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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Preface (4:18)
2. Mahzun G÷zler (8:13)
3. Mystic Dance (1:45)
4. Misfortune (4:30)
5. Landscape (3:50)
6. Visions (5:35)
7. Without Stir (1:50)
8. Hayal Dolu GŘnler İšin (4:38)
9. Postface (2:00)

Total time 36:39

Line-up / Musicians

- Setrak Bakirel / lead vocals, guitars, bass
- Eril Tekeli / flute, guitars, bass
- Lionel Beltrami / drums, percussion

- Nick Vicente / keyboards

Releases information

Artwork: Setrak Bakirel and Eril Tekeli

LP W.A.M. ‎- WAM 001 (1979, France)

CD Musea ‎- FGBG 4082.AR (1993, France)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(56%)
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Review by Sean Trane
4 stars Just as nice as the other record they made . Instrumental interplay and rather short sung lyrics with a beautyful flute very present but not in a Anderson way. Both albums are very worthy and represent the French way of symphonic prog along with Atoll , Carpe Diem and to a lesser extent Pulsar and Shylock.
Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Take Camel's sound, then reburbish it with a harsh attitude in the guitar riffs and solos, and while you're at it, enrich its melodic sensibility with Asian flavours (mostly on flute), and don't forget to add an eerie ambience a-la Pulsar and a great amount of incredibly tight drumming: the result of this set of operations is the debut album by Asia Minor, a solid symphonic ensemble formed by Turksih musicians resident in France. Though I must admit that I prefer their following album, it's also fair to state that 'Crossing the Line' is a real classic of late 70s prog. Tracks 1, 2 and 4 are the ones I consider the most representative of the musical virtues I've pointed out in the first paragraph (specially 'Misfortune', an awesome lesson of how to manage contrasts cleverly with explosive energy), but it's also relevant to mention that the guys of Asia Minor can be soft and subtle, as in the evocative 'Landscape' (such a pity that it's not longer...). I wish I could give it a 4 1/2 star rating (I'm saving the perfect rating for their second offering 'Between Flesh and Divine'), but anyway, suffice it to reiterate that this is one of the best prog recordings to come out of France (or anywhere else, for that matter) in a time when the genre was starting to face a serious decline in terms of commercial attention and artistic relevance.
Review by loserboy
4 stars With unequivocal reference to the work of CAMEL, ASIA MINOR's debut album is a great album of instrumental and atmospheric beauty (as is their second album). "Crossing The Line" is full of fluid and cascading music with gentle vocals and harmonies. This album is dripping in analog space keyboard vibes, flutes galore, interesting bass and guitar lines and complex drumming. This pastel prog rock album blends Turkish folk and ethnic influences with CAMEL-like progressive rock symphonia. I would offer that this album is a pure bread crossing of the music style of France's "ATOLL" and might I add "CAMEL". Again the lush and nostalgic vocals of Setrak Bakirel (lead vocals, guitars and basses) when used are quite nice and are sung mostly in English (2 tracks sung in native Turkish).
Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars The two main players on this album are from Turkey, but they now reside in France which is where the drummer is from.The drummer Lionel Beltrami was only 18 when this album was released. Nice picture of the trio in the back cover.There is a guest keyboardist as well. This was their debut album released in 1979 and to my ears I hear an eighties vibe at times. In a good way though. I like the accented vocals, the atmosphere and flute on this one.There is some aggressive moments as well.

"Preface" opens with a gong before melancholic flute comes in. Guitar and a full sound arrive after a minute.The flute leads the way with prominant drums. Synths before 2 1/2 minutes and vocals come in. Guitar leads the way 4 minutes in. "Mahzun Gozler" might be my favourite track on here. It''s also the longest at over 8 minutes in length.The tempo keeps shifting and I really like the vocals. Something about this song makes me feel so good. It takes me to a good place. Emotional vocals after 7 1/2 minutes. "Mystic Dance" is a gentle guitar / flute piece.

