Header

CANTUS FIRMUS

Advent

Eclectic Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Advent Cantus Firmus album cover
3.44 | 47 ratings | 17 reviews | 21% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential


Write a review
Buy ADVENT Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. GK Contramundum (2:00)
2. Awaiting the Call. (5:10)
3. Parenting Parents (6:45)
4. Utter Once Her Name (5:30)
5. Remembering When (4:00)
6. Ramblin' Sailor (18:14
7. Your Healing Hand (8:18)
8. Firmus Finale (4:40)
9. Rear View Mirror (Bonus Track) (3:34)
10. Alison Waits (A Ghost Story) (Bonus Track) (10:40)

Total Time: 69:16

Lyrics

Search ADVENT Cantus Firmus lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search ADVENT Cantus Firmus tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Alan Benjamin / guitars, basses, stick, mandolin, recorder
- Henry Ptak / keyboards, lead vocals, backing vocals, percussion
- Mark Ptak / keyboards, backing vocals, percussion
- Drew Siciliano / drums
- Shunji Saegusa / guest on "Ramblin' Sailor", bass
- Ken Serio / guest on "Alison Waits", drums

Releases information

contains 2 Bonus Tracks previously unreleased 24-track recordings

Thanks to KingBarbarossa for the addition
and to ProgLucky for the last updates
Edit this entry

ADVENT MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy ADVENT Cantus Firmus Music


