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It was sometime in '92/'93, when Vitalij Kuprij, who was studying classical music in Switzerland at that time, met Roger Staffelbach, a Swiss guitarist who was also studying at the Jazz School in Lucerne. They soon founded their band ATLANTIS RISING, which played several instrumental gigs in Switzerland. After having recorded some demos, they got in touch with Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records, who showed great interest in the band but suggested to add some vocal lines to their songs.

Vitalij had already known stunning drummer Mike Terrana from one of Yngwie Malmsteen's tours. His friend, bassist Kevin Chown, also joined the band and enriched their sound with solid experience and great musicianship, and ARTENSION was born.

Mike Varney introduced Vitalij and Roger to several musicians, one of them being John West, whose soaring vocals, along with Vitalij's and Roger's lightning-fast solos, became the trademark for ARTENSION's neo-classical and agressive music.

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3.23 | 9 ratings
Into the Eye of the Storm
1996
3.96 | 12 ratings
Phoenix Rising
1997
3.61 | 13 ratings
Forces of Nature
1999
2.80 | 5 ratings
Machine
2000
3.58 | 18 ratings
Sacred Pathways
2002
2.97 | 8 ratings
New Discovery
2003
2.82 | 11 ratings
Future World
2004

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 Sacred Pathways by ARTENSION album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.58 | 18 ratings

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Sacred Pathways
Artension Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars They released their first album in 1996 but Artension have only recently started working with each other again. The press release describes this as 'Neoclassical Progressive Metal', and that is probably quite a fair description. The music is based very much around the keyboards of Vitalij Kuprij who in fact met guitarist Roger Steffalbach when he travelled to Switzerland to further his studies on piano (as well as playing in other rock bands such as Ring Of Fire he has also recorded a solo classical CD).

Vitalij writes all of the music and loves nothing better than to show off his speed and dexterity, sometimes to the detriment to the music as a whole. But when it works, such as on "The Emperor", it can be awesome (possibly as this is one of the tracks where Roger also lets rip). John West (Royal Hunt) provides all of the vocals but the feeling for much of the album is that although it has many good points, and some quite brilliant, overall the band could do with a few more tunes and less of the posturing. Not an album to totally dismiss, and one that I will play again, but bands like Stratovarius are more consistent to my ears.

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 Phoenix Rising  by ARTENSION album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.96 | 12 ratings

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Artension Progressive Metal

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars Is this only the second review of this album? I feel the need of advertising this band. Artension were from Switzerland but featuring the Ukrainian monster keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij, that's the reason why I went to know this band as I'm a Kuprij's fan.

Kuprij is a monster keyboardist of classical extraction, or better he is a classical pianist and orchestral director who likes composing and playing progressive metal and the remarkable thing with Artension is that I don't see a big gap between the keyboard and the other instruments. The rest of the band is composed by people so skilled that you won't see anything like i.e. Emerson Lake and Palmer. There's not a leading instrument, it's an ensemble.

The singing is almost always clean and the guitar is often launched in fast solos alternated with the keyboard's. The band appears to be influenced by the early hard-rock and metal bands, in particular Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Iron Maiden with an eye to the longhair metal bands of the 80s but also thank to their skills they have developed a very personal style since from the debut.

This Phoenix Rising is not properly a concept album but requires a mention about the lyrics, too. Of course I will only reproduce parts of the lyrics in order to avoid copyright issues.

"Area 51" is a complex song with many variations in the theme and very powerful, don't listen while driving.... some of the lyrics say: "My powerful doubt burns a hole in my mind Is it confusion, predictions of thoughts concealed Come with me, take my hand, see what I've seen". You can find the first good and very fast keyboard's riff just in the middle of this song, and when it ends Staffelbach is able to continue with the same speed on the guitar. After the solos there's a 30 seconds passage very classically influenced before the song comes back to the original theme.

The song starts with "Packed their bags and left that day one way ticket to outer space Mohtership has sailed away blinded by the comets fall Faithfully they follow, into the fire they ride Fearless hope by their side if only they knew the stories he told were untrue" Still clean vocals and a song format for this track. It's probably because of Kevin Chown's vocals, but this song reminds me to Iron Maiden. There's also an excellent "duel" between keyboards and guitar. The Area51 guy has convinced somebody to leave "through the gate" then "No one told them it all was a lie (he said) take my hand and together we'll fly".

