a very rewarding listening experience indeed.

Be prepared to invest in some in depth and focused listening sessions though and you will be rewarded with a better understanding of the complexities of the music. Although it is perfectly acceptable as a casual listening experience, you will be depriving yourself of so much more if you don't listen to it many times, and carefully, to reveal the creative nuances of the writing and playing.

No track by track critique from me as it's a very long album, just a couple of seconds shy of 80 minutes!!, rather an urging to find out for yourself. There is a wide range of styles and influences on this album that only become clear after several listens which makes it all the more astounding for a debut album. Although, i guess, this is as much of a reflection on the combined expertise of the individual members becoming greater than the sum of it's parts.

As Colin told me recently "As long as everyone is allowed to do what they want. If someone tells the others what to do, that magic is lost really" Very true sentiments in my opinion and a truly 'progressive' attitude.

cyberfloat | 5/5 |

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