Naked & ColdNaked & Cold
Solid State Records 2009
Audio CD$6.80
$1.37 (used)
Remove the EarthRemove the Earth
Tooth & Nail Records 2008
Audio CD$1.99
$1.00 (used)
Cantus FirmusCantus Firmus
CD Baby 2012
Audio CD$13.41
$7.14 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Gregorian Jubilation! Traditional & Ancient Songs of Christmas Advent (CASSETTE) US $4.99 [0 bids]
39m 24s
GOD FROM GOD New Songs Advent/Christmas DEAN PULCINI Voyage Singers SEALED CD US $4.99 [0 bids]
US $6.99 Buy It Now
1h 52m
Family Advent Celebration, Holiday Cassette, Creating New Family Traditions! US $3.50 [0 bids]
US $5.00 Buy It Now
2h 45m
JOHNNY SHINES Rare Chicago Blues LP ORIG. 1974 ADVENT RECORDS 2803 VG+ US $14.99 [0 bids]
4h 52m
BILL DOBBINS JAZZ ORCHESTRA, THE: Textures (Jazz Advent 5003 VG+ Vinyl LP) US $10.00 Buy It Now 4h 55m
IMMEMORIAL / APRIL ETHEREAL - Monologue / Advent lot of 2 CDs BLACK Dark US $7.00 [0 bids]
5h 37m
AUSTIN ROBERTS & ADVENT - EIGHT DAYS - ROCK MUSICAL - 1976 SEALED LP ! ! ! ! US $24.95 Buy It Now 8h 35m
AVERSE SEFIRA - ADVENT PARALLAX * - NEW CD US $2.94 Buy It Now 13h 39m
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK UK 1990 LTD ADVENT SLEEVE 7" Single This One's For The Chi US $5.69 Buy It Now 14h 8m
BACH, JOHANN SEBASTI - BACH: ADVENT CANTATAS - NEW CD US $12.03 Buy It Now 16h 8m
ULTRA RARE ADVENT EVERTHINGS GONE GREEN REMIXES IMPORTCD! NEAR MINT CONDITION!!! US $9.99 [0 bids]
17h 48m
Bach: Advent Cantatas - Argenta Lang Gardiner DG ARCHIV SEALED US $25.99 Buy It Now 18h 41m
Music Of Paul W. Whear London Concert Advent 5001 SEALED RARE US $30.00 Buy It Now 19h
Musical Advent Calendar Vol. 5, New Music US $10.02 Buy It Now 19h 43m
Schola Hungarica,Schola Hungarica,Dobszay : Advent & Christmas Gregorian Chants US $3.98 Buy It Now 21h 3m
Musical Advent Calendar 2011, New Music US $10.19 Buy It Now 21h 23m
Brian Dykstra,Piano-Something Like a Rag-Hard to Find 1976 Advent LP-Signed US $22.99 [0 bids]
21h 33m
Advent & Christmas Cantatas (Box), New Music US $28.39 Buy It Now 22h 3m
The Musical Advent Calendar, New Music US $12.17 Buy It Now 22h 3m
ARCHIV 6xLPs stereo kantaten advent & christmas RICHTER, MATHIS, FISCHER-DIESKAU US $28.05 Buy It Now 1 day
Ulrik Spang-Hanssen, Dietrich Buxtehude - Complete Organ Works (Advent, Weihnach US $32.96 Buy It Now 1 day
Tom Jacobs- Advent Into Christmas- acoustic ensemble- mint CD US $5.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Strongarm - Advent Of A Miracle TEST PRESSING 12" Vinyl LP Zao Shai Hulud US $74.99 [0 bids]
1 day
ADVENT - DAHEIM, BAYRISCHES,10 20135-1 STEREO MADE IN GERMANY LP; NEAR MINT/EXC US $6.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Bach - Advent Cantata and Magnificat - Munich Bach Choir & Orch/Karl Richter(DG) US $3.99 Buy It Now 1 day
O Great Mystery and Wonderful Sign Music for the Seasons of Advent US $4.99 [0 bids]
US $6.99 Buy It Now
1 day
Advent - Demo 1990's Cassette US $9.97 [0 bids]
1 day
Advent - Demo 1990's Cassette US $9.97 [0 bids]
1 day
Advent Rising-2005-Video Game Original Soundtrack CD US $26.78 Buy It Now 1 day
KARL HEINRICH WAGGERL LIEST ADVENT LP - CHRISTOPHORUS #75861 TOBI REISER QUINTET US $3.99 Buy It Now 1 day
EX Rare Blues Compilation LP: San Diego Blues Jam ~ Advent 2804 ~ 1974 US $30.00 Buy It Now 1 day
The Ambrosian Singers(Vinyl LP)Renaissance Music From Advent To Christmas-VG/Ex US $8.63 Buy It Now 1 day
YEREMY THE 2nd ADVENT JAPAN CD OOP W/OBI SEALED CD US $21.99 Buy It Now 1 day
THE ADVENT past forward 12" VG+ CNFR 013 Italy Techno 2000 Record US $6.00 Buy It Now 1 day
HEAVY METAL - Averse Sefira - Advent Parallax - CD US $1.99 [0 bids]
1 day
CHOIR OF MERTON COLLEGE**ADVENT AT MERTON**CD US $18.50 Buy It Now 1 day
Advent & Christmas Cantatas - Karl Richter New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shippi US $33.66 Buy It Now 2 days
GRAHAM ROSS/CHOIR OF CLARE COLLEGE**VENI EMMANUEL: MUSIC FOR ADVENT**CD US $18.50 Buy It Now 2 days
Sonny Rhodes "I Don't Want My Blues Colored Bright" Original 1977 Advent No 2808 US $24.99 [0 bids]
US $32.49 Buy It Now
2 days
PLAINCHANT - ADVENT IN WINCHESTER: O COME, EMMANUEL - NEW CD US $19.90 Buy It Now 2 days
Dick Gaughan A Different Kind Of Love Song Advent 3604 US $6.97 Buy It Now 2 days
LEDGER procession with carols on advent sunday LP Mint- ASD 3907 Vinyl 1981 US $9.10 Buy It Now 2 days
ADVENT - Naked And Cold - Christian Music CCM - Rock Metal CD US $8.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Hymns for All Saints Advent Christmas Epiphany Thrivent Financial for Lutherans US $6.60 Buy It Now 2 days
ROBINSON / CHOIR OF ST JOHN COLLEGE - ADVENT CAROLS FROM ST JOHN'S NEW CD US $21.39 Buy It Now 2 days
ADVENT SINGEN ZU SALZBURG LP (IMPORT) GERMANY US $6.99 [0 bids]
2 days
ROBERT JR. LOCKWOOD - Blues Live in Japan LP '76 Advent US $50.00 Buy It Now 2 days
