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3.99 | 216 ratings | 5 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. After The Echoes (8:43)
2. Limoncello (7:58)
3. Victoria's Summer Home (2:54)
4. The Imperial Hotel (28:10)
5. Into The Lake (8:43)

Total Time 56:28

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Unruh / vocals, guitars, flute, violin
- Marco Bernard / bass
- Kimmo Pörsti / drums, percussion

- Alan Shikoh / electric and acoustic guitars
- Johan Öijen / guitar
- Kristofer Eng / guitar
- Yoshihisa Shimuzu / guitar, synth
- Robert Webb / keyboards, vocals
- Octavio Stampalia / keyboards, backing Vocals
- Linus Kåse / Mellotron, backing vocals
- David Myers / piano
- Andrew Marshall / bass
- Martin Henderson / backing vocals
- Marie Kvist / backing vocals

Releases information

Artwork: Ed Unitsky

CD Seacrest Oy ‎- SCR 1009 (2014, Finland)

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THE SAMURAI OF PROG The Imperial Hotel ratings distribution

(216 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

THE SAMURAI OF PROG The Imperial Hotel reviews

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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Based in Finland, the multinational project THE SAMURAI OF PROG is a band that was started by Marco Bernard and Kimmo Parsti back in 2009, and from 2010 and onwards also featuring the talents of Steve Unruh. Following two initial productions that mainly consisted of cover material they have now focused on exploring original material. "The Imperial Hotel" is their third studio recording, released by the Finnish label Seacrest Oy in 2014.

Those fond of vintage era progressive rock in general and the symphonic varieties of it in particular should find "The Imperial Hotel" to be a real treat. There are a few select pointers towards many of the bands from the classic era that give the material a sense of familiarity, enough going on at all times to keep matters interesting, and the different instrumentalists involved all add elements and details to the proceedings that give the individual songs a distinct presence and individual character. Highly recommended to fans of progressive rock, and to those with an affection for vintage era symphonic progressive rock in particular.

Review by Matti
5 stars 107 ratings but only four reviews for this excellent third album of this Finland-based, multi-national band! The preceding works included covers of classic prog, and they truly are good in that field, but this five-track album consists of new material. Like before, the core trio of Marco Bernard (b), Kimmo Pörsti (dr) and Steve Unruh (voc, v, fl, ac-g) are accompanied by a wide cast of guest appearances. The music is written by the four different keyboardists who naturally also play on the album.

'After the Echoes' is a complex song composed by Octavio Stampalia (JINETES NEGROS). Each musician gives his best in this highly progressive tune. The vocal harmonies of Unruh and Stampalia add to the YES-like atmosphere. 'Limoncello', a song originally from a Various Artists 4-CD project Decameron Part II (2014), catches Robert Webb (ENGLAND) singing in a slightly humorous semi-falsetto about a chance meeting of Giovanni Boccaccio. Very interesting 8-minute prog tune spinning around a violin-centred melodic pattern.

David Myers, who offered beautiful piano introductions for 'The Lamia' and 'Dancing With the Moonlit Knight' on TSOP's earlier albums, is soloing on his romantic, three-minute 'Victoria's Summer Home', bridged by Unruh's natural effects into the majestic title track (28:09). 'The Imperial Hotel', with its Victorian-ish ghost story contents, was brought to the band from the ENGLAND archives by Robert Webb who again is the lead vocalist too. What a gorgeous prog epic bowing deep for the classic side-long prog epics of bands such as Genesis, Yes and Jethro Tull -- nearly rivalling them, without stealing direct ideas from any of them. The final track 'into the Lake' is by the Swedish keyboardist-vocalist Linus Kåse (BRIGHTEYE BRISON). Not quite as impressive to my ears as the rest of the album, it nevertheless operates very skillfully in the GENTLE GIANT -like rhythmic complexity.

My hesitation between 4 and 5 stars is solved by the superb visual design of the fold-out covers and the 40-page booklet. The term "masterpiece" suits at least to the title track, but as a whole this is a (surprisingly, considering the varied composers) coherent and extremely ambitious piece of progressive rock that hits the goal perfectly.

Latest members reviews

4 stars The Single Malt Whisky of Prog Whoa Nelly! This is an excellent CD of progressive music that took me back 40 years in time. A group that came from nowhere and playing the kind of music You have ever dream of. They are exactly like a single malt whisky: a hint of Gentle Giant, a whiff of Yes, ... (read more)

Report this review (#1452517) | Posted by steelyhead | Thursday, August 13, 2015 | Review Permanlink

5 stars THE SAMURAI OF PROG - The Imperial Hotel is one of the TOP PROG releases of the year (and not only!) - if you love not only Yes and Genesis BUT Gentle Giant as well with that variety of crossing parts that 'work' together like a completed puzzle - WELCOME to the hotel ! Great "more than guest" ther ... (read more)

Report this review (#1308460) | Posted by Olga Odessa | Saturday, November 15, 2014 | Review Permanlink

5 stars THE IMPERIAL HOTEL is the third album of the great band THE SAMURAI OF PROG,the guys have already released 2 excellent albums with cover songs!!This time,we have on this album only original compositions from the guys ,but the title track is in fact a composition of the Brit symphonic progressiv ... (read more)

Report this review (#1276559) | Posted by Ovidiu | Monday, September 15, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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