"Valley Of The Kings" begins slow with a piano base, the metal arrives after 1:30 minutes. It's quite a standard for the genre: a slow melodic song with dark elements like, just to mention one, the Metallica's "Nothing Else Matter", but I like in particular the vintage sounds used by VK. The lyrics say: "Cross the sea to the Valley Of The Kings men are fools never know what the future brings gold and thieves in the Valley Of The Kings look what you've done, oh the damage is done ". It's a long track, so the slow part is later replaced by a central true metal section made of fast drumming even though it's still melodic. I have in mind Bruce Dickinson's "Tears Of The Dragon".

The following song is about a sort of schizofreny: "Came across a memory of me as someone else", then "Didn't recognize me, Didn't know what to do In another lifetime I could have been you" This is the Blood Brother. This song has an Uriah Heep flavor specially in the descending scales and the excellent organ solo. An old fashioned song on which Chown sounds between Dickinson and David Byron. One of the album's best.

The story is now a little clearer. We are on a starship going somewhere in the deep space following a lie: "Light years are days the bravest of hearts lead the way While loved ones on earth are praying"Come back to me"". Another good metal song with fast drums and a lot of notes played by bass, guitar and keyboards in the instrumental parts. Excellent performances of guitar and voice in particular.

The title track has a very dramatic start: "Awake but you're asleep you're drawn into the light", then "And all your fantasies are real, and now you can see I see a phoenix rising". It's a bluesy dark song which makes me think to Lucassen's "Star One" as reference.

An intrusion of classical elements starts "Forbidden Love". It's a sort of love song. It says: "in my arms once again knowing that you can never be mine divided by mountains of circumstance". Not very original but very well arranged and played as the whole album is. The instrumental part and its guitar solo raise its level.

Now we know what the starship is seeking for: "The City is lost we search for Atlantis whatever the cost The City is lost child of the sea for eternity tossed The City is lost". Also this song can remind to Maidens but just as reference. The sentence below clarifies everything:" Survivors escaping disaster sailing to far away lands brought knowledge of pyramids, physics and flight the proof is beneath ancient sand". So the phoenix seems to be the mankind and the knowledge survived to Atlantis.

"Goin' Home" starts as a slow love song with piano and vocals. "Take me far away, across the Seven Seas We'll sail to yesterday, our burning hearts set free" then a sort of goodbye "Divin' through the night through the stormy weather Make it last forever and a day" It proceeds melodic but powerful: a classic metal love song.

At the end is quite unusual that the closer is an instrumental with the emblematic title "I Really Don't Care". It an extraordinary piano solo on which VK has the possibility of showing his virtuoso skill. It's just a two minutes track but I wish an entire album made of this stuff if possible.

As written at the beginning of this review I think that this band surely deserves more attention. The album is very good and with a bit of a concept that makes it more tasteful for progheads. No doubts in giving it 4 stars.

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 Into the Eye of the Storm  by ARTENSION album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.23 | 9 ratings

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Into the Eye of the Storm
Artension Progressive Metal

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

3 stars I have reviewed a boring album just after lunch...I need to wake up, so give me some metal...

I have discovered the Artension, a band based in Switzerland but lead by the Ukrainian Vitalj Kuprij after suggesting the inclusion of him (rejected) on PA. Vitalij is an orchestra director with a double discography: classical as director and metal as keyboardist. He's one of those keyboardists classically trained and very fast, and his keyboards are one of the most distinctive elements of Artension's music. Of course also the other elements must be fast enough to avoid being just the keyboardist's support band. The vocals of John West are clean and very standard for the genre and I think that this band can easily been compared to the DREAM THEATER.

In this debut album, apart of the technicalities (all the band's elements are very skilled), the first song which shows also an excellent songwriting is "Smoke And Fire". The instrumental interlude driven by a great bass on which the keyboard solo is low-volume, so not invasive, has fusion moments as it anticipates the metal-fusion genre which will appear more than ten years after this album.

Another track which deserves to be mentioned is "Lost Memory" which starts with a classical intro of classic guitar and piano. After a pause the theme is reprised by the band and the track progresses still maintaining a classical mood but with a lot of rock, too.

Out of the highlights this album contains quite standard prog-metal skillfully played, but so standard to be non-essential. It would deserve more than three stars but it's not enough for the fourth. However I strongly suggest it to who likes fast played "symphonic metal", like YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, fans of the genre in general and also people who likes classically influenced keyboards. Even fans of Emerson and Wakeman can have some fun listening to this album.