"Misfortune" becomes uptempo with flute and drums leading the way. It settles after 1 1/2 minutes and vocals come in. Kicks back in at 3 minutes. "Landscape" is a little heavier when the drums and raw guitar come in. Vocals and a calm before a minute. Synths join in. Keyboard solo before 2 1/2 minutes but it kicks back in quickly. Nice guitar 3 1/2 minutes in to end it. "Visions" opens with bass as drums and keys join in. Guitar follows and this sounds really good. It settles 1 1/2 minutes in and vocals come in. "Without Stir" is a short mellow tune with reserved vocals. "Hayal Dolu Guler Icin" has a good beat to open. Flute then a calm as vocals and synths come in. The tempo and mood continues to change. "Postface" opens with barely audible organ that builds then flute joins in.

I like this album a lot. Still it''s a low 4 stars.

Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars Quite unknown French band that deserves to be recognized as a very creative & interesting one !

It is a quite dark album (in the style of Atoll in their early days). No wonder they called themselves "Asia Minor" since two out of the four members are Turkish (they moved to France in '73).

You can hear this Middle-East influence throughout this album. They had a hard time though in this period of the new wave explosion to get themselves known by the public. All compositions are from the Turkish duo Bakirel/Tekeli.

The opening "Preface" is a patchwork of the rest of the album. Nice flute moments, strange vocals and complex tempo. The short flute number "Mystic Dance" is very "Genesis-esque"; on the contrary, the intro of "Misfortune" sounds like Ian Anderson flute style.

We can also mention Crimson as influences for the remaining numbers and you will get a pretty good idea of what this band was capable to produce. Still the best is to come with their second opus.

Three stars for this first promising work.

Review by Prog-jester
4 stars ASIA MINOR's debut is not as strong as it's follower, but it's the same way beautiful. Again we have sheer brilliance of CAMEL folded with Turkish native rhythms and dark, even to my ears MARILLIONish (equals "great" ;) ) atmosphere. Subtle, intelligent, melodic - try to find a better one! Highly recommended, especially for those who have already experienced "Between Flesh and Divine".
Review by Kotro
4 stars Crossing the line to a straight path

Asia Minor's debut album Crossing the Line is just a notch under its successor, Between Flesh and Devine. Mostly because it is not as focused as the later. The band is still serching. While the sound and music is generally the same, there are certain happier tunes between less happy ones (Between Flesh and Devine had a mostly melancholic sound). They are also searching for a language: songs feature lyrics in English and Turkish. Can't really criticize the Turkish vocals, but the English is a bit far from what they were capable of doing in the next album. All the songs are quite similar, with no real highlight. They are by no means bad songs, with their electric guitar, flute, and keyboard harmonies interwined. They are just... even. It is quite a short album, at just 35 minutes. Yet unlike the bands following album, this seems just right. It is certainly not as memorable as Between Flesh and Devine, but it guarantees some satisfaction when popped up on the record player once in a while. 3,5 stars, rounded to 4.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars With a name that sounds like a Porn actress and a singer with one of the strangest accents I have ever heard, this could have been a disaster. Even though I think the name is really bad, the music is fortunately good prog rock.

The style that Asia Minor play on this their debut album Crossing the Line is prog rock influenced by late seventies Camel, Genesis and a bit of Jethro Tull as there are quite a lot of flute being played. I think Camel must be the major influence here though. The music is very nice with lush keyboards and the aforementioned flute. It┤s all pretty average though, and I can┤t point out which songs are the better as I think they are all good, but not excellent.

I have a bit of a problem with the strange accent from Setrak Bakirel. I know this is a french band and therefore I shouldn┤t expect too much when they try to sing in english, but this is pretty hilarious. I actually didn┤t know that the lyrics were in english untill I by change caught an english word. I┤m sorry but you really should have kept it in french when the prenounciation wasn┤t better. I don┤t want to mock Asia Minor with this, just warn the curious listener that this could be a problem.

The music is very nice though and the vocal melodies are also pretty good, so I┤ll rate this 3 stars, even though I am having a bit of a problem with the accent.

Review by kenethlevine
3 stars Asia Minor 's debut would have been a breath of fresh air in 1979 if anyone had bothered to listen to it at the time. The blend of dark Crimson-esque angularity and Camel styled flutes and melodies is inviting enough, but add to that the distinctly Arabic roots of this group and you have a real winner. Now there is no excuse for you to ignore this intriguing release and its even better successor.

