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Symphonic Prog • Ukraine


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ANTONY KALUGIN is a multi-talented musician and composer from Ukraine who initially began creating music as a new age artist back in 2003, but would eventually begin writing progressive rock under Caerllysi Music in 2008. ANTONY KALUGIN is widely known as the brainchild behind projects such as KARFAGEN, SUNCHILD, HOGGWASH, and AKKO.


At this point, ANTONY KALUGIN is the only person to have participated on his solo albums. He has played every instrument and wrote every song, making this a totally solo project. ANTONY KALUGIN'S debut solo album officially was The Water released in 2008. This album had mixed reviews on the time of its release and shows his transition from new age to progressive rock. After this debut, ANTONY KALUGIN would not write any new solo albums for quite some time. Instead focusing on writing music for his other projects. However, every once in awhile he would release a short EP displaying some music that he had been writing that wouldn't fix the normal criteria of the projects he was in.

In 2020, ANTONY KALUGIN began writing new material for a solo album called Marshmallow Moondust planned for a release on 10/10/20. From the samples given so far, this album has more in common with his work on KARFAGEN then any of the solo albums that were released in the past. This is Symphonic Prog in it's purest form. ANTONY KALUGIN'S early solo work can be described as a mix of PETER GABRIEL with some early elements of PINK FLOYD. However, ANTONY KALUGIN'S newest album leans closer to CAMEL and YES. I would recommend checking out ANTONY KALUGIN'S solo work if you are a fan of any of his projects listed above.


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3.95 | 19 ratings
The Water
2008
4.00 | 15 ratings
AKKO 1
2013
4.31 | 13 ratings
AKKO 2
2019
4.05 | 138 ratings
Marshmallow Moondust
2020
3.97 | 102 ratings
Stellar Gardener
2021
4.03 | 90 ratings
Chameleon Shapeshifter
2021
3.70 | 44 ratings
Rebirth
2022

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3.90 | 10 ratings
Christmas Song
2017
4.00 | 9 ratings
Legacy
2018
4.00 | 2 ratings
Fantasion (Mid Stage Demo)
2022
4.33 | 3 ratings
Вільна / Vil​`​na (Live in Poznań)
2022
3.83 | 3 ratings
Pilgrimage
2022

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 Rebirth by KALUGIN, ANTONY album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.70 | 44 ratings

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Rebirth
Antony Kalugin Symphonic Prog

Review by bartymj

2 stars If anyone's read other reviews I've done of Kalugin's albums you'll see I've got a bit of a love/hate relationship. He's clearly talented at putting a composition together, but too much of his work screams of "prog by numbers", pandering too much to be inoffensive and just ending up with a beige, middle of the road, forgettable album.

Well he's done it again. Only this time, for some reason, for me its even more boring. Tracks like 'Planets' you wouldn't be surprised to hear in the channel directory on an old hotel TV, or hold music while you're 47th in the queue on the phone to your bank. Some others could easily be copyright free stock corporate presentation jingles. Its incredibly frustrating, because it could be so much better.

Judging by the ratings and reviews on Kalugin & Karfagen's albums there are a core of fans who clearly see something more than I do.

If you want bland and inoffensive, listen to his other albums. If you fancy a bit of offensively bland, give this a listen.

 Pilgrimage by KALUGIN, ANTONY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2022
3.83 | 3 ratings

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Pilgrimage
Antony Kalugin Symphonic Prog

Review by Drmick1971

4 stars More music from Antony Kalugin is never enough. Here we have a new EP consisting of 3 tracks. Again Antony has raided his unreleased catalogue and expanded and enhanced old music into polished, complete and satisfying gems. The opening track, 'Pilgrimage' begins on a tight drum beat with what one can describe as Gregorian type chants followed by choir like vocals with keyboard and guitar filtering through. This track showcases Max Velychko's Steve Vai / Joe Satriani style of guitar playing. Antony on his keyboards shines and responds with his surreal and touching arrangements.