ADVENT - The Dawn CD Cradle Of Filth Demonic Resurrection US $5.30 [0 bids]
2 days
The Advent - Shaded Elementz CD 1996 8trk INTERNAL US $48.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Quad MICHAEL MURRAY franck organ of saint meinrad archabbey LP VG+ ADVENT 5007 US $39.00 Buy It Now 2 days
GERMANY import THE ADVENT Sketched For Life 2-CD TRESOR 2002 NEW sealed US $29.98 Buy It Now 2 days
AN ADVENT PROCESSIONS BASED ON THE GREAT "O" ANTIPHONS - NEW CD US $17.02 Buy It Now 2 days
ADVENT The Dawn CD 2003 Golden Lake US $4.99 Buy It Now 2 days
K"LNER KANTOREI - ADVENT [K"LNER KANTOREI] - NEW CD US $14.45 Buy It Now 2 days
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS LITURGY AT CORPUS CHRISTI MONASTERY JAMES A BURNS RPC RECOR US $4.88 [0 bids]
2 days
U2 If God Will Send His Angels UK promotional-only 16"x12" advent calend SEALED US $149.99 Buy It Now 2 days
DAI The Advent 1993 Monitor prokion krabathor chirurgia kryptor tortura US $89.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Grailville Sings "Music Of Advent And Christmas" Audio Fidellity #AFLP 1820 US $12.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Choir Of St John's College - Advent Carols From St Johns [CD New] US $14.85 Buy It Now 2 days
Choirs Of St. Mark's Cathedral - Advent Procession-Based On Gre [CD New] US $13.52 Buy It Now 2 days
Rare Vintage NEW Sealed 1983 THE WORDBIRDS & RADIO J-O-Y Musical Advent Album LP US $14.99 Buy It Now 2 days
ADVENT PROCESSION / VARIOUS NEW CD US $22.85 Buy It Now 2 days
Cypriot Advent Antiphons (CD, Oct-2009, DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) US $6.88 Buy It Now 2 days
Advent & Christmas - Gregorian Chants (Cassette, Laserlight (USA)) US $6.99 Buy It Now 2 days
JOHN SCOTT**ADVENT AT ST. PAUL'S**CD US $10.13 Buy It Now 2 days
PALESTRINA, GIOVANNI - FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT: AN ADVENT PROCESSION - NEW CD US $15.89 Buy It Now 2 days
In Dulci Jubilo: Music for Advent and Christmas (CD, Oct-1999, ASV) US $2.99 Buy It Now 2 days
PRAETORIUS / ISAAK ENSEMBLE HEIDELBERG - ADVENT CHRISTMAS MUSIC NEW CD US $14.79 Buy It Now 3 days
J.S. Bach - Cantatas For Advent [CD New] US $14.25 Buy It Now 3 days
2008 MUSICAL ADVENT CALENDAR / VARIOUS NEW CD US $22.85 Buy It Now 3 days
SAINIHONSERN advent und weihnachtslieder LP Mint- LP 63385 Vinyl Record US $30.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Musical Advent Calendar - Musical Advent Calendar Vol. 5 [CD New] US $13.03 Buy It Now 3 days
Peter Alexander - Advent Mit Peter Alexander [CD New] US $13.98 Buy It Now 3 days
Richard Youngs - Advent [Vinyl New] US $17.33 Buy It Now 3 days
VAN NEVEL / HUELGAS ENSEMBLE - CYPRIOT ADVENT ANTIPHONS NEW CD US $13.32 Buy It Now 3 days
MICHAEL MURRAY dupre organ recital LP Mint- ADVENT 5014 Vinyl 1976 Audiophile US $22.50 Buy It Now 3 days
RAVENDUSK astroblack advent ORIG CD deivos US $5.00 [0 bids]
3 days
BRUCE COCKBURN Further Advent 1977 US Pro LP M- US $9.98 Buy It Now 3 days
AUSTIN ROBERTS & ADVENT: Eight Days (rock & pop vinyl LP) US $30.00 Buy It Now 3 days
6 LP Box Karl Richter Bach Kantaten Advent & Christmas Archiv Produktion NM US $6.99 [0 bids]
3 days
ZYPRIOTISCHE ADVENT-ANTIPHONEN - NEW CD US $6.83 Buy It Now 3 days
Boccherini Sammartini Avison Handel Vivaldi Biber New Musical Advent Calendar De US $25.32 Buy It Now 3 days
Musical Advent Calendar - Musical Advent Calendar Vol. 5 CD US $20.19 Buy It Now 3 days
J.S. Bach Poulenc Schubert Adam Coots Gies Reger P Musical Advent Calendar 2013 US $18.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Mainz Cathedral Choir - Musical Advent Calendar Vol. 6 CD US $20.19 Buy It Now 3 days
Handel Piazzolla Bach Vivaldi Gruber Bernard Hamme Musical Advent Calendar Jubil US $18.40 Buy It Now 3 days
J.S. Bach - Cantatas For Advent CD US $22.16 Buy It Now 3 days
Advent & Christmas Songs For Male Choir Of Five Ce CD US $22.16 Buy It Now 3 days
Various Artists - Advent Rising CD US $17.08 Buy It Now 3 days
Gregorian Chant - Advent & Christmas CD US $14.71 Buy It Now 3 days
Richard Youngs - Advent CD US $17.29 Buy It Now 3 days
St. Johns College Choir-Cambr - Fear & Rejoice O People-Advent CD US $18.16 Buy It Now 3 days
Peter Alexander - Advent Mit Peter Alexander CD US $15.85 Buy It Now 3 days
Heino - Die Himmel Rahmen Im Advent CD US $13.14 Buy It Now 3 days
THE ADVENT inn balance 12" Mint- SEISMIC013 Vinyl 2001 Record US $10.00 Buy It Now 3 days
LP BACH Chorales + Preludes Vol 3 Advent Christmas US $11.42 Buy It Now 3 days
THE ADVENT exit ep 12" VG+ KR011 Vinyl 2000 Record US $9.00 Buy It Now 3 days
THE ADVENT 3rd sketch 12" VG+ Tresor 156 Vinyl 2000 Record US $6.75 Buy It Now 3 days
Advent - Youngs,Richard New & Sealed LP Free Shipping US $19.18 Buy It Now 3 days
KANTOREI / VOLKER HEMPFLING - ADVENT NEW CD US $21.39 Buy It Now 3 days