The group shines best here when the ethnic influences are most apparent, as in the two non English songs, but the vocals are decent even in English, the best of these being "Landscape", the oddly pronounced words only adding to the charm of this deliciously sinister tune. The shorter vocal tracks seems somewhat undeveloped, almost ideas that didn't pan out, but the brief instrumental "Mystic Dance" lives up to its name, showcasing the woodwinds of Eril Tekeli.

In retrospect, this first album provided the training ground for concepts that would flourish on the followup "Between Flesh and Divine". Not to say this is a minor release, just that it does not quite cross the line into the sublime.

Review by Tarcisio Moura
3 stars Another band that I heard a lot through the years but that only recently I had the opportunity to hear their music. Asia Minor was a band based in France during the 70┬┤s but their name is veryy fitting since their two main songwriters were from Turkey: Setrak Bakirel (lead vocals, guitars, bass) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitars, bass). The band┤s debut album Crossing The Line was released in 1979 and it showed great promise. Unfortunately the timing was not the best for prog music in general, much less symphonic groups like this, which were considered by the press totally out of fashion and got little, if any, exposure in the media.

It is a pity, since Asia Minor did have a quite distinguished sound from the very start, with middle east folk flavors and rhythms added to their nice symphonic soundscape. Some reviewers say the group was influenced by Camel, but I hardly see any Camel-like sounds here other than some similar guitar chord progressions (unfortunately the emotional guitar solos that made Camel so influential are nowhere to be found on Crossing The Line). Most of the solos are done by Eril Tekeli┬┤s flute that reminds me of Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and, especially, This Van Leer (Focus).

The songwriting was good, and they show some fine early Genesis tendencies that I like a lot. Bakirel┬┤s vocals are also very nice. Although the formula was original at the time and the musicians showed great skill, the formula was clearly on its infancy. Some tracks are very well done while others seemed underdeveloped. The band was still trying to find their way. However, judging by the high quality of their musicianship and the tasteful arrangements, they were heading toward the right direction. Production was very good too.

Conclusion: a nice start. I┬┤m looking forward to listen to their second (sadly their last) effort. if you┬┤re into 70┬┤s symphonic prog rock (with eastern sounds to spice it up) this is surely something worth checking out. 3,5 stars.

Review by Epignosis
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Asia Minor's debut seems to borrow from the more easygoing progressive rock bands, namely Camel, Eloy, and to an extent, Jehtro Tull. The music bounces between spacious atmospheres and disorderly rock. While the former is kinder to the ear, it has a tendency to get dull, as several passages throughout the album sound the same. Using the lead instruments (guitar, flute, and synthesizer) to fill out the music during the mellow, minimalistic verses might have been one solution. As it is, Crossing the Line is a satisfactory album that should please many fans of the aforementioned artists.

"Preface" With a gong, Asia Minor offers a foreboding bit of flute over distant, eerie chords. Heavy drums and guitar embark on some incoherent displays with the flute, both before and after the verse. The disjointed arrangement is very hard to follow- one must grin and bear it until the brief guitar solo ends the piece.

"Muhzun Gozler" That swampy guitar from before returns. Sliding bass notes give way to a decent flute excursion. There is no transition to speak of after this- the band essentially stops and begins playing a series of dark and frantic riffs before the flute comes back for seconds. The vocal section is light symphonic psychedelic music that bears a similarity to Eloy and Camel.

"Mystic Dance" Intriguing guitar and flute make up this terse instrumental.

"Misfortune" This frenzied piece reminds me of Jethro Tull during their most progressive years, with upbeat rhythms, gritty guitar, and plenty of flute to go around. It lacks in terms of composition, but makes up for it in fierceness.

"Landscape" Dark and low-key, "Landscape" relies on distant electric guitar and the mediocre vocals of the lead singer. Midway through, the music shifts to an unaccompanied electric piano before jumping into a erratic rock passage.

"Vision" "Vision" relies on a bass riff in 7/4 time, and has some great interplay between bass and guitar. The airiness and synthetic feel is a return to the sound of Eloy.

"Without Stir" Twelve-string guitar and harmonics weave a magical, concise song.

"Hayal Dolu Gunler Icin" This is very similar to most of the other songs here in terms of having that sparse, Eloy sound. The guitar solo over the breakneck rhythm is the most interesting aspect of it.

