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3.78 | 35 ratings | 6 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Midday (5:52)
2. The Search (7:19)
3. Burn The Witch (5:36)
4. Hymn (8:21)
5. The Place (4:03)
6. The Landing (10:)
7. Twin Sunrise (12:19)

Total Time: 52:08

Line-up / Musicians

- Fernando Campos / acoustic and electric 6- & 12-string guitars
- Renato Coutinho / keyboards, sequencers
- Barao / 5-string bass
- Daniel Mello / drums, percussion

- Titi Walter / vocals (2,4)
- Lígia Jacques / lead vocals (4)
- Guilherme Bizotto / vocals (5)
- Mauro Rodrigues / flute (3), strings arranger & conductor (3)
- Elias Martins De Barros / violin (3)
- Erasmo Fernandes / violin (3)
- Cleusa De Sana / viola (3)
- Firmino Cavazza / cello (3)
- Valdir Claudino / double bass (3)

Releases information

Artwork: Newton T. Marques

CD Progressive Rock Worldwide ‎- PRW 019 (1995, Brazil)

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DOGMA Twin Sunrise ratings distribution

(35 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by erik neuteboom
3 stars This is a Brasilian four piece band with additional musicians, in 1992 they released their eponymous debut CD and 3 years later this CD entitled Twin Sunrise. The sound on both albums is similar: in general long compostions featuring bombastic keyboards, fiery electric guitar (between Steve Rothery and David Gilmour), many shifting moods and breaks and pleasant variation on instruments (acoustic guitar, piano, flute, choir and strings). Remarkable is the powerful sound of the 5-string bass guitar in some songs. If you like Pendragon, Jadis and early Marillion this is a fine band to discover, not really earthshaking but just entertaining 24-carat symphonic rock.
Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars I seem to continue liking this record after already a dozen years or so, even though it's not the most "grab your throat" complex prog workout available. More like a trusted companion by virtue of apparent modesty and an uncanny desire to please. Masterpiece ? No not really, but a definite should have. Opener "Midday" serves up an appropriate introduction, a shining upbeat instrumental that showcases the identity of the crew, with prolific 5 string bass runs, majestic guitar excursions, sparkling melodic keys and dynamic drumming. Being from Brazil, this is no hurry-up kick-ass prog but truer to its warm cultural heritage and spirit, they set a languid, relaxed pace best displayed on the next opus "The Search", where cool exploration yields some fine piano tinkling and exciting axe ripples, featuring guest female vocals (aided by some weird noises and laughter) and offering up a grandiose finale. Next up, the enthralling "Burn the Witch", where a string quintet settles comfortably with a delicate flute, a breezy little ditty, so soothing and its time for a cool "Bavaria"! On "Hymn", you guessed it! The band showcases the Choir, weaving another solid composition into the fray. "The Place" caters to some excellent male vocals, giving the track a healthy dose of growl without losing focus of their name brand laid back attitude, with some fanfare parping synths showing the way. "The Landing" is an imperial piece loaded with atmospherics (crackling thunder, cascading sheets of torrential rain, creaking doors, footsteps.), all window dressing for a 10 minute epic symphonic prog etude , very deliberate in its buildup , adding to the trepidation. The finale title track, a 12 minute sweet adventure puts the exclamation mark firmly on the charming value of owning this record , where keyman Renato Coutinho, drummer Daniel Mello, guitarist Fernando Campos and bassist Barao get to deliver their obvious passion for prog . Brigadinha!Oh, I forgot, a beautiful cover with engaging artwork. 4.5 estrellas
Review by seventhsojourn
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4 stars Twin Sunrise (1995) is the second, and sadly last, album by Brazilian 4-piece band Dogma. The music on offer here is very much of the melodic and harmonious variety. Not to everyone's taste admittedly, but certainly mine. None of the regular band members sing so a few guest singers handle the sparse vocals on the disc. The album is a nice mix of short and long tracks that range from the 4- to 12-minute mark, with the longer ones having plenty of room for thematic development.