More places to buy ADVENT music online Buy ADVENT & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for ADVENT DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

ADVENT Cantus Firmus ratings distribution


3.44
(47 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
21%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
30%
Good, but non-essential (36%)
36%
Collectors/fans only (11%)
11%
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)
2%

ADVENT Cantus Firmus reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by hdfisch
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Having not listened yet to their first one this brand-new second release by semi-professional band ADVENT I've to say is a very good and solid work in regard of Retro Prog. GG-reminiscenses are quite obvious especially in the vocal harmonies but as said already in the review for their debut those are not the only influences. Though I usually prefer to listen to the original bands from the 70s this one is certainly worth a couple of spins for any retro prog fan. Absolute highlight is for sure the 18-minute "Ramblin' Sailor" offering typical GG style with nice flute and multilayered vocals. Musicianship throughout the album is absolute flawless.

Wouldn't consider it an essential one, but anyway this work deserves 3,5 stars and anyone who's into that kind of stuff should support these excellent musicians by buying the CD.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to hdfisch (BETA) | Report this review (#77386) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, May 07, 2006

Review by Garion81
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Wow! I am just now finishing up my second listen to this great CD and may put it on again after this. This is the second offering from Advent, a New Jersey based symphonic rock band, although I understand the first CD may difficult to come by.

The first impression is that these guys are really influenced by Gentle Giant. Upon future review while that is very true in the vocals I find the music to be more inspired by Genesis, Jethro Tull and movie soundtracks as well as English Folk music. These guys are tight and play some great sweeping passages, somber reflective moments to lively rock moments. Starting off the CD with an great acapella vocal with a nod to GG is GK Contramundam that moves into a work called Awaiting the Call that reminds me of After the Ordeal by Genesis. They do this seamlessly with precision and mastery over and over again throughout the CD. Henry and Mark Ptak on keyboards do a great job of mixing sounds and styles. Alan Benjamin plays all the Basses and Guitars and reminds me of Steve Hackett in his guitar parts. Drew Sicilano rounds out the quartet with a great job on drums and percussion. He an Alan really hold it all together. The vocals, Henry and Mark Patak, are very good as well, the harmonies incredibly tight and well sung without straining.

