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3.92 | 108 ratings | 8 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Searching Diamonds (4:44)
2. Grail And Time (8:00)
3. 60 Degrees To The 70s (6:47)
4. Mystery Train (3:49)
5. Dreams From A Lonely Town (2:17)
6. The Division And Illusion Of Time (7:36)
7. Victory Voyager (20:33)
8. Father (10:34)

Total time 64:20

Line-up / Musicians

- Antony Kalugin / keyboards, vocals, percussion, composer, arranger, co-producer

- Viktoriia Osmachko / lead and backing vocals
- Nikita Osmachko / lead and backing vocals
- Olha Rostovska / backing vocals
- Max Velychko / acoustic & electric guitars
- Oleg Prokhorov / bass
- Kostya Shepelenko / drums
- Sergiy Balalayev / drums (8)
- Maria Baranovska / violin (8)
- Roman Gorielov / acoustic guitar (8)

Releases information

Artwork: Igor Sokolskiy

CD Caerllysi Music (2018, UK)

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SUNCHILD Messages From Afar - The Division And Illusion Of Time ratings distribution

(108 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(32%)
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Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars Ukrainian multi-instrumentalist Antony Kalugin is currently offering his `Messages from Afar' musical saga, a trilogy of predominantly retro-flavoured symphonic prog works, the first being released by his Karfagen project last year in 2017 with the sub-title `First Contact'. The second part has arrived in 2018, `The Division and Illusion of Time' but instead this time it's appearing under the Sunchild banner, a side-project name where more song-based material Mr Kalugin composes ends up, so while his charmingly accented vocals and harmony singers are front-and-centre this time around, there's still plenty of luxurious instrumental backings behind them, even if the tunes themselves remain more of a priority here.

Opener rocker `Searching Diamonds' has an AOR guitar-driven punch to it, and the buoyant energy throughout moments of it wouldn't have sounded out of place on any of the recent Glass Hammer discs. `Grail And Time' holds a poppier soothing chorus but also works in a tasty Electric Light Orchestra-like break in the middle. The psychedelically mellow `60 Degrees To The 70s' holds enough quirky electronics, comical vocals and reflective lyrics that it could almost be a Flower Kings outtake, and `Mystery Train' is a lovely all-instrumental interlude with glorious David Gilmour-esque guitar soloing. `Dreams From A Lonely Town' is a brief shimmering reprise of `First Contact' from the first `Messages from Afar' disc, and the title track `The Division And Illusion Of Time' is a crisp atmospheric Neo Prog-sounding rocker with touches of Pendragon and I.Q.

It wouldn't be a prog-related album without a lengthy epic, and the twenty minute `Victory Voyager' doesn't disappoint. With heroic guitar themes, triumphant fanfares and soaring female backing vocalists that embrace the same soulful quality of `Dark Side of the Moon', some rollicking passages remind of those sprightly sprints that popped up on the classic P.F.M albums, and Antony is definitely channelling Roger Waters circa `The Wall' through `The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking' with his half-spoken/half-sung vocal approach!

Finally, despite the album being constantly vocal based, Camel fans will weep for joy with the near-eleven minute all- instrumental closer `Father' that also channels Pink Floyd and Mostly Autumn, and it incorporates delicately tender piano and fanciful violin around the most heartfelt of Andy Latimer-like electric guitar soloing, making for a stunning way to close the disc.

Some prog listeners will wish there were more purely instrumental passages to break things up a little more, but it definitely means that this Sunchild chapter of Antony's trilogy stands out with its own identity and character. With dignified tunes, vibrant instrumentation, surreal and uplifting lyrics and no shortage of variety, `The Division and Illusion of Time' proves to be another classy and dynamic release from Antony Kalugin, a prolific artist who is constantly proving himself to be one of the pre-eminent masters of modern symphonic-progressive music of consistently excellent quality.

Four stars.

Latest members reviews

3 stars This album starts strong, but begins to repeat itself after the fourth song. The first six songs on Messages from Afar: The Division and Illusion of Time seem to constitute an album of their own: at about thirty-four minutes, this series of songs is the same length as most albums were in the 1970 ... (read more)

Report this review (#2136122) | Posted by patrickq | Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Sunchild is one of the three-band projects featuring the young and talented Ukrainian composer and keyboardist Antony Kalugin. The 7th album of Sunchild 'Messages From Afar' contains 8 songs that are very melodic packed well and with excellent musical ability especially 'Victory Voyager' t ... (read more)

Report this review (#2135159) | Posted by Oji ozbon | Saturday, February 9, 2019 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I like this album very much. Antony managed to gazer (again!) an excellent team of musicians, and this time he added a pair of excellent male and female vocalists: Nikita and Viktoriia Osmachko. In my opinion, this is Antony's best album to date and kind of modern prog classic. The music is yo ... (read more)

Report this review (#2113373) | Posted by Booba Kastorsky | Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I was positively surprised by this new album by the composer Antony Kalugin. I know almost all of his discography and my favourite album is Sunchild's "As far as the eye can see"; so I was hoping in something similar: warm, majestic and atmospheric but with melancholy in the background. But wish ... (read more)

Report this review (#1955942) | Posted by ale73 | Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | Review Permanlink

5 stars "Good old days and timeless friends to the song we unite..." This time Antony has released incredibly "warm" and positive album. And i do agree - the cover is stunning - something really different from the dark shades of the previous "Isolation" and "Synesthesia". While listening to the album, you ... (read more)

Report this review (#1952214) | Posted by Trinity S | Thursday, July 26, 2018 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The first thing that hits you about this album is the cover. A truly stunning cover. But we are here to listen to the music. This is a sequel to Antony Kalugin's Messages From Afar: First Contact by Karfagen. And a wonderful bookend it is. The first song, 'Searching Diamonds' sets up the whole a ... (read more)

Report this review (#1943432) | Posted by Drmick1971 | Friday, July 6, 2018 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The remarkably prolific Antony Kalyugin, Ukraine's best musical export, returns a year after Part One of his Messages From Afar trilogy, which appeared under another of his alter egos, Karfagen. Kalyugin is something of a musical polymath, in that he rarely sits still musically for too long. Par ... (read more)

Report this review (#1943246) | Posted by alchemymark | Thursday, July 5, 2018 | Review Permanlink

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