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NIGHT SHADOW

Daniel Eliseev Project (D.E.P.)

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3.96 | 15 ratings | 9 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Alter Ego (5:27)
2. Night Shadow (7:06)
3. Pandora And Epimetheus (7:12)
4. Awakening (2:18)
5. Broken Consciousness (5:09)
6. Hidden Voices (3:50)
7. A Song For You (3:01)
8. The Journey Along (9:58)

Total Time 44:01

Line-up / Musicians

- Daniel Eliseev / electric, acoustic & Classical guitars, bass (1,6,8), keyboards (1,2,5,6), programming (1-3,5,6,8), backing vocals (1,3,6), composer, arranger, mixing & producer
- Konstantin Djambazov / lead & backing vocals (1-3,5,6,8), keyboard solo (2,5,8)
- Anelia Toteva / lead & backing vocals (3,7)
- Nikolaj Samardjiev / backing vocals
- Kalin Tonev / keyboards (3)
- Venci Pavlov / fretted (2,3) & fretless (3) basses
- George Varamezov / drums (1-3,5-8), glockenspiel (8), fretless bass (5)

With:
- Emil Mihov / viola da gamba (4,5)
- Sara Panosyan / violin (4)
- Pavel Stoychev / tambourine (5), mixing

Releases information

Artwork: Ivo Christov

CD self-released (2018, Bulgaria)

FLAC download - bandcamp.com

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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team
4 stars We could think at first by looking at the cover of this album, that this is another guitar oriented project of one man, but the music really sounds like a full band with a lot of space left to others instruments and vocal harmonies. The arrangements are well crafted with the use of acoustic, electric guitar, violin and fretless bass which gives to the music different colors. The main attraction to me is the vocals of Konstantin Djambazov and the other vocalists who sometimes sing together which is even more enjoyable. The tone reminds me of Yes and a bit of Gentle Giant, not that Konstantin as a voice of the same quality as Jon Anderson, but it still works with the music that sometimes is heavier. "Night Shadow" as a nice instrumental drums/guitar/keys break with the first exquisite guitar solo. "Pandora And Epimetheus" brings the pace down with some great guitar, keyboard parts as well as some beautiful multipart vocals. "The Journey Along" with his 10 minutes is ending the album nicely by giving an overview of all the atmosphere of a good prog track with some solid guitar, keyboards interplay and another kind of vocals tone, all this carrying the melody at the right pace to keep the listener engaged. This is an album that is never too much on the metal side but is more of a modern progressive album with some old classical prog rock influence.
Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR PSIKE Team & Band Submissions
4 stars Daniel Eliseev is a prolific guitar player, a demanded session musician in Bulgaria. Due to his fine contributions to some projects around keyboarder Kalin Tonev I already was aware of him beforehand. And, real surprise, Tonev strikes back here. He's present on the album's most ambitious piece Pandora And Epimetheus with some dramatic Atomic Rooster ambiance. All in one. As it is his project first and foremost, Eliseev is composer, arranger, producer, of course. And, besides some bass, keyboard and programming input, he predominantly cares for the multiple guitar duties, taken for granted.

The DANIEL ELISEEV PROJECT is also focussed on the vocals, unmistakably, where Konstantin Djambazov takes the lead. And so some may be reminded of the band Yes here and there, because his high pitched voice is a bit Jon Anderson reminiscent. The acoustic guitar dominated ballad A Song For You though also brings a stunning female voice to the fore. Emphasis on vocals also means a bunch of lyrics to explore, well, rather encrypted, always a hurdle for a non-English native like me.

The project's debut delivers modern, well produced songs which generally feature a rather heavy rocking attitude. The album comes like an authentic affair. There's a lot to explore when thinking in melodic prog terms, tricky, varied, catchy, charming, and overly rrrrrrrocking in parts, yeah! Alter Ego and the album title track are standing for an excellent lift-off. The epic The Journey Along showcases another clever composition featuring twists and turns in mood, highly emotional. 'Night Shadow' should be part of every assorted prog rock collection. Absolutely recommended!