The CD comes with two bonus songs from the first CD released in 1992 and remastered here. These two tracks are amazing in my mind. I can't wait to hear more from this group.

I am thinking anyone who fancies himself as a Symphonic Rock fan, Prog Folk or Genesis and Gentle Giant will find this a very good listen. 4 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Garion81 (BETA) | Report this review (#81159) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Review by ClemofNazareth
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk Researcher
3 stars Well first off, Spock’s Beard could take a few lessons from these guys in how to actually pull off an harmonized a cappella piece of music. Advent does this quite effectively on “GK Contramundum” and doesn’t come off sounding like a half-lit barbershop quartet, something Spock’s Beard always reminded me of.

That aside, this is a tasteful album that shows undeniable Gentle Giant influences in the soft, flowing passages and especially the laid-back drum work. I get the impression most of these guys are probably classically trained, as the arrangements seem to avoid typical rock compositions in favor of rather intricate and beautiful passages. “Awaiting the Call…” sounds more like something from the late eighties than 2006, and reminds me quite a bit of bands like Group 87 and Happy the Man.

“Parenting Parents” on the other hand is rich with mellow vocals and an almost lullaby tempo, building very slowly with lush keyboards and mandolin but never quite climaxing, and finally just fading away. Good for quiet evenings I suppose, but perhaps just a bit too languid for most people’s tastes. “Utter Once Her Name” consists mostly of electric piano and again the quiet vocals. At times the song almost fades out completely, brought back to life with strumming acoustic guitar and almost imperceptible flute (or maybe recorder).

“Remembering When” is another soft instrumental with acoustic guitar and lazy keyboards, but there’s a persistent thread of electric guitar that keeps threatening to take off, but never does.

The climax of the album is probably the eighteen minute “Ramblin’ Sailor”, a jaunty flute and keyboard sea tale with vocals that lean a bit toward some of the early Moody Blues albums. This is a spry piece of music that lacks much substance, but has some really nicely done vocal harmonies and probably tells a tale of some sort, but I can’t really be bothered to read the lyrics and find out what it’s all about. This is followed up by “Your Healing Hand”, which I gather is some sort of hymn, kind of sounds like something you’d hear in a Lutheran prayer service. Nicely done, but not all that accessible for most people I would think.

“Firmus Finale” opens like some sort of sci-fi soundtrack, and like “Awaiting the Call…” sounds like something that was stuck in a time capsule for a decade or so before being dusted off and committed to tape. “Rear View Window” is another bit of relaxed vocals and sparse keyboards, but not much else. This one is kind of a throwaway.

The closing “Alison Waits (A Ghost Story)” starts quite slowly, but manages to build around the middle with some pretty decent guitar, but otherwise seems to drag on several minutes too long and kind of loses its appeal around the five minute mark or so.

I don’t know much about these guys, but I will say that they are all top-notch musicians, and this is undoubtedly a progressive, perhaps even symphonic album. This would probably appeal to most Gentle Giant fans, and indeed these guys have done a couple of Gentle Giant tribute recordings as well, so their appeal to that audience is almost assured. Maybe some Camel fans as well, as the tempo on most of the tracks calls to mind some of the first recordings by that band. But overall I wouldn’t rank this as exceptional by any means, although it certainly qualifies as pretty decent. So three stars it is, and back to the middle of the pile for an occasional listen on rainy spring evenings.

peace

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to ClemofNazareth (BETA) | Report this review (#108446) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, January 22, 2007