"Postface" Barely audible organ rises from the ether. The flute performs a theme from a previous piece before the fade out.

Review by Warthur
3 stars This mildly Camel-influenced album finds Asia Minor a little short on originality, but is competently performed with reasonable (though not exceptional) production standards for a low-budget recording from the start of the 1980s. On the whole, I tend to prefer the follow-up album Between Flesh and Divine (which seems to form a conceptual sequel to this album - the two titles form a little sentence), but I suppose if you were really fond of that album and are desperate for more, this won't be too disappointing provided you don't expect a lost classic of the genre. For my part, I will stick to their superior second album.
Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Turkish band formed in Paris around mid-70's as Asia Minor Process by three Turkish emigrants, guitarist/flutist Erik Tekeli, guitarist/singer Setrak Bakirel and drummer Can Kozlu.In 1976 Kozlu was replaced by Lionel Beltrami, the name was shortened to Asia Minor and the band started recording its first tracks, mixing Classic Prog with some Turkish ethnic sounds.In three tracks the band was helped by Grime's keyboardist Nicolas Vicente.With no particular interest in their work by labels, Asia Minor self-released their debut ''Crossing the Line'' during the spring of 1979 on their own Ware of Asia Minor.More recently the album was re-issued in CD and vinyl formats by Musea Records.

A good album indeed, ''Crossing the Line'' is often an exciting mix of melodic Progressive Rock with a CAMEL-esque edge and the darker aspects of the style, somewhat in a KING CRIMSON vein and add some deep ethnic tunes here and there.The sound is led by the guitars and flutes with long instrumental parts and professional interplays between the two instruments in a Symphonic style.The rhythm section (with Bakirel providing the bass lines) is pretty dynamic with often deep bass lines and the great drumming of Beltrami.The keyboards remain unfortunately mostly in the background, having a very thin sound.However the dominant guitar and flute parts will reward you: nice melodic hooks, folky heavy flute drives and a nice amount of breaks and battles offer series of fascinating moments.Vocals are sung in English without signs of an annoying accent but also in Turkish in a couple of tracks, the later being outstanding Progressive Rock pieces.Only a couple of flaws are detected, the one being the aforementioned thin-sounding keyboards, the other being the mediocre production overall, an evident fail regarding many prog albums around late-70's.

''Crossing the Line'' is a pretty strong release of Classic Progressive Rock by a talented band, which failed to attract around the (wrong) period of its release, but ended up to be a winner through sands of time.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

Review by stefro
3 stars You have to feel for Asia minor. Active during arguably the lowest point of progressive rock's forty-five year history, this was a group who produced fine, melodic and highly-intelligent music at a time when nobody cared for such things. As a result, the history of this multi-national outfit proved to be unsurprisingly brief. Formed in Paris sometime during the late 1970s, Asia Minor featured members plucked from France, Turkey and Britain. Unable, due to their achingly unfashionable style of music, to seal any kind of record deal the four-strong group took the bold step of self-financing and self-producing both this 1979 debut release and 1981's highly-praised follow-up 'Between Flesh & Divine', a move which gave the musicians genuine artistic freedom but also fundamentally limited the record's potential commercial reach due to the lack of any kind of distribution deal. And despite the positive critical reception garnered both both albums - in particular 'Between Fleszh & Divine' - Asia Minor's career was over barely three-and-a-half years after it had begun. Obviously, one truly wonders what might have happened if the group had been around during either the genre's early peak or it's 21st century rebirth, yet thankfully they haven't been forgotten. Both albums have been reissued by the French Musea imprint, thus the group have enjoyed a well-deserved second life in the CD age. Recorded during 1979, 'Crossing The Line' is a less polished affair compared to it's well-respected follow-up, yet despite slightly muddy production values the graceful melodies still shine through. Very much a formative piece which allowed Asia Minor to hone their craft in preparation for 'Between Flesh & Divine', 'Crossing The Line' features nine carefully-composed tracks that mix a distinctly arty European sensibility with British-style symphonic flourishes, the group cleverly utilising synthesizers, acoustic-and-electric guitars and founding member Setrak Bekiral's un-flashy vocals in a crisp and clear manner that for the most deliberately eschew excessive musicianship. Highlights include opening piece 'Prelude', which opens the album on a suitably grand note, the throbbing bass thumps of the short-and-sweet 'Mystic Dance' and finally, the lushly mysterious mini- epic 'Vision'. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012
Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JRF/Canterbury, P Metal, Eclectic
3 stars ASIA MINOR is a symphonic prog band that began as a bunch of college kids who met in Turkey but ended up in France and were there several years before recording and releasing their only two albums in the late 70s / early 80s divide. CROSSING THE LINE is the debut album that kicks in with a gong followed by some serious flute workouts. This band was serious about including Middle Eastern influence in the then traditional symphonic prog lite that may bring Camel or other breezy bands of the era to mind. Although the Oriental influences are there they are very subtle and ASIA MINOR sounds more like a Western prog band unlike say bands like Gunesh who really were full-blown Middle Eastern prog.

