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Updating the biographies of the bands in a genre is usually challenging and rewarding, because you get the chance to learn about very rare bands, some of them really good and unfairly ignored, but in cases like DELTA CYPHEI PROJECT, is frustrating.

The band is not bad, but they play in the border that divides Neo Prog from simple mainstream, they have some decent keyboard sections, a couple of strong guitars but that's all you are before a band that reminds me of EUROPE and TOTO.

DELTA CYPHEI PROJECT was apparently formed in the early 90's by Mark Prietz (vocals), Paul Zeran (vocals), Jewgeny Wasinger (guitar), Wolf Khalvan (keyboards) and Victor Van Lis (drums).

Their first album "Supernova" was self released in 1992 via a label called Intelligence is music, with lyrics in English but very strong accent, very close to Prog Related, even when you can find some Neo Prog elements hiding behind the heavy Rock.

Their second album "Virtual World" was released in 1993 and even when the band doesn't sound bad at all, it's not a totally Prog album.

After that, there is little info about the band, good albums for people interested in Heavy Neo Prog bands with a touch of mainstream.

Iván Melgar Morey

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2.96 | 6 ratings
2.94 | 13 ratings
Virtual World
3.00 | 3 ratings

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 Supernova by DELTA CYPHEI PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.96 | 6 ratings

Delta Cyphei Project Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars An obscure German Prog group found in 1990 by Tsunami's drummer Vico Lis (aka Victor van Liss) and keyboardist Wolf Khalvan, influenced by the likes of MARILLION, SAGA, RUSH and YES.The first line-up included also singer Paul Zeran and guitarist Jewgeni Wasinger.Delta Cyphei Project debuted with the album ''Supernova'', a private release from 1992.

It was an album based on science fiction, divided into 18 tracks and 11 chapters with the whole concept written in German in the booklet but sung in English.Delta Cyphei Project played an often majestic and highly grandiose amalgam of Neo Prog with Space/Symphonic Rock and Electronic Music and the result ranges from decent to almost ourstanding.A keyboard-driven work full of spacey still flashy synthesizers, ''Supernova'' is also based on symphonic organ passages in the instrumental themes and melodic guitars in a Neo Prog vein as proposed by bands like MARILLION, IQ or ABEL GANZ.Filled with deep atmospheres, massive keyboard exercises and decent arrangements, the album contains also some Electronic passages of an acquired taste in the vein of SHAMALL, that sound mostly nice but there are also some dull and cheap passages to be found.Finally singer Paul Zeran has a high-pitched but balanced voice, excellent fit for the style chosen by the band.

A very good modern Progressive Rock album with a typical 90's sound, which sounds more symphonic than the mass of the Neo Prog acts of the time due to the heavy use of keyboards.Strongly recommended, especially for fans of Neo/Symphonic Progressive Rock...3.5 stars.

 Virtual World by DELTA CYPHEI PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 1993
2.94 | 13 ratings

Virtual World
Delta Cyphei Project Neo-Prog

Review by progrules
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I got interested in this band and album mainly after listening to the PA stream track Space Travel. And when I saw this album for sale here, I thought let's give it a try. After all, it's neo prog and I'm making it my mission to check out as many bands possible in this subgenre.

The album starts with a spacy short track