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 Forces of Nature  by ARTENSION album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.61 | 13 ratings

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Artension Progressive Metal

Review by octopus-4
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4 stars I'm a Vitalij Kuprij fan, so I went to see what he did before his solo career. This album has been my first opportunity to listen to Artension. Being Vitalij a so skilled performer, I would have expected a keyboard-driven group, but what I have found is a band of extremely skilled musicians able to demonstrate all their skill in a short 3 minutes track.

In fact, Wild Trip in less than 4 minutes contains excellent shots of drums, classical guitar and bass other than keyboards. This is the track I've remained impressed of.

The rest of the album contains melodic parts mixed with classic Metal. All the tracks are very enjoyable and easy also for ears not familiar with this genre, so I think that, unlike Vitalij's solo works, this prog-metal is more prog- than metal-oriented.

John West's voice is a typical metal voice. So typical that it looks like he came directly from the 80s. What is very nice is the contamination. The coda of Guardian of the Hunt, played by synh piano and classical guitar is classic rock and could compete with some of our beloved dynosaurs. Anoter outstanding song is "Behind Your Eyes" which features a more usual (today) version of Vitakij's keyboard.

It's 3.5, but it made me wish to try other stuff of Artension, so I round it to 4.

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 New Discovery by ARTENSION album cover Studio Album, 2003
2.97 | 8 ratings

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Artension Progressive Metal

Review by snobb
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3 stars One of the latest album of melodic classic progressive metal band, based in Switzerland. You will hardly find unusual sounds or experimental structures here. But generally music is at the standard of its genre.

The band is founded by russian keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij, and he is the main engine of the project. Sound is strongly keyboards based, very melodic, vocals is competent, but too pathetic and bombastic for my taste. Guitars and drums sound OK as well. Main accent is done on melodies, and sound is too much polished and too soft. In fact, this album remind me another similar project, established by another russian keyboardist Andre Andersen in Denmark - Royal Hunt. Similar melody vs. Metal energy scheme, similar pop-oriented sound.

In fact, you can imagine this Artension album's music as Royal Hunt with Europe vocals (a-la "Final Countdown" song). Possibly , it doesn't sound too attractive, but I believe some soft prog-metal fans will listen this album with some interest. And keyboardist work is really classy there!

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 Future World by ARTENSION album cover Studio Album, 2004
2.82 | 11 ratings

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Artension Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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2 stars ARTENSION are a multi-national band that was formed in Switzerland in the nineties.This is their seventh and most recent album from 2005. John West is the vocalist here and the only name I recognize.The music has a classical flavour, and at times that Power-Metal rhythm comes to the fore. Keyboards are very upfront, much more so than the guitar. Well all these things add up to me not liking this album at all. Just my tastes in Metal that's all, because man these guys can play. I just don't appreciate it or enjoy it.

"Dark Before The Dawn" opens with keys as a galloping rhythm comes in with vocals.There's that Power-Metal style right there. Guitar before 2 minutes solos followed by bass then it kicks back in. "The Day Of Judgement" has some gymnastics early before it settles in with vocals. Guitar after 2 minutes when the vocals stop. Keys follow then the earlier melody returns. "Federation" opens with synths which are replaced quickly by a thunderous rhythm. Spoken vocals and a calm are followed by riffs.Themes are repeated and we get some crazy synths too. Not a fan. "Tree Of Knowledge" opens with piano as background synths come in. It kicks in after a minute. A calm with vocals a minute later. I like when the vocals get more powerful a minute after that. It kicks in before 5 minutes again. Lots of synths.

"Prelude" is filled with piano melodies. "Future World" has a good rhythm then it settles with vocals. I like West's passionate vocals on the chorus. A calm with piano before 4 1/2 minutes then we get some tasteful guitar before 6 minutes. "Close To The Sun" is pretty good. The focus is on the vocals, that's probably why. "Take Me Into Your Arms" is heavier but then it settles with vocals and piano. Kind of like a power ballad really. "Stand & Fight" is uptempo with lots of synths. "I Really, Really Don't Care" is how I feel at this point. "Moonlight Sonata-1st Movement" opens with quiet piano.

I don't give a lot of 2 stars because I can usually find lots to like with an album even if i'm not a big fan of it. That's not the case here. It's insulting in my opinon to throw 1 stars at albums just because you don't like them or don't "get them" when others are giving 4 and 5 stars for the same recording. My rant of the day (haha).