Review by b_olariu
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Daniel Eliseev Project aka D.E.P. released his first album in 2018 named Night shadow. Well, this musician is from Bulgaria, not the place you normally think of for prog rock, with some exceptions like FSB, or prog metal band Pantommind being most well known outside of their country, but Virtuel, Clearland or Music Station must be added in the list for sure . Now is time to add another great musician and implicit album in Bulgarian prog rock catalogue Daniel Eliseev and his Night shadow. The release is a good towards great prog rock album , smelling of '70s but not a retro in style, with kick ass guitar lines and some fine musicianship all over. A vast cast of musicians grace the album with Eliseev at helm on guitar, among others: on hammond a young talented keyboardist Kalin Tonev, Konstantin Djambazov on vocals (from Virtuel and Clearland and aswell solo) with a voice remind me of the best Jon Anderson from Yes moments, etc. The guitar parts as I said are excellent specially on pieces like opening Alter Ego, title track , Pandora And Epimetheus being a more paced tune with nice duelings between guitars and keyboards. So, all in all I really enjoy this one from start to finish. 3.5 stars for sure

Review by TCat
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars First of all, thank you to Daniel for sending me his CD to preview.

The Heavy Prog band know as "Daniel Eliseev Project" (or d.e.p.) was founded by Daniel Eliseev from Bulgaria in 2017, during which time he got together a line-up of musicians to help him record his first album called "Night Shadow", which was released in 2018. The album consists of 8 tracks which all span a total time of 44 minutes. Daniel provides most of the guitars, some keyboards and some backing vocals throughout the album, but also utilizes other musicians on various tracks. Most of the lead vocals go to Konstantin Djambazov who also plays some of the keyboard solos. Most of the drums are handled by George Varamezov. Other musicians appear on other single tracks also.

"Alter Ego" begins with a definite heavy sound mostly driven by guitars and keyboards. The sound is complex, yet melodic with definite progressive elements. Vocals start after a minute with a melody that jumps around in a wide range while a the background alternates to a softer sound to a heavy sound, yet melodically remaining complex and some very nice and different harmonies through the layered vocals and instruments. The guitar work is a s great as you want it to be with the right amount of heaviness. The title track "Night Shadow" comes next. This one has a nice progressive jazz/fusion feel to it. Again the vocals jump around in a crazy wide range with non-standard melodies. Some of the background vocal layers are processed with nice effects. At 4 minutes, progressive passages take us into a guitar solo with a faster, yet still smooth tempo.

"Pandora and Epimetheus" is a much more complex and progressive track with a combination of male and female vocals, tricky rhythmic patterns and changes in tone, meter and structure. There is a really nice synth solo at the 5 minute mark that morphs into a guitar solo. "Awakening" is a short 2 minute track that features an acoustic guitar and chirping birds. Later, a viol (or viola da gamba) and violin join in to make a nice sound. "Broken Consciousness" continues with a mellower, acoustic sound with laid back vocals and some nice harmonics in the background vocals. The melodies are still progressive and there are some short, heavier passages, but it mostly stays in a laid-back mood until a more upbeat guitar solo takes over.

"Hidden Voices" utilizes an electronic, almost droning sound and processed vocal layers that bounce all over the place in a playful manner, sounding very much like "Gentle Giant" including the progressive folk style. It's actually quite a nice surprise. "A Song for You" features Anilia Toteva on lead vocals. Starting with a pensive, acoustic guitar introduction, her vocals are a nice switch up to add to the variety on this album. The music continues with it's sparse guitar and voice sound with occasional harmonic vocals. The melody still remains on the complex side, staying away from any standard style. The album ends with "The Journey Along", the longest track at almost 10 minutes. It begins with atmospheric synths supporting a slow guitar solo, first electric, then switching quickly to acoustic, and then to a heavy guitar riff that brings in the other instruments. The tone switches back and forth, complex vocals finally come in and the Heavy Prog sound is back. It takes a special vocal talent to sing these complex melodic lines that have some crazy intervals. Next, there is a great solo section that alternates between guitar and synths, then a music box sound from a glockenspiel takes center stage until the bass brings the vocals back in. After a while, the heavy sound comes back in, things intensify, and the vocalist continues with his vocal acrobatics. Again, this track has quite a variety of moods throughout, but it till sounds concise.