The second track 'Journey to a Shrine' is the long track clocking near 11 minutes. As anyone who has read my previous reviews knows I love the journey of music, which is what this is. Flowing through many subtleties, this track winds and traverses a road that is a true pleasure to be lost in. There is a middle-east flavour in this chapter. Approximately 5 minutes in, the most intricate and subtle guitar is played until the full bodied electric chords with heartfelt vigor ensues. Finishing off with Olga's ethereal vocals and a crescendo of keyboards.

The third track 'Hymn of Hope' is a positive and endearing track starting with piano and mandolin style guitar. The music mirrors the title perfectly. Antony and Max are a perfect match, complimenting and expanding each other. So good to hear Olga singing again with her angelic voice enhancing the already fulfilling composition.

This release was a surprise coming out not long after 'Rebirth'. Yes, my only complaint is that it is not a full album. As this is a preview of what will be a full album, it gives a great indication of what it will be coming. An intriguing taster to wet your appetite.

 Rebirth by KALUGIN, ANTONY album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.70 | 44 ratings

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Rebirth
Antony Kalugin Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Having reviewed the continuous chain of new albums by Antony Kalugin (whether under his own name or his band project KARFAGEN), I feel that with this work there's no urgent need to deal with the thread of the fatigue factor. Nor do I wish to think of the horrible situation his country Ukraine is suffering. This album made under such sad circumstances really proves the power of creativity and music as a torch. All the more so as Rebirth sounds sincerely inspired and hopeful -- and light, in a happy, good way.

Antony handles keyboards, synth guitars and programming while the electric guitar is played by Max Velychko. That's a rewarding deal indeed: Max has added organic strength that would perhaps be lacking if Antony had done everything by himself. Compared to the albums with the epic structure of 20-minute suites, Rebirth that consists of ten tracks (only 7:34 at longest) understandably doesn't attempt to be as symphonic. This approach covered the half of the preceding album Chameleon Shapeshifter (2021) in which the shorter pieces were somewhat inferior to the gorgeous epic piece. In that sense I feel Antony has now succeeded better as a composer of regular length pieces.

I enjoy the bright keyboard sounds on the opening track 'Rebirth', and the fine melody is nicely bouncing between keys and electric guitar. 'Planets' -- as the album as a whole -- makes me think of some post-80's MIKE OLDFIELD albums such as Songs from Distant Earth. 'Days of Joy' is, as the title suggests, among the most light-hearted pieces and pretty enjoyable. 'White Castle' features sounds that lead your imagination to bygone times and exotic places like Alhambra. A bit of BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, a bit of LOREENA McKENNITT (without vocals).

The entire album is very accessible and melodic, which shouldn't be seen as a weakness per se -- not even on a prog site. The melodies are beautiful in their sincerity, for example on the nocturnally sensual 'Night Visions' and the laid back 'Sky Lines'. 'Broken Promises' has a bit darker mood, but the album is finished by 'Coming Home' that radiates hope. Rebirth is a balanced and coherent album of light instrumental prog, easily worth four stars in my opinion. It manages to have a distinctive, warm and positive personality among Antony Kalugin's ever-expanding discography.

 Rebirth by KALUGIN, ANTONY album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.70 | 44 ratings

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Rebirth
Antony Kalugin Symphonic Prog

Review by Drmick1971

4 stars I found 'Rebirth' on my initial listen a breath of fresh air. It is a change from Antony's previous releases. It is an easier listen that is instantly enjoyable. The album itself is in essence a rebirth of sorts. This is not so much a progressive album. It is stripped of the layers, it loses the complexity and I would describe it as more an instrumental album where the listener can chill out.

The first track, 'Rebirth' introduces us to this new change. It jumps straight in and you get the vibe straight away where this music is heading. It would not be a Antony Kalugin album if there wasn't a track that included Space. Hence that is what we have with the second track, 'Planets' which opens with this percussion that reminds me of composer Gustav Holst's 'Mars'. Of course we get that empty feeling that there is a sea of space in between our planets. 'Days of Joy' is a sprightly piece, the name says it all. 'White Castle' is a true joy. A medieval theme, maybe something you would hear from Steve Howe or Rick Wakeman. 'Solstice' is an uplifting tune that reminds me of a festival, a tune for celebration. 'Night Visions' gives you that feeling of overlooking a city at night watching all the lights, the busy nightlife flourishing. 'Skylines' is a happy tune with a hint of medieval through the wonderful acoustic guitar of Max Velychko. 'Broken Promises' is to me probably the most prog track on this album. It has slight hints of Pink Floyd. Please note, 'slight'. This has a nice moody atmosphere where I am a little reminded of 'Echoes'. A truly chill out tune that builds to a nice crescendo. 'Nights of Wonder' could be a second chapter to 'Night Visions'. Maybe it is a reminder of those magical nights with friends that live with you forever. 'Coming Home', the final track I hope would be the anthem for all the displaced victims from Ukraine for when they finally come home to their country in peace and prosperity. This track has a feeling of triumph and overcoming adversity.