This first album simmers but nobody every bothers to turn the flames up any higher. I have come to this after the much better second album "Between Flesh And Divine" and am always left a little cold after hearing this one. They seem to get into some good grooves on here and then never really take off into more ambitious waters. This is a nice pleasant album and if you want a nice symphonic prog album that serves as background music then this one is perfect because it is very pleasant, it's just that it doesn't have enough to keep the active listener engaged, at least not this one. I'm also just not in love with the vocals on this one. Setrak Bakirel just doesn't deliver a very strong and passionate performance. This debut album simply lacks the diverse elements that make the second one work so well. A good album for its unique approach but in the end fails to pack a sufficient punch for my tastes.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Heavy Prog & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars An album of twisting and turning motifs and styles that can often be compared to the work of CAMEL while also containing many displays of jazz-fusion and prog folk over which band leader Setrak Bakirel lends his pleasant and often stylized vocals in both English and his native Turkish language. The influences of this multi-cultural band can often be felt in both melody and structure yet the music always feels fully Western prog.

1. Preface (4:18) flute accompanied by exotic percussion sounds for the first minute before MAHAVISHNU-like bass, drums, and arpeggiated electric guitar establishes the form of the body of this slow but aggressively jazzy song. A shift into a smoother sound base at 2:25 allows the introduction of English the plaintive yet pleasant singing voice of Setrak Bakirel. After his verse, the band revs up into a more aggressive sound for some soloing--of which the electric guitar is especially noteworthy. (9/10)

2. "Mahzun G÷zler" (8:13) lush, emotional prog with Arabian percussives! The weave is slowly established, layered, added to, and developed, while flute joins in as the lead melody maker. At 2:45 there is a sudden shift in pace, more aggressive and fast, though this is supplanted less than 30 seconds later by a flute and electric guitar dual of more Middle Eastern feeling melodies. A downshift a minute later before moving into a GENESIS-like section for the rest of the fifth minute over which Setrak sings for the first time. Another musical shift--even beneath the singing! Interesting and gutsy! Overall, a kind of CAMEL feel to this intricate and serpentine song. (13.75/15)

3. "Mystic Dance" (1:45) beautiful electric guitar play while flute flies recklessly above. Gorgeous. (5/5)

4. "Misfortune" (4:30) opens with vibrating hum of factory machinery before very aggressive flute-led jazz rock music enters and runs. Great melodies from all the instruments, especially the flute and bass! Slows down at 1:40 to support vocal section. Interesting effect on the electric guitar here. Return to aggression after the (only) singing verse--cool chord progression by rhythm section. (8.75/10)

5. "Landscape" (3:50) arpeggiated electric guitar opens this before drums, bass, and electric guitars jump in with some rapid and syncopated hits. Voice enters around the one minute mark, shushing and calming the instrumentalists back into opening form. Not a great vocal. At 2:35 electric piano leads into a uptempo instrumental section over which fuzzed lead guitar solos melodically to the end. (8/10)

