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PROJECT (ALSO KNOWN AS PPRY)

Symphonic Prog • Finland


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The real name of this strange from Finland is PPRY which is not really a band but some sort of association created in the early 90's to distribute and help their members in the release of individual musical projects.

This association was formed in 1993 playing what they call "Concept Music with some degree of orchestration" in other words what we know as Symphonic Prog., but it's only in the year 2003 when they release their "one off" title "Name Stoles" under the band name of PROJECT.

It's little what can be found about their early years and the information available starts and ends with the release of Name Stolen" (The name of the album was chosen because apparently the original name of the album was stolen being that too many people had access to the work done by the members of PPRY), the album is basically a four members team with some guests recruited for the release of the above mentioned album.

Janne Rinnet who is one of the founding members and plays bass, flute, guitar and vocals; Petri Ahola in guitars and backing vocals, Mika Koskela in the drums and the multi instrumentalist T, Uskali who's main contribution is in the keyboard (Doesn't appear in the album), plus Kristian Hanonen who is a guest vocalist and J. Tolonen who ads extra guitars but is not credited in the album.

There's not much that can be said about PROJECT, because according to their official site the name PROJECT will never be used again because their next album apparently named "Raising the Skeletons of Fire by Hand." Will be released under the name of PPRY, so probably this entry will disappear and both bands will be united under only one name, being that it's essentially the same group.

Any way, "Name Stolen" is a dark, haunting an atmospheric album which s worth to buy, specially for those fanatics of the peculiar sound of Scandinavian Symphonic bands.

IvŠn Melgar Morey - Perķ

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3.07 | 6 ratings
Name Stolen
2005
3.08 | 5 ratings
Raising the Skeletons of Fire by Hand
2008

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 Name Stolen by PROJECT (ALSO KNOWN AS PPRY) album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.07 | 6 ratings

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Project (Also known as PPRY) Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Project (today known as PPRY) were formed in early 90's in Riihimški,Finland and began their live activity before mid-90's.In 2000 the band releases a 8-track demo entitled ''Project:Forest''.In 2002 they finished the recordings of the full-length release ''Project:Name stolen'' with the same line-up,the band has agreed with Mellow Records to release it,but for unknown reasons this would'nt be distributed until 2005.

Project created a really underground and mysterious album consisting of sixteen tightly connected tracks of a haunting atmosphere.The sound is split between heavy organ-driven 70's styled Prog Rock and CAMEL-esque melodic Symphonic Rock with some slower darker parts thrown in in close to the style of bands like ANGLAGARD and ANEKDOTEN.There are also some psychedelic elements to be found.Vocals are also dark yet average both in sung and spoken parts,propably they sound so to keep the whole album going in the same atmosphere.The organ passages of Tuukka Haapala are a highlight,while most of the guitar parts are also interesting.The album flows nice and easy,without though being a masterpiece.

''Project:Name Stolen'' is a very decent album overall,the darkness and melody are very well measured,so the work keeps some good balance,while the retro influences are nicely filtrated.So if bands in the vein of ABIOGENESIS,AREKNAMES or MEN OF LAKE are among your tastes,this effort comes strongly recommended.

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3.08 | 5 ratings

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Project (Also known as PPRY) Symphonic Prog

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars This third album - according to their website - of Finnish act PPRY/Project is at times a really interesting escapade.

Their chosen style resides somewhere in between symphonic prog and space rock; with organ and synth layers as dominant elements of their excursions. Rather than dramatic and energetic they opt for a more dreamy approach; often with big soundscapes and rich textures rather than ambient and mellow excursions; and they do tend to mix their space-tinged explorations with themes and passages completely without these elements, resulting in music truly hard to place in terms of progressive rock categories.

The downside of this album are twofold - mix and production leaves a lot to be desired; and the vocal passages even more so. Thankfully the instrumental segments dominates the compositions at hand; and the one long segment where the vocal input does work - the last 8 minutes of the last track - is a stunning effort with grimly spoken words on top of a floating, fluctuating rich synth tapestry that is truly amazing.

Lots of talent and lots of promise here; and with better production and a decent vocalist this would have been a top notch creation.

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 Name Stolen by PROJECT (ALSO KNOWN AS PPRY) album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.07 | 6 ratings

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Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars Here is a promising Finnish progrock band that has delivered a wonderful, very tasteful progrock album.

1 - Inside the temple : The intro features an ominous climate and a scary voice, then a mellow atmosphere with whispering vocals and bluesy electric guitar.

THIEF: THE STORY

2 - (a) Inside : This piece delivers several shifting moods, from slow to swinging with organ waves, sensitive electric guitar and some fiery saxophone.

3 - (b) Exile : The climate on this track is dark and atmospheric, the fragile electric guitarplay has a bit Mid-Eastern undertone and I hear a kind of bagpipe sound, a very original sound.

4 - (c) Outside : The variety goes on, this is a tasteful and elaborated mid-tempo song featuring warm vocals, bluesy slide-guitar, beautiful piano chords and mellow organ waves. It reminds me of the mid-Dire Straits era when they were blending pop and symphonic.

5 - Dying of light : This one delivers dreamy vocals (evoking Dire Straits) and relaxed guitar play.

6 including CRK-HNV 3.36 : A folky climate with a bagpipe sound.

GIANT STEPS

7 - (a) Consider it done : A wonderful track with twanging electric guitar and a slow rhythm with soaring keyboards and sensitive electric guitar work.

8 - (b) Suspicion : Here Project sounds more dynamic in a mid-tempo song with lush organ and a break delivering a swinging organ solo and propulsive, R&R inspired guitar play.

9 - Severance is futile : This composition contains a dreamy atmosphere featuring compelling guitarwork and moving soli on trumpet and organ.

A SONG FOR THE DESSERT - A SONG FOR THE FALLEN

10 - (a) Requiem of a lonely man : Dreamy climate, melancholical vocals (evoking Frank Borneman from Eloy) and nice work on the saxophone and electric gutiar.

11 - (b) Momentum : This short piece delivers a swinging clavinet, just another fine surprise from this unique Finnish band!

12 - (c) The irrational reports a spectacular loss of apparatus for the ill of substance : An ominous climate and scary voices, then a psychedelic atmosphere featuring strong interplay between organ and drums that reminds me of the epic Pink Floyd composition "Echoes", very compelling and hypnotizing with the use of some sound fragments.

13 - (d) Mementum : This is a reprise from song # 11.

SUNRIDERS

14 - (a) Winds from the past : An ambient track with flute and soaring keyboards, halfway the sound becomes more lush.

15 - (b) The reckoning : This composition features many changing climates and a very tasteful colouring by the guitar and keyboards along melancholical vocals and saxophone.

16 - (c) Heroic expressions, a turttel : The final song starts with soaring keyboards and a wonderful blend of piano and electric guitar. Then a mid-tempo with pleasant work on the electric guitar and saxophone. In the end a tight beat with organ and fine vocals.

THIS IS A VERY ORIGINAL AND TASTEFUL PROGROCK ALBUM THAT DESERVES MORE ATTENTION!

And I would like to dedicate this review to Jari Litmanen, the legendary Finnish soccer player who won the Champions League and the World Cup for teams with Ajax in 1995, thanks Jari!



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