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SUBSPACE RADIO

Heavy Prog • Finland


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Finnish progressive rock band SUBSPACE RADIO was formed a couple of years ago, then with name STARFISH. Band was a brainchild of Juha Mattila - guitar and Max Malin - drums. Bass player in STARFISH used to be Mikko Johansson. It took a while for a band to find suitable vocalist. That appeared in form of Italian singer Mauro Montanaro. Band played music from U2 to CRANBERRIES and RUSH. Their influences as well as styles were many. After couple of demos and handful of gigs Mikko had enough. STARFISH started to look for a new bass player. Jarkko Saren was what band had been looking for, bass player who could also sing. STARFISH did only 1 gig with Jarkko on bass and Mauro on vocals. They were supporting Janina Frostell. Soon after that concert Juha and Max had a meeting where they decided that there has to be a change in line up. Mauro had re-located to Singapore, so it was really hard for band to work properly. Mauro had to go.

STARFISH changed their name to SUBSPACE RADIO and went to studio to record their first album with new singer. They recorded all the basic tracks, but singer wasn't able to come up with melodies and vocal lines. Jarkko decided that something has to be done and he stood behind the microphone and rest is, as the wiser say, history. SUBSPACE RADIO's debut album was released in November 2004. Music on that album is something between "Signals" era RUSH and mid-eighties MARILLION, but with new Sub-sound. while listening the album you can sure hear what those guys like to listen to, but you can't accuse them from stealing anything from their influences.

If you like real music, played by real musicians then I can highly recommend you to go to www.subspaceradio.com and order SUBSPACE RADIO's CD, it is really worth it!

Tero Honkasalo, FINLAND : : :

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Subspace Radio Heavy Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars Three years after their debut, Finnish RUSH-influenced rock band SUBSPACE RADIO released their second album. The debut didn't receive very good feedback here, and mostly it remained unnoticed. While still not quite in the first row of Finnish growing prog scene, things have notably improved. This follower is not half as monotonous listening experience as the debut was, and the elements of progressive rock have increased especially in the song writing. The opening track is over ten minutes, not an epic really but the changes between sections work nicely, even if the song is on the heavier side and thus not among my favourites.

It's the thick, loud guitar playing that dominates the sound, but every now and then you hear also more delicate guitar sounds reminiscent of Marillion. Keyboards tend to have taken the back seat (again comparable to the later-day RUSH) which is a shame: with more solos by various instruments the music would appear more interesting. All in all, their direction is good. Considering the Heavy Prog subgenre (not my cup of coffee), I found surprisingly lot to enjoy here. But I realized after listening to this that I'd rather listen to RUSH themselves. The vocalist doesn't stand out from the crowd as Geddy Lee surely does!

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Review by Eetu Pellonpää
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2 stars The album starts with ambience sounds resembling Rovert Fripp's 1990's solo droning, but as the music rises from it, the real characteristics of this group are presented. The sounds are dominated with heavy guitar riffs, clean keyboards and really ace drumming. From the progressive rock groups I have so far heard, this music resembles the most like 1980's and 1990's Rush: The guitar playing style, way of drumming, supporting clean keyboards, arrangements and feeling of the songs, I even hear some passages which resemble some sequences of the songs of referred group (like main rhythm of "Confrontation" song and Rush's "Hyperspace" section of "Natural Science"). Also other Finnish groups like Ageness and Prime Mover have some similarities with this; Not too eccentric approach, emphasizing positive feeling, heavy guitar riffs, detailed arrangements, good compositions and professional musicians. If you like more straightforward riff construction with supporting synth effects, and heroic sounding melodies with fine instrumental arrangements and virtuosic playing abilities, this might be worth checking from the country of thousand lakes. It did not fit totally to my personal musical taste, but anybody liking specially this kind of music might easily flip in additional stars to his or her review. Here the lack of personality and imagination did not compensate the amount of evidently fine composition, arrangement and performing skills.

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Review by Matti
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2 stars This Finnish debut album didn't raise much interest on me. I listened to it only twice and will now forget it right afterwards. I spotted it when I was searching progressive rock from the library database, seeing that it has just one review here. True, you can hear the obvious RUSH influence (80's). And true, it all gets very monotonous and boring. All the tracks are in more or less the same tempo, with the same thickness of sound carpet continuing on and on. No versatility, no songs that somehow would raise above others. Of course they could improve by getting to know them better - but I doubt it. The first two tracks had some effect, but to listen the album through was really getting dull. Nevertheless, I wish these guys the best of luck and hope that they find their right audience and most of all develop as song writers - as players they do have potential to grow bigger. Lyrics were quite the same all the way, nothing memorable, using images like an empty land and open skies.

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Review by pirkka

4 stars It is courageous to publish a bands debut album self. And produce it self as well. The band must really have confidence in themselves. And why shouldn't Subspace Radio have! Great playing and good singing. Experienced team work. This could be a great album and actually there are many good moments in it.

If you should name a band which influence can be heard it would be Rush. And that can be heard in the fact that the songs are a bit monotonous and that arrangements are such that all play all the time. It becomes a bit boring and exhausting. But if you like songs with sustaining soundspaces and steady rhythms this just might be music for you. With the critics I don't mean that this is a bad album. No, not at all. Not only is this good, this would be a good addition to any prog collection. Therefore I give it 3½ and round it upwords.

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