This is a surprisingly great album for a debut effort, and lovers of not only the heavier prog sound should listen to this, but also those that love music that is a little challenging, that don't mind some variety. Those that loved the Gentle Giant sound should also check this out as the music ventures into complex progressive folk from time to time. This album proves that Daniel is not a one trick pony when it comes to his guitar playing, there are many styles here, and they are handled quite well. He's got some amazing compositional skills also. The constants here are top-notch musicianship, complex melody lines, progressive non-standard rock, and crazy vocal intervals that would throw off even some of the most talented singers. This is definitely an album worth checking out. 4 bright stars.

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
4 stars The Balkan nation of Bulgaria is hardly the most prolific region of the planet that has produced a great number of musical exports so it's quite refreshing to hear an artist or two from this remote nook of the world just north of the much more visited Greece and Turkey. Perhaps the most famous musical export is the internationally lauded Bulgarian Women's Choir which more artistically is known as Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares which displays the intricate sophistication of a cappella polyphonic chant but of more recent notoriety is the progressive metal band Pantommind as well as the experimental metal band Smallman. Joining this small but veritable talented pool of musicians from this bucolic beauty by the Black Sea is the recently formed DANIEL ELISEEV PROJECT (D.E.P.) which formed in the capital city of Sofia.

Catching the prog bug after being blown away by albums such as "Going For The One" by Yes and Gentle Giant's "Three Friends," a young DANIEL ELISEEV felt the calling to drift into the prog universe which allowed him to assemble some of the best talent that Bulgaria had to offer and resulted in the DANIEL ELISEEV PROJECT (D.E.P.) which was formed in 2017. After two years crafting their labor of love, ELISEEV and his army of collaborators release this debut album NIGHT SHADOW which not only captures the zeitgeist of classic 70s prog bands but keeps things contemporary with just as much influence from bands like Haken, Riverside and Porcupine Tree. NIGHT SHADOW exhibits the compositional sophistication of classic era bands while sparkling with the sheen of modern day production values as well as incorporating a variety of disparate sounds from both past and present.

Bursting into action with the opening "Alter Ego," the apparent Haken references emerge with feisty heavy progressive guitar riffs duking it out with virtuosic keyboard workouts that ultimately lead to the high octane vocal dynamics of Konstantin Djambazov whose comparisons with Yes' Jon Anderson do ring true however if you ask me, he sounds like a combination of Anderson along with maybe Don Henley of the Eagles since he has more grit to his voice. One of my pet peeves in heavier prog is that bands craft technical workouts with substandard vocal contributions but in the case of D.E.P. it's obvious from the get go that that is not the case here. Composed of the typical prog rock instrumentation of guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, D.E.P. also utilizes some lesser known instruments to great results. The viola, violin and acoustic classical guitar parts are divinely integrated into the heavier sounds to offer a wide range of dynamics along with a few more exotic sounds from the glockenspiel and guest vocalists.

The beauty of NIGHT SHADOW is how well D.E.P. constructs tracks that sound like Haken's heavier prog antics but decorated with extremely demanding complex harmonies and counterpoints quite clearly inspired by Gentle Giant's most revered works without sounding derivative in any way. The tracks develop easily accessible melodies for the most part and only then once properly nurtured spiral into more off-kilter time signature workouts that implement rampaging guitar riffs, sizzling virtuosic solos and keyboards that unleash the Keith Emerson inspired juggernauts. Another nice touch is the extensive use of the fretless bass which employs a rich tapestry of microtones to be exploited for maximum effect. Generally speaking, the tracks start out slow and soft and lead their way to a more explosive climactic conclusion. Only the opener explodes onto the stage and never slows down.

