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3.56 | 13 ratings | 2 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Awaiting The Majesty Of Extremes (3:01)
2. The Detective In Disguise (2:18)
3. Report To The Fruitless Kingdom (1:22)
4. The Detective And Gary Prepare (1:17)
5. Searching The Swamps (4:09)
6. The Court Of The BlackMetal Princess (2:10)
7. Escape From The Crystal Caverns (3:47)
8. Descending The Crystal Mountain (2:10)
9. The Desert Of Trun (4:36)
10. Greetings From The Lilac Moon (1:09)
11. Seeking The Navigator (1:46)
12. Prisoner In The Brig (0:58)
13. Battle Upon The Space Galleon (2:09)
14. Awaiting The Sun (2:43)
15. Sailing The Electrolytic Ocean (3:08)
16. The Gift Of The Whirlpool Vortex (3:31)
17. Longing And Foreseeing (1:24)
18. The Uncompromising Blizzard (2:55)
19. The Cave (1:36)
20. An Unlikely Visitor (2:32)
21. Infiltrating The Fortress Of Absolute Zero (2:05)
22. Showdown In The Atrium Of Fallacious Foliage (1:53)
23. Homecoming In The Fruitless Kingdom (1:25)
24. The Destruction Of The Elevator (1:53)

Total Time: 56:02

Line-up / Musicians

- Jason Schimmel / distortion guitar
- Lewis Kijowski / lead guitar
- Kevin Kmetz / lead guitar, acoustic guitar
- Amir Yagmai / violin string sections, steel string guitar
- Ben Wendel / saxophone, flute, bassoon
- David Murray / drums, electronic drums, percussion, didjiridu, vocals, acoustic guitar, distortion guitar, keyboard, melodica, bass, flute, Fender rhodes
- Paul McKee / bass, mandolin, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, assortments, Fender rhodes
- Alfred Weisberg-Roberts / double bass, bass
- Joe Willis / keyboard (15,16)
- Mike Johnson / distortion guitar
- George Smith III / distortion guitar
- Nicole Feeder / mezzo soprano

Releases information

Bruhtal Shocks Music
Music by Dave Murray; Additional compositions by Joe Willis, Mike Johnson & Alfred Darlington

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
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Review by UMUR
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3 stars Part III: The Lilac Moon is the debut album by avant garde rock/ metal act The Deserts of Traun ( the genre catagorization is to be taken with a grain of salt as the music on this album almost defies catagorization). Its a project by former Estradasphere drummer David Murray. Most instruments and vocals are done by David Murray, but there are several guest musicians providing musical details on the album.

There are 24 short tracks on the album ranging from about 1 - 4 minutes in length. The musical styles go from everything between jazz, fusion, classical, black metal, death metal, electronic music and rock. An extremely eclectic album. The album is a sci-fi concept album where the titles of the songs give hints to the scenery. Ive been listening a lot to another one of David Murrays projects this last year ( Tholus) and I noticed a funny conceptual continuity detail. The first couple of minutes of Battle Upon The Space Galleon ( from Part III: The Lilac Moon) are also used in the Tholus track Short Forevers from the technical/ progressive sci-fi themed death metal album Constant (2007). An album written by guitarist Mike Johnson who is also credited for additional composing on Part III: The Lilac Moon. Most of the music is composed by David Murray though and given the wide range of styles he is quite a talented guy.

While the music is interesting throughout the album albeit only for the really open minded listener, the production does drag my rating down a bit. Its a bit homemade if I may use such an expression and it sounds a bit too much like a hobby project for comfort IMO. Im sure a better sound quality would have meant that I enjoyed the album even more so its a bit of a shame really. Ill give a 3 star rating and warn those who like one type/ style of music on one album, and recommend the album to those who like experiments with many genres within an album. In my world this is truly progressive music ( for better or worse).

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4 stars Eclectic Movie Sound Track Dave Murray (Ex- Estradsphere) was one of the driving creative forces of Estradasphere, and after his leaving the band, he decided to create a band after his own liking. Now, this is decidely not Estradasphere, despite it being of a similar formula, combing seeming ... (read more)

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