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4.00 | 79 ratings | 11 reviews | 13% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Arz Nova
2. Birth Of A Hero
3. Shadow On The Wall
4. Hope And Glory
5. My Friend
6. To the Better Man
7. Turn Of The Tide
8. Lost Lake
9. Twilight

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Adams / guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals
- Merrill Hale / drums, percussion

Releases information

CD on Unicorn Digital

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ARZ Turn Of The Tide ratings distribution

(79 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (28%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

ARZ Turn Of The Tide reviews

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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy, RPI, Symph, JR/F Canterbury Teams
4 stars Difficult to classify this band in a genre, but one thing is clear in my mind is that their music is of high caliber. The music style cover a lot of grounds, prog metal or heavy prog, AOR, and symphonic. We can hear diverse influences such as Saga, Enchant, ELP and Yes. Also there is a little folks passages to fit with their electric output. There is some direct and accessible songs along with more long and complex songs with some nice tempo changes. The musicianship is solid with only 2 musicians! There is some nice keyboards parts and a solid rhythm section.

During this 70 minutes cd, there is no weak tracks. This is music that will appeal to a lot of prog fans, especially for those who enjoy bands already mentioned above. This is retro prog with a modern sound and a good production.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars ARZ is a duo from Portland, Oregon, comprising guitarist/singer Steve Adams and drummer Merrill Hale. Steve and Merrill cemented their relationship after meeting while they were members of a Yes tribute band called All Good People. ARZ was originally the name used by Steve as a one-man band where he recorded all instruments himself, and he then brought in Merrill to assist with the fourth album, 'Solomon's Key'. After that album he and Merrill decided that they wanted to record an album where the could perform it live, and they devised a way of doing this using MIDI and samples etc but after some feedback from fans they decide instead to record the best album that they could and not worry about the live part just yet. So back into the studio they went and created an album that can only be described as majestic.

Merrill is a great drummer who cites Barriemore Barlow and Danny Carey as his major influences, but given the way that he hits those skins and drives the music along it is fairly obvious that he has been listening to Portnoy a great deal and his touch also reminds one of Palmer. But he never overpowers Steve, but provides him with an incredible foundation that allows him to build and build with multi-layered riffs and keyboards or sometimes just simple chords and melodic vocals, whatever is right for the moment. This is modern progressive music that is immediate, structured and climactic. It has the complexity, yet somehow maintains a simplicity and naivety that draws the listener in every time. As I said before, this is majestic, in every way.

Latest members reviews

4 stars I quite stumbled across this album, and, with zero expectations, listened to it in a couple of sittings. Nothing particularily grabbed my attention. I rewaxened (my word, the art of relistening with the wax removed from your ears. Can be used with permission) a few days later and relalized this ... (read more)

Report this review (#796344) | Posted by merid1en | Sunday, July 29, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The battlecruiser Arz opens fire. Not a Hollywood movie, but an US band who has released a handful albums without really causing any ripples in the pond. This is their newest one and the waves are now hitting the shores. Arz has created a hybrid between English symph prog and US power metal o ... (read more)

Report this review (#609642) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Saturday, January 14, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Well where do i begin.. 1st thing i am NOT a writer by any stretch of even my imagination. But i can tell you this much i know what my ears like. I 1st found ARZ while bouncing around on MySpace looking for new prog music to enjoy. And while at 1st listen i wasn't really sure what to make of thi ... (read more)

Report this review (#607740) | Posted by progrocks2112 | Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I am familiar with Steve Adams' and Merrill Hale's work. Both are very accomplished musicians in the Portland, Oregon Metro area. Turn of the Tide is an album that requires more than one listening. It is not your background housecleaning music. Overall it is a beautiful representation of the ... (read more)

Report this review (#605851) | Posted by tinasmarie | Monday, January 9, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I have had the pleasure of seeing ARZ live 3 times. If you close your eyes and take in the awesome musical experience, you will be amazed that there are only two members of this band! They have so much depth to their talent and I truly love the music they produce. I have to admit that I am ... (read more)

Report this review (#605743) | Posted by skane | Sunday, January 8, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars "Turn of the Tide" is well-orchestrated music from this Portland Oregon band. It's hard to believe there are only 2 members in ARZ - they have a full, rich and upbeat sound. The group fits well with the classic progressive rock bands of my youth like Moody Blues or Jethro Tull and the musi ... (read more)

Report this review (#604365) | Posted by AnnaBanana | Friday, January 6, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This album Turn of the Tide is wonderful, and I really enjoy listening to it. Plus the fact that my son and his friend is on it. I'm not biased! :) I've listened to it multiple times, and I hear something new every time I listen to it. I have 3 favorites: ARZ Nova. This is a good introduction to ... (read more)

Report this review (#590165) | Posted by judyhale | Saturday, December 17, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars ARZ is a progressive rock band from Portland. They just came out with a new album called Turn of the Tide. I really like the entire album, and I think it's one of my favorite albums from 2011. The range of songs on the album is quite wide, from instrumental pieces such as ARZ Nova and Lost Lake, ... (read more)

Report this review (#589394) | Posted by karenprog | Friday, December 16, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Yesterday I saw this cover in the new releases and thought 'This kind of reminds me of Jon Anderson's "Olias of Sunhillow" cover', so I decided to investigate? Imagine my surprise to find that these guys were in a Yes tribute band and I was even more intrigued? Then, upon seeing that this pro ... (read more)

Report this review (#585295) | Posted by Cylli Kat | Friday, December 9, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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