6. "Visions" (5:35) bass and cymbols open this one before another JEAN-LUC PONTY-like jazz tapestry is established. Despite impressive drumming, this all goes horribly wrong even as the electric guitar tries to stop the hemhorraging with some flashy guitar solo. At 1:20 the band slows down and pushes reset, establishing a very nice OMD-like fabric over which Setrak sings one of his better lyrics with rather impressive emotion. Things strip down even further in the fourth minute as Setrak lowers his register an octave. Nice. A more steadily-paced BABYLON-like GENESIS section launches around the 3:50 mark, and plays out to the end with Setrak finishing his story. (9.25/10)

7. "Without Stir" (1:50) nice little exercise of guitar harmonics while second 12-string strums. Setrak sings over the middle. (4.5/5)

8. "Hayal Dolu GŘnler İšin" (4:38) return to heavier sound, though this time of the JETHRO TULL type. At the end of the first minute the music calms as Setrak enters singing in an Arabian language. Drummer's tom work helps to muffle the preponderant Mellotron strains before there is a return to the opening motif. AT 2:40 there is a shift and we're speeding along in a more jazzy before severall other shifts into previously explored motifs. Setrak's second round of singing begins in the second half of the fourth minute as the previous motifs and riffs continue to shift beneath (as if in disregard of each other). (8.5/10)

9. "Postface" (2:00) organ. And then flute with organ. A kind of bookend to the opener. (4/5)

Total time 36:39

B+/4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music and another instance where the Neo Prog umbrella feels a little far-fetched. To my ears, the music of this album as well as this band's approach stand well enough on their own. Yes, they borrow from those that had gone before but there is no blatant imitation of any one band, style, or sound.

Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions
4 stars Eventually a re-issue of this ASIA MINOR album engaged me to write something about that highly praised effort, which originally was released in 1979. For good reason one can say they might be added to the list of progressive rock cult bands too. The group was founded by two Turkish musicians, Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar, bass) and Erik Tekeli (lute, guitar, bass), who were studying in Paris at that time. When it comes to the keyboard and percussion tasks they could convince their two French colleagues Lionel Beltrami and Nick Vicente to participate. Reformed in 2014 by the way, and having produced their latest album in 2020, ASIA MINOR are still an active entity in these days.

What makes this album attractive is the clever synergy of progressive rock approach and oriental folk impact, obviously deriving from the protagonists' origin. And so furthermore it's not really surprising that song titles and lyrics are presented in Turkish and English both. Newly provided by the Italian label AMS Records the re-issue is consisting of exactly the same track listing. That means leaving out any bonus items or something like that, which often enough does not reveal a particular benefit. The general flow is dreamy atmospheric, although most of the songs also see them giving pace in between.

This album provides a very harmonic impression. If I had the order to emphasize a special track, let me select Mahzun G÷zler due to its given variety and trickiness. One can hear references to, respectively influences optionally coming from Camel, Jethro Tull, Eloy, Caravan, just to name a few. In general the used instruments are carefully balanced concerning composition and mix. Nevertheless Tekeli's flute contributions are omnipresent all around. 'Crossing The Line' is an enjoyable matter from the first to the last minute. A must buy for progressive rock connoisseurs.

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4 stars The first album of short-lived band Asia Minor, which consists of two Turkish who were studying in France at that time, and two French members. Album starts with Preface. Firstly, some Turkish percussion, then flute-guitar and keyboard enters. Just from this song, Asia Minor's sound shows up ... (read more)

Report this review (#1694140) | Posted by ctasan | Saturday, February 18, 2017 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The debut album from these legends from Turkey. The influences to this album can be found in the English symph prog scene. Or to be more precise; bands like Camel and Genesis. Into these influences and pretty clean symph prog sound, they have also added a lot of local flavour. That means easter ... (read more)

Report this review (#491709) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Thursday, July 28, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Excellent atmospheric, eclectic, jazzy, mysterious, and slightly melancholic symphonic progressive music. Great playing. Lots of flute, great drumming and great guitar, among other instruments. Mostly instrumental. Similar in sound to Camel, Anyone's Daughter, King Crimson, Agitation Free (and s ... (read more)

Report this review (#214726) | Posted by listen | Sunday, May 10, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars There are few bands in the history of Prog who could create such spellbindingly atmospheric songs as Asia Minor were capable of conjuring. This album is full of dreamy, rainy soundscapes that are capable of hypnotizing a listener into a state of exquisite melancholic stasis. Depressive but beauti ... (read more)

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