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 Sacred Pathways by ARTENSION album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.58 | 18 ratings

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Sacred Pathways
Artension Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 realy

Fifth studio album of Artension proves that they are still in business and quite well. On this album is the same line-up like on Phonex rising, the one from previos album was a little diffrent, there was another drumer in stad of Terrana. Another well and good example of how must sound a prog metal album with a good doze of neo classical elements. Taken their influences from bands and musicians like Yngwie Malmsteen, Rainbow or Deep Purple in places, Artension manages to creat something not necesary over the top, but for sure pleasent and with catchy pieces. Every musician involved here has his own manner of aptoaching the instrument, so the resoult is a good album with excellent keys arrangements, great guitar solos and an outstanding voice of Mr. West as always. Every single piece frim Sacred pathway is a pleasure to listen, all have same level, so not one is more in front. The album desearves 3 stars for sure from my side , but as a whole is less intristing than Phoenix rising. If you like bands mentioned above and aswell like prog metal, give this band a try they worth it. 3 stars, good but non essential.

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 Forces of Nature  by ARTENSION album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.61 | 13 ratings

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Forces of Nature
Artension Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Artension third album entitled Forces of nature from 1999 is again a good album , but the shining moments from previous work are in less quantity now, leaving space to a more mainstream sound, but don't expect to something comercial, it's only less intristing than Phoenix rising and also less great than Sacred pathways from 2000. The music reaches influences from Malmsteen, Rainbow even Deep Purple with some neoclasical prog metal aproach, not bad at all but not something special either. Also Artension is toying with heavy-power elements in places not only prog metal, that gives other dimension to the album. The best of what I can extract from here are again the fantstic duels between guitar of Roger Staffelback and keys Vitalij Kuprij, and the excellent voice of West great musicians, very skilful instruental passages, and musicianship is tight , but as I said as whole the album is little less enjoyble than the prior one. Terrana is now gone to play drums with Rage, but he will come back next year to do the work with Artension since the last albu from 2005. The best pieces are Lost Horizon - simply great are the vocal arrangements here, great and very powerfull voice has this John West (remind me in places with John Lynn Turner, but more rough in places), Shape shifter and Tall ship - on both pieces is invited another legend among guitarist the famos Jamas Murphy from Obituary, Death fame and colaborations with many bands and aswell solo career. So I will give to forcess of nature 3 stars, a good one, but nothing realy special, but worth some spins from time to time. The prior one Phoenix rising was and is to me much better.

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 Phoenix Rising  by ARTENSION album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.96 | 12 ratings

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Phoenix Rising
Artension Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I can't belive I'm the first reviewer of this great band. No one was intrested to discover this talented and in same time very skilfull band so far. This is their second album from 1997 named Phoenix rising. I might say I was really impressed, great musicianship combined with great ideas, awesome instrumental passages. Here are gathered a bunch of great musicians, taken each one as individual they are really skilfull. The music from here is like you combined Yngwie Malmsteen, Rainbow and even in places Deep Purple, but they are not a copy/paste band, they have their own aproach to prog metal. The cherry on the cake is for me, the voice of John West (who has many collaborations with bands like Royal Hunt, solo careeretc), a realy gifted singer, with some outstanding jaw droping vocal parts, and the key of the ukrainean player Vitalij Kuprij, these two are simply amazing what is doing here. The other musicians involved here are the omnipresent Mike Terrana on drums also playing with Rage, colaboration with Yngwie Malmsteen, solo career, etc did a great job here, showing that is one of the best in last 20 years in his field. The guitar parts are aranged by the main songwriter and the cofounder of Artention with Vitalij - Roger Staffelbach - who is a good guitar player but is not so evident here, he is doning his job and that's all, anyway a good one. The bass elements are great but nothing realy outstanding. The best pieces are all to me , from mellow parts to a more rough ones made from this second album a good addition to any colection, a great album with a lot to offer, 4 stars easy. One of the best I've heared in last couple of years in prog metal.

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 Into the Eye of the Storm  by ARTENSION album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.23 | 9 ratings

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Into the Eye of the Storm
Artension Progressive Metal

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars What is ARTENSION?Well,propably the mix between the art of classical music and the tension og heavy metal.The art comes from the classical education of the leader of the band Vitalij Kuprij which is very obvious in his piano and keyboard work.The tension comes mainly of the hard rock voice of the heavy metal veteran John West.Beautiful combination and the result is better than satisfying...

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