Review by NJprogfan
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Fantastic album by a band from my home state...New Jersey! Comparisons to Gentle Giant, (listen to the first song) and Genesis are acurate, but I also hear some Happy The Man, especially in the very polished keyboard work and Gryphon. Their music is very sombre and busy, yet at times airy and light. Guitar work is very nice, bringing to mind Hackett during his more mellow and moody side. There's some cool wind instruments with flute and recorder. The recorder playing during their epic and best tune, "Ramblin' Sailor" definately reminds me of Gryphon. In fact, the whole album has a mixture of Celtic/Renaissance and a touch light symphonic with their impeccible vocalization, some of the best in prog right now. I don't know which of the brothers Ptak sings front and center but he reminds me of Phil Shulman with that deep yet delicate voice, very unique nowadays. Now if you're looking for some hard, major time signature changing prog try something else. This album is more inline with easy listening prog for those nights when you need to chill and bring you back to the days when times were much simpler. Just look at the album cover, (one of the best in years) it practically screams what you'll hear inside which is a 4 star gem!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to NJprogfan (BETA) | Report this review (#120692) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, May 03, 2007

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars It's very Gentle Giant!

The first reaction when I herd for the first time the music of ADVENT was really a Gentle Giant clone. I could get my feeling straight when I heard the opening acapella track "GK Contramundum" which is 100% Gentle Giant. This is the choirs that almost the same with Gentle Giant style. It reminds me to "So Sincere" song. It has the harmonies that qualify as Gentle Giant song - basically no instruments but the demonstration of choirs only. It moves to "Awaiting The Call" which basically an instrumental track similar to Gentle Giant but with some symphonic touch. The only difference between this music with Gentle Giant is the accentuation. In typical Gentle Giant track the "accentuated" choirs are typical trademark for the band. But it's not happening here with ADVENT as most of vocal lines and choirs are performed in smooth line instead of accentuation style.

"Parenting Parents" is a mellow track with low register vocal line with very close quality with Shulman brothers' vocal quality. The use of clavinet and long sustain keyboard work is very obvious here where there is no drums required to perform this track. "Utter Once Her Name" follows previous track with even more mellow track using acoustic guitar to accompany vocal, augmented with some keyboard at the back. The vocal makes some effort to make more accentuation here with this track but it's still has lost their energy.

"Remembering When" starts with acoustic guitar fills which flow relatively long and only when it passes 1 minute the electric guitar solo enters the music. This track seems like losing direction on the melody line because it's just showing the acoustic and electric guitar work perform music without any crystal clear melody - boring. It moves seamlessly to "Ramblin' Sailor" which has more energetic drive through vocal harmonies. The music is like an avant-garde experimentation, typical Gentle Giant track. People who do not know this band might have thought that this is a pure Gentle Giant track - 100% influence, I believe. When it reaches approx minute 3:32 the music has some symphonic exploration. This is an epic track which moves from one style to another with good breaks using acoustic guitar. The ending part f this track reminds me again to choirs of Gentle Giant.

"Your Healing Hand" is another mellow track which relies on vocal harmonies. Since there is lack of structural integrity from one segment to another, I find this track is boring too. "Firmus Finale" to deliver album finale.

Overall, this album might suit those who love Gentle Giant and see how ADVENT music is like. As far as my personal taste, this album does not give me emotional movement at all. I think this one is only good for collectors. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Gatot (BETA) | Report this review (#157227) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, December 31, 2007

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Neo Prog Team
3 stars ADVENT are the GENTLE GIANT of our decade for sure and that's how GENTLE GIANT would sound if they were a nowadays band...Very melodic music, really progressive to the bone with lot of emotional vocal lines...At times they remind me also of the more mellow moments of SHADOW GALLERY coming out of their debut album and also of another excellent US band, AJALON...The tracks generally do not differ very much, the GENTLE GIANT influence is obvious almost in every note...We can also listen to some excellent flute work in the epic of the disc ''Your healing hand'' which unfolds fast and easily due to its accesible and melodic musicianship...Fans of vocal oriented, melodic, GENTLE GIANT-ish music will just fall in love with ADVENT's work...True rating: 7/10, a very good, harmonic and enjoyable addition to any prog collection...

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to apps79 (BETA) | Report this review (#175309) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Adventīs second album Cantus Firmus is a mixed bag of music. The album is from 2006 but itīs obvious from the start that this is a retro prog rock album which draws itīs influences heavily from the big seventies prog rock bands like Gentle Giant, Kansas and Yes.