The middle section of the album is much softer than the two tracks that bookend the album's 44 minute run. The short acoustic guitar track "Awakening" is more of an intro for the following "Broken Consciousness" which displays a veritable smorgasbord of softer and heavier passages with Djambazov's vocal style hitting new strides as he effortlessly keeps up with the jittery time signature passages. Perhaps the only surprise and somewhat of a let down is the track "A Song With You" which features Anelia Toteva on vocals. While a beautiful song that focuses on her feminine charm, it doesn't seem to jive with the rest of the album and would've been best left for an album of similar stylistic approach. It lacks the diverse dynamics of the other tracks.

The grand finale and my favorite track of the album comes in the form of the near ten minute behemoth "The Journey Along" which delivers all the prog goods. An atmospheric moody intro on keyboards with a wailing guitar slowly creeping in, an instantly pleasant melodic hook with just enough avant-angularity to give it an edge and plenty of dynamic shifts into classical guitar and then heavy hard rock riffing attacks. It's the kind of track that takes you on a musical journey in instrumental explosiveness before the vocals ever start nearly three minutes in. The vocals and classical guitar parts are exquisitely slightly off pitch from each other and the remaining band members never miss a beat as they drop in and out of the overall schematics, showing the talent on board this one which resulted from ELISEEV hand picking some of Bulgaria's musicals from already established careers. To top it off, the production is flawless and every instrument finds its proper place and the music speaks for itself never relying on gimmicks.

This one is excellent! My only complaint is how the album loses momentum with the misplaced "A Song For You" but other than that minor quibble the DANIEL ELISSEV PROJECT delivers a highly accomplished debut and should be on every progger's radar as this is only the beginning and a sign of great things to come. To me it sounds like D.E.P. picked up where Haken decided to drop the ball after the band abandoned the overt prog leanings on "The Mountain" and went for a more conventional heavy prog sound, however despite all the references to Yes, Gentle Giant, Haken, Porcupine Tree and the rest, most importantly is that the D.E.P. emerges with a fully formed band sound all their own and one that finds no flaws of instrumentalists or vocalists not ready for prime time. While Bulgaria may not be the world's largest producer of great prog bands, this small nation of roughly seven million sure delivers the quality emerging from within its borders. Bravo!

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4 stars "Good new from Bulgaria, very good news!" Guitar player, arranger and composer Daniel grew up at a time when Bulgaria was part of the so-called communist Eastern Bloc, in these difficult times rock music was like a semi-legal way o ... (read more)

Report this review (#2202734) | Posted by TenYearsAfter | Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Wow. I am really glad I happened to read a review of NIGHT SHADOW, a 2018 release by Bulgarian musician Daniel Eliseev, and checked it out on Apple Music. It is hard to believe this is a debut album, at least I think it is. This is a highly polished effort consisting of a great mix of hea ... (read more)

Report this review (#2189928) | Posted by mohaveman | Thursday, May 2, 2019 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Remarkable'no, Exceptional'er, Exquisite Heavy-Progressive Rock debut'heck, all of the above Daniel Eliseev Project '..a band founded and produced by Daniel Eliseev -for recording and performance of his own music.' Current members: Daniel Eliseev- , composer, arranger, guitars, bass, pro ... (read more)

Report this review (#2184602) | Posted by Steve Conrad | Sunday, April 21, 2019 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Truly Outstanding. Not a bad track. Mature experienced musicians moving from thoughtful acoustic (like Rush) all the way to heavy impactful rock (this Sabbath) with a sprinkling of Progressiveness. Doesn't remind me of other bands so much, and as such is a fairly original sound. "The Journey A ... (read more)

Report this review (#2168460) | Posted by strachanyug | Monday, March 25, 2019 | Review Permanlink

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