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3.57 | 190 ratings | 4 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Force of Gravity (5:12)
2. Follow Me (4:39)
3. Isle in Me (6:00)
4. Embedded (3:30)
5. Turn of the Tide (6:53)
6. From the Silence (5:43)
7. Midnight Sun (5:12)
8. King Porn (7:31)
9. Episode 609 (6:00)
10. God of Rubbish (4:01)
11. Vapour Trail (14:30)

Total Time 69:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Marco Glühmann / vocals
- Jan Petersen / guitars
- Volker Söhl / keyboards
- Sebastian Harnack / bass
- Matthias Harder / drums

- Miriam Schell / vocals (7)
- Ann-Katrin Eisold / cello (3,5,7,11)
- Joachim Kelber / viola (3,5,7,11)
- Ida Fan / violin (3,5,7,11)
- Maike Mader / violin (3,5,7,11)

Releases information

Artwork: Tobias Harnack

CD Progrock Records ‎- PRR218 (2008, US) Promo
CD Sylvan ‎- SYL-010-007 (2009, Germany)

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SYLVAN Force of Gravity ratings distribution

(190 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(49%)
Good, but non-essential (37%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)

SYLVAN Force of Gravity reviews

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Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars I think it's more like Symphonic prog, even with some neo elements also a lot piano driven sound. In fact, first album by Sylvan I heard, so I can't compare much. I have to say that it took some time to get used to Marco Glühmann's specific vocal, some may even say "emotional" like. There's a strong emphasis on melody, which I always can admire, because I don't want just "melody", there have to be more elements in music, to form good composition. And they're here, little signs, making together something bigger. Maybe it's not so original, but I don't feel it here.

4(-) for something barely 4 star like, but this album made it. I like diversity of tracks here, switching fast/slow ones is managed good, without shock-effect.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Heavy Prog & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars What happened? Why did Marco and friends decide to go heavier? The abrasive guitar power chords and over-effected theatric percussion, in my opinion, takes away from the vocal talents of uber-talented front man Marco Glühmann. This album is such a disappointment after such wonderful progress from Artificial Paradise through Posthumous Silence and its live album/DVD. Even the production quality on this album is inconsistent from song to song (which explains how a masterpiece like "Vapour Trail" can exist among the rest of this stuff). It's just wrong! Luckily, the album kind of evens out over the course of its 70 minutes.

Best songs (despite horrible drum sound): the near flawless epic, 11. "Vapour Trail" (14:30) (10/10); Marco's gorgeous vocal duet with Miriam Schell, 7. "Midnight Sun" (5:10) (9/10); 6. "From the Silence" (5:42) (8/10); 9. "Episode 609" (6:00) (8/10), and; 10. "God of Rubbish" (4:00) (8/10).

Latest members reviews

4 stars The 2009 release "Force of Gravity" by Sylvan carries on the band's strong points (strong melodies, passionate singing), more on a song-structure basis than on "Posthoumous Silence". FoG is inferior as a result than this last, but almost 70 minutes of music are anyway a treat. Some heavier guitars ... (read more)

Report this review (#254849) | Posted by ingmin68 | Tuesday, December 8, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Sylvan's "Force of Gravity" is neither something new nor is it something very original. It actually sounds a little uninspired or less mildly put, like stagnation. I got the impression that they put their new material together and called it the new album. Then someone came along and said "Do you ... (read more)

Report this review (#240251) | Posted by Thieving Magpie | Saturday, September 19, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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