The first song with itīs a cappella polyrythmic singing is what mostly links Advent to Gentle Giant but there are a few instrumental moments too that leads me to think of that band. The music is pretty good allthough Cantus Firmus is not the most memorable or challenging album I have heard. Another american prog rock band also comes to mind and thatīs Cathedral. Advent isnīt anywhere near as good or original as Cathedral though.

The musicianship is very good even though Iīm not much of a fan of Henry Ptakīs voice. Itīs too low in the mix which probably doesnīt help either.

The production is a bit of a problem for me. It doesnīt sound fully professional to my ears and Iīm not enjoying myself with this sound. It doesnīt exactly ruin the music but it certainly doesnīt enhance my experience either.

The cover artwork is rather enjoyable for the eye and signals precisely what it should.

Advent could use a bit more originality in their music but otherwise this is actually a good album that Iīll rate 3 small stars. The problem is that there are so many other good albums in this style that I would rather listen to that this album will probably collect a lot of dust on my shelf and it might be closer to 2 stars than the 3 Iīm going to rate it.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to UMUR (BETA) | Report this review (#178813) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, August 04, 2008

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
4 stars Attempting to tackle the wondrously complex legacy of Gentle Giant is a lofty ideal that few have endeavored successfully because it requires capturing not just a bygone spirit but also the polyrhythmic techniques that make it so unique. These New Jersey amateur musicians remain highly qualified after an initial debut album that had many amazing ideas but was marred by a tinny production that did not really do full justice to their talents. "Cantus Primus" is their sophomore release and adequately irons out the previous creases, while encased in a gorgeous Michael Phipps cover artwork that enlightens their medieval rock leanings. After a brief multi-part counterpoint vocal hors d'oeuvre, the improved mood comes straight to the forefront on the splendid "Awaiting the Call", a sweeping dual keyboard instrumental adventure that has an immediate highly symphonic appeal, intricate guitar weavings that recall jazzier pastures not too far removed from early Stealy Dan and a dreamy climate that is ear candy of the highest order. "Parenting Parents" has the first "normal" vocal (ā la Minnear) within a gentle preamble, a slowly flourishing semi-pastoral piece that exudes a delicate charm within its nearly 7 minutes, with serene mellotron wisps that mystify and enchant. "Utter Once her Name" is another slow bloomer, very close in style to the previous track, but it frankly somehow fails to grab me as it remains highly ambient and fragile. "Remembering When" is another instrumental story, an Alan Benjamin acoustic guitar piece that incorporates some suave lead guitar, slippery Stick musings and a placid overall atmosphere. "Ramblin' Sailor" as the title implies is a more robust affair , clocking in at a whopping 18 minutes + with a mellifluous recorder leading the charge, a welcome addition that adds a little welcome melody to the complex vocal niceties that immediately recall the Giant. The epic colorations are at times exuberant, baffling and astute, a labyrinth of sound and composition that will certainly require many spin throughs before being completely assimilated. There are broad contrasting sections that keep things interesting, mostly led by a jovial electric guitar and some splashy drumming from new member Drew Siciliano, occasionally fleeting and then suddenly upbeat (generally the recorder is the prime motivator). The 8 minute "Your Healing Hand" gives a Gregorian echo to the proceedings, a soothing ode to fatherhood that has intense lyrics and dissonant/ambient leanings that are truly stimulating, with splendidly emotive chanting vocals, certainly one of the hallmark pieces here. "Firmus Finale" is another instrumental that closes out the recording, paving the way for 2 bonus tracks which are the equal of the prior tracks. It is a fanfarish number that has great merit and an ideal initial closer. The Ptak brothers on keys really give a stellar performance. The 2 bonus tracks are 1987 compositions that combine nicely with the mood with the short and dreamy "Rear View Mirror", a playful ditty that jingles nicely along, while "Alison Awaits (a Ghost Story)" is another epic piece clocking in over 10 minutes. A church organ "entrée en matičre" blends well with some classic vocal work, brooding guitar jangles and elaborate drum patterns from Ken Serio. This is a fine selection that was lovingly reworked from their original (and faulty) demo cassette and displays all the inspiring Gentle Giant/Symphonic influences that fuel the band's muse. While I enjoyed their debut a lot despite the crappy programmed drums, "Cantus Firmus" is a valued second step in their evolution. In no way a necessity to a collection, I still deeply admire unpretentious music lovers who record only for the "Thrill of it All". 4 Turnpike Panurges