The album opens with Midday and the first impression I get is of the similarity to Camel. In particular, Fernando Campos's elegant and highly emotive style of guitar playing has strong echoes of Andy Latimer. The track builds to a climax just beyond the midway point, where it changes and the keyboards become more prominent. I'm then reminded of fellow Brazilian band Quaterna Requiem thanks to the synthesizer and organ runs. All in all then, a very pleasant and melodic track to get us under way.

The Search includes some vocals by guest singer Titi Walter, although the song reaches its halfway point before we get to hear her. Before that we are treated to a delightful Genesis pastiche. Beginning with slightly under two minute's worth of atmospheric keys and acoustic guitar, the song then progresses with a gradual crescendo that features piano arpeggios and drumming that sound like they came straight out of the Tony Banks and Phil Collins repertoires. However bass player Barao's highly distinctive 5-string prevents the track from seeming like a complete Genesis clone. Mind you, once that Steve Hackett-style guitar kicks in... Anyway, Titi's voice is lovely and is perfectly suited to the music. There are a few brief growls and laughs courtesy of keys man Renato Coutinho before a Campos guitar solo rounds things off nicely.

Guest string players and a flautist feature on Burn The Witch, an instrumental that to me sounds a bit like Anthony Phillips. I'm conscious of the fact that I'm drawing a lot of comparisons here. However the guys in Dogma aren't mere copycats, I'm just trying to give a general sense of how they sound given that they're relatively unknown. Anyway, Burn The Witch then finishes with some heavenly choral effects. Think of Enya and you won't be too far away (again with the comparisons!).

The sound of waves lapping and 'mermaid' vocals introduce Hymn. After a couple of minutes of this plus further choral effects, a raw guitar riff bursts in accompanied by military drumming. This song isn't the longest on the album but it's probably the most varied. Gentle guitar and piano lead into the next section, which has strong echoes of another fine Brazilian band, O Terco.

This album might have been a contender for a 5-star rating but for the next song, The Place (Where Are You?), which features guest male-singer Guilheme Bizzotto. The synthesizer/drum intro sounds like Van Halen's Jump, while the main part of the song is firmly in AOR territory. This just sounds so out of keeping with the rest of the material here.

Normal service is resumed on the following track, The Landing. Two or so minutes of sound effects introduce acoustic guitar along with a distant-sounding Benediction. We are then treated to more military style drumming from Daniel Mello and a synthesizer tone that seems to mimic bagpipes. The tempo speeds up with the return of the acoustic guitar and there's a brief electric solo to finish.

The title track is the longest here and it closes the album in grand style. There's no need to describe this one, as the mp3 is available here on ProgArchives so you can listen for yourself. This track actually gives a fairly good indication of the remainder of the album. If you enjoy highly melodic but none-too challenging instrumental music you could certainly do worse than this album. Bearing in mind that I'm a fan of bands from South America, I'm going for 4 stars. It's just a pity about that one song that seems out of place, but an excellent album nonetheless.

Latest members reviews

4 stars After a Genesis-like and specially Camel-esque album in 1992, this band added some new elements on composition and execution for their 2nd album. One of the tracks, the longest one and which borrows its name to the CD, is very similar to their first work. Considering that the other songs present ... (read more)

Report this review (#2846925) | Posted by arymenezes | Thursday, October 20, 2022 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Dogma is a pleasant sophomore effort by Dogma, sadly it remained their swan song. The first half of the album is more restrained, exploring lyrical themes and mellower territories. Guitar playing is competent and tasty, keyboard playing is proficient too, but some synth sounds are dated and typic ... (read more)

Report this review (#2712054) | Posted by sgtpepper | Monday, March 21, 2022 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Learning about that this band hails from Brazil, I expected inevitable Latin influences, something I respect, but have little interest in. Ah yes, music that booty shaking olive skinned girls find hard not to respond to. Well, this piece would leave them high and dry. There are absolutely no ... (read more)

Report this review (#1165651) | Posted by Anon-E-Mouse | Saturday, April 26, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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