As with every album of Antony's, each has it's own themes and character whether it is Karfagen, Sunchild or his own solo works. If I was to describe this album in one word, I would choose 'Effervescent'. Considering the horrific events that Antony and his family have had to endure, this album is a surprise because after such, you would think a darker mood of an album would occur. However that is not the case here. Antony I think has such a positive spirit, he is above the darkness that has enveloped his country.

 Rebirth by KALUGIN, ANTONY album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.70 | 44 ratings

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Rebirth
Antony Kalugin Symphonic Prog

Review by Trinity S

5 stars Lite and melodic. So easy and enjoyable to listen to. Picturesque territory where New age meets art rock! Yes there are some touches of Pink Floyd in some parts- in my humble opinion, it's only a compliment. The header track "rebirth" and "planets" are the Hit instrumental pieces, while the "days of joy" and "nights of wonder" are lovely mixture of symphonic art rock. Also, I do like the "White Castle" track - it reminds me Steve Hackett at his best!! "Homecoming " is superb finishing of the album! Long live Ukraine , keep on doing great work, Anton! Highly recommend to all fans of AKP music!
 Rebirth by KALUGIN, ANTONY album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.70 | 44 ratings

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Rebirth
Antony Kalugin Symphonic Prog

Review by WJA-K

2 stars We are in a horrible time for the Ukrainian people and can't even imagine the troubles Antony Kalugin is facing right now. I wish him and those close to him all the best.

That said, this review is not about that. It is about his new record "Rebirth". I will be giving my opinion about the music solely.

Labelled here as symphonic prog, I find it all a bit slick. And not very surprising. It found inspiration in groups like Pink Floyd, but then the 80s and 90s Gilmour dominated sound. Especially the guitar is almost as if Gilmour himself is playing. The accompanying synths do the rest to give that Floyd feel. And sometimes I also hear a bit of Focus and Akkerman. For instance with a day of joy.

It sounds pleasant, though it is not my favourite type of prog, which I really like to be a bit edgier and more adventurous. That said, it is a good listen. For fans of this particular genre. I rate it 2 stars.

 Rebirth by KALUGIN, ANTONY album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.70 | 44 ratings

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Rebirth
Antony Kalugin Symphonic Prog

Review by CAERLLYSI

5 stars When your whole world is shattered by the horrors of your country being invaded and you are forced to flee from your home, spending several long weeks traveling across your country only to find, soon after settling there, that it was not the sanctuary you prayed for. Very little outside the safety of your loved ones and yourself matters during those long painful days and nights. Music can help keep the soul alive and with Anthony this was very much the case during the many conversations we had of music past, present and of the future was chewed over.

One cd in particular was proving very popular with our Caerllysi customers, which musically lit a flame that burned brightly for both of us. Antony's pre "The Water" days is a vast Aladdin's cave of delicious melodic pieces that, when revisited, we both felt had the sound foundations would make great music for 2022.

Antony, with time weighing heavily, trapped in a sort of groundhog day existence, duly sorted out the tracks he would use for the album from these vaults and asked his great friend Max Velychko to play guitar on the album, he would add additional keyboards plus other sounds and expand musically, where required, plus mix and master using his production skills to look to create a dynamic uplifting melodic instrumental album fit for today's listener.

From the moment we heard the demo of the opening section to the title track we both knew it was an amazing musical success and exactly what the doctor ordered to lift our spirits and carry on his fight for freedom and to live again in peace.