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to tszirmay (BETA) | Report this review (#243759) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, October 09, 2009

Review by b_olariu
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Advent, this eclectic prog band from USA, deliver with their second album a pleasent , adventurous music but yet quite melacholic and with two much mellow parts. Cantus firmus is the nam of the release from 2006 and is for me as for many listners a mixed bag of good and inventive arrangements with almost boring parts. Considered the Gentle Giant of moder prog, Advent , never hide their influences and is showed big time here how Gentle Giant they sound from the first note to the last. While I do like this album, pieces like Awaiting the Call... and the longest and most intresting tune of the album an almost epic sided pieces Ramblin' Sailor clocking around 19 min, definetly needs attention, but the rest is quite ordinary yet not bad. I'm bothered by the two much mellow parts, to much vocal oriented passages. Well, what to say, some fans think that this is a very solid album, some that is almost mediocre, I'm in the middle, is ok most of the time with beautiful complicated parts but is far from a masterpiece or something alike. Aformentioned pieces are the best and the most complicated Advent ever done, from symphonic parts to more eclectic ones they did in the end a fairly decent album. 3 stars, very good cover art, shows perfectly what is inside the album, medieval prog rock.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to b_olariu (BETA) | Report this review (#821074) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, September 15, 2012

Latest members reviews

4 stars ADVENT "Cantus Firmus" is a very good example which you can make a very good work using old models and conceptions. Take a great portion of GENTLE GIANT and mix with smallest portions of GRYPHON and THE ENID music and you find the ADVENT style of progressive music. Vocal counterpoints -main ... (read more)

Report this review (#771976) | Posted by maryes | Friday, June 15, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The gift Advent bring to modern prog is the appreciation and value of space and discipline in music. While I feel the band has a lot of growth ahead, I definitely want to encourage them to keep at it: I love this kind of music; IMO, it is too rare in modern prog. 1. GK Contramundum (2:00)R ... (read more)

Report this review (#667993) | Posted by BrufordFreak | Monday, March 19, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Track 1 "GK Contramundum" is a very brave start to any CD, 2 minutes of pure vocal, this makes you sit up and think "wow" this band is different! Track 2 "Awaiting the Call" starts a bit jazz rock then envelopes into a lovely English 60's folk piece then back into the band sound. Lots of twi ... (read more)

Report this review (#375831) | Posted by usa prog music | Friday, January 07, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Finally, an album which hits the right tangents. Once in a blue moon, I get a bit of a blue period where everything is a struggle. Not that I am complaining. My life is excellent. But I am struggling in all aspects of life at the moment and I am also starting to feel my age. Accumulations of ... (read more)

Report this review (#277586) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Monday, April 12, 2010 | Review Permanlink

2 stars This is one of those releases that you come across and based on the album cover artwork, you dive in expecting to be taken on a journey through time. Having recently delved into the Renaissance/Medieval new age genre, I was hoping on a contemporary twist being given to some traditional music, if ... (read more)

Report this review (#275653) | Posted by pfdfcc | Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I honestly don't understand how every derivative neo-prog album here can have a bunch of so-called qualified Contributors handing out 5-stars like crack on the street, and yet an insanely talented band like Advent, who actually TRY to sound a bit different from the rest of the rabble, gets the b ... (read more)

Report this review (#244574) | Posted by Anteater | Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Composition/Creativity: 22/25 Structure of the songs is more focused without being standard or traditional in any way. The melodies and lyrics seem to work much better together than n their debut. Musicianship: 20/25 Very well played. Alan Benjamin has developed a real talent for cr ... (read more)

Report this review (#176924) | Posted by Trademark | Tuesday, July 15, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It would be almost impossible to review "Cantus Firmus" without reference to "Gentle Giant". I say this without taking anything away from Advent's latest release. I don't hesitate in saying that this is one of the finest records I've heard in a long while. Advent takes Gentle Giant to a new ... (read more)

Report this review (#80712) | Posted by Ewan | Thursday, June 08, 2006 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of ADVENT "Cantus Firmus"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.77 seconds