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3.09 | 9 ratings | 3 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. House Of Cards (4:17)
2. Banquet Of Thieves (5:35)
3. Evilworld (3:44)
4. Garden Of Eden (4:20)
5. The Entity (Instrumental) (2:43)
6. Change Breeds Contempt (4:16)
7. A Miracle Is All We Need (4:48)
8. The Snake (3:21)
9. Criminals & Kings (4:12)
10. Chain Of Fear (5:23)
11. Pandora's Box (3:56)

Total Time 46:35

Line-up / Musicians

- Ian Parry / vocals
- Stephan Lill / guitars
- Thom Youngblood / guitars
- Tamas Szekeres / guitars
- Patrick Rondat / guitars
- Barend Courbois / bass
- Martin Helmantel / bass
- Arjen Lucassen / bass
- Dirk Bruinenberg / drums
- Jan Vayne / piano
- Tommy Newton / keyboards

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CONSORTIUM PROJECT Ian Parry's Consortium Project ratings distribution

(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (22%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

CONSORTIUM PROJECT Ian Parry's Consortium Project reviews

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3 stars A rapid glance to the lineup and you have in front of you the best of Dutch Progressive Metal, starting from Arjen Lucassen.

Well this is mainly a Ian Parry's project initially intended for a single album that later had three follow-ups, becoming the longest sci-fi inspired concept that I currently know. The fifth album of the Project is announced for this summer.

Lovers of progressive metal may consider this a masterpiece as good progressive metal is exactly what you'll find inside. What can be of interest for all the others is the skillful musicianship, the good songwriting and the concept behind. The album's alternative title is "Criminals and Kings".

Highlights are "Banquet Of Thieves", "Garden Of Eden", "Pandora's Box" and "Chain Of Fears".

A particular mention is deserved by "The Entity" that's a very atmospheric short instrumental. or the slow "A Miracle Is All We Need" with it's romantic piano intro.

There are some moments that remind to the 80s "hairy metal bands" but luckily not so poor as these. To me, this is a good album, but is a step beyond masterpieces like Ayreon's The Human Equation, but also to the Vengeance material, to mention another band which featured Ian. If we consider the whole 4 (now 5) albums it's an impressive work but taken alone it's just good.

Latest members reviews

2 stars Ian Parry is best known for being the vocalist of progressive/power metal Dutch band Elegy (as well as guesting on early Ayreon's albums). In 1999 the singer took a break from his main job and assembled a cast of fine musicians to record his debut solo album, simply titled Ian Parry's Consortium Pro ... (read more)

Report this review (#2638245) | Posted by lukretio | Monday, November 29, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Ian Parry has done a fantastic job with the debut release of his Consortium Project. A group consisting of... wait... hold on, who the hell is Ian Parry?! His name is so almost-pompously placed in the title of the album as if he's someone you should know. It's almost hilarious. He's released ... (read more)

Report this review (#1479309) | Posted by martindavey87 | Sunday, October 25, 2015 | Review Permanlink

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