The second disc the "Land of Gold and Green" bonus disk has been incredibly popular and available for some time now digitally. We have always assured folk that, when the time allowed, it we would make it available on disc as well for the multitude out there. As always we keep our promises to you, our faithful supporters, and hope that long may that relationship prosper and grow.

Antony and his family are now safely in Poland for the time being so share his happiness via his music hope you enjoy lots of love and peace.

Will Caerllysi Music

 Chameleon Shapeshifter by KALUGIN, ANTONY album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.03 | 90 ratings

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Chameleon Shapeshifter
Antony Kalugin Symphonic Prog

Review by Yeshead58

4 stars This new album by Antony Kalugin is another breath of fresh air! It is the epitome of what classic prog-rock should sound like.

The album opens at a slow pace, but that soon changes and we are treated to a soundscape of wonderful harmonies between the keyboards and the guitars. Antony has composed some beauties here and there is not only a tapestry of melodies and counter melodies, but some very interesting sound effects too. There is a variety of styles ranging from prog to jazz. I noticed that there were some exquisite piano melodies supporting the main themes, but what really got me is the guitar playing. Some real juicy riffs and solos, adding extra texture to support the keys.

Also there is some intricate drumming that adds to the pace of these songs, and I have to admire the skill used here. And there are some nifty bass playing too! And I'm sure there is a vocoder in there somewhere. I love the sound of those things, especially in this type of music. I really enjoyed this album very much, and I shall be listening to this for some time to come!

So Antony has created 3 albums recently and I can't wait to hear about live gigs. Once bands can tour again when this Covid has settled, I'm sure there will be occasions to see performances, and I shall be so excited to see this music played live. But in the meantime, let's enjoy music such as this! Great album Antony!

 Chameleon Shapeshifter by KALUGIN, ANTONY album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.03 | 90 ratings

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Chameleon Shapeshifter
Antony Kalugin Symphonic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars Fifteen years ago I had my first musical experience with work from the prolific multi-instrumentalist Anthony Kalugin (Ukraine, 1981, known for his work with Hoggwash, Karfagen, Sunchild and AKKO), it was the first Karfagen album, I was delighted about the duo keyboard work. A fellow PA collaborator who was also from the Ukraine told me that Anthony was very pleased with all the positive words about his first Karfagen album but that it was hardly available in his own country! I hope things have changed for him anno 2021, with the release of the final chapter of the Magical AKP (= Anthony Kalugin Projects) Trilogy entitled Chameleon Shapeshifter.

The album starts with the epic Chameleon (close to 20 minutes), it is structured in the symphonic rock tradition featuring lots of flowing shifting moods, breaks, and soli on a wide range of instruments, but it sounds very accessible and melodic (like Neo-Prog). From slow rhythms with spacey and brassy synthesizer flights to an accellaration in a mid-tempo with pleasant work on guitar and keyboards. From a spectacular bombastic break with rock guitar and flashy synthesizers to tender piano in ambient climate with spacey keyboards. From dreamy atmospheres with mellow play on saxophone, accordion and flute to a slow rhythm with sensitive electric guitar, then a lush synthesizer sound. And finally a strong build-up with exciting guitar solo featuring howling and biting runs, topped with spacey synthesizers and a tight beat, concluded with tender classical piano work. The music does not fail to keep my attention during the entire running time, and I am very pleased with the lush synthesizer sound, from spacey flights to a sensational pitchbend driven synthesizer solo, wow!

Shapeshifter (6:06) reminds me of Eighties Camel, very melodic and harmonic, with wonderful work on guitar and keyboards. First dreamy with sensitive electric guitar and piano, then a slow rhythm, mellow synthesizer flights join, the rhythm-section turning more dynamic. Next a sensitive and powerful electric guitar solo, culminating in bombastic climate with saxophone and guitar, the interplay is awesome. In the second part the mood shifts to dreamy with tender piano and guitar, culminating in powerful saxophone work, in a slow rhythm.

Exceptional Chamel Ballard (7:48) delivers a spacey synthesizer intro, followed by a slow beat, topped with a fine synthesizer solo and sensitive guitar solo. Halfway a surprising swinging break with powerful bass, fat synthesizer flights and fiery guitar solo (evoking Pink Floyd). Finally mellow work on keyboards.

House On The Hill (4:04) starts with a keyboard sound that comes close to Mellotron strings, pretty melancholical. Then the atmosphere turns more cheerful with folky flute and acoustic guitar. Halfway a slow rhythm with heavy guitar runs, but finally again mellow with folky flute. Another tastefully arranged composition.

In Wonderous Glory (4:50) first a dreamy climate with flute and piano, then a Camel-like atmosphere with guitar and piano in slow rhythm soft synthesizer flights. Halfway fiery guitar and a more lush sound, embellished with spacey synthesizers. In the end sensitive guitar and flute, simply wonderful, trademark Anthony Kalugin.

The final song Key (4:16) features duo vocals (male and female), blended with twanging acoustic guitar, sensitive electric guitar and soaring keyboards, the romantic atmosphere and vocals strongly brings early Steve Hackett solo to my mind.

After all those years I am even more delighted about Anthony Kalugin, what a strong, varied and tasteful prog effort!

 Chameleon Shapeshifter by KALUGIN, ANTONY album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.03 | 90 ratings

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Chameleon Shapeshifter
Antony Kalugin Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars As a prog-lover whose biggest long-time favourites [of the seventies] include Genesis, Yes, Camel, Pink Floyd, Mike Oldfield and Renaissance, I can sincerely declare Antony Kalugin from Ukraine to be one of my favourite prog musicians of recent years. His solo albums and the KARFAGEN albums offer the kind of melodic and soaring instrumentally oriented symphonic prog that I greatly enjoy. I don't see significant differences between the two (except of course for the fact that Marshmallow Moondust and Stellar Gardener were entirely performed by him), and since this album is a band work, it could have as well been a Karfagen album I guess. It also differs from the mentioned Kalugin albums in the structure: no two vinyl-side long epics this time, just one which is followed by five shorter pieces.

'Chameleon' (19:40) is simply marvelous instrumental epic! The fresh and CAMEL-like mellowish soundscape is relatively easy on the ears -- not a bad thing, is it? -- but the symphonic composition is packed with action so to speak. In other words progress, progressivity, in the means of constantly going forward. The melodies are full of emotion and the shifts from one movement to another feel quite natural, although here and there I would have even liked to stay a bit longer in the certain moods. The guitars of Max Velychko and Kalugin's wide cast of keyboards build really beautiful and uplifting arcs of melodies, not forgetting the flute either. Karfagen collaborator Olha Rostovska adds some occasional vocalising. The most romantic moments may approach the sonic world of Vangelis (another of my long-time favourite musicians). Full score for this gorgeous piece.

'Shapeshifter' is also very uplifting from the melodic point of view. Electric guitar solo is excellent, but the soprano sax and the choral-vocals sound a bit too cheesy. Funnily titled 'Exceptional Chamel Ballard' -- something like a Camel Ballad? -- indeed has a Blade Runner reminding beginning as BrufordFreak points out. The often used negative term "prog by numbers" could be used here, to be honest, but most of the sonic details are enjoyable, only some brief ingredients I slightly dislike (such as Antony's freaky voice part).

'House on the Hill' is a very mellow, Celtic flavoured four-minute composition with an important role for the flute. Pretty, sure, but luckily the whole album is not in this direction. The easy-listening music reminding sax returns in 'Wonderous Glory', to an unfavourable effect if you ask me. Also the human voices are frankly quite unnecessary in this piece. Sometimes I get the feeling that Antony Kalugin tries too hard, ie. overproduces his compositions, instead of relying on the essentials of song-writing where less can truly be more.

The vocal song 'Key' (why is it marked as a bonus track?) is an excellent and, most of all, very balancing way to end this album. Comparisons to STEVE HACKETT at his calmest are adequate. Kalugin's own warm voice and the vocal harmonies fit perfectly to the nearly nocturnal soundscape featuring beautiful acoustic guitar. For the little minuses here and there, I feel four stars is the right rating for this album instead of five, which is how I'd rate the long epic. Anyways, fans of Kalugin/Karfagen won't be disappointed! A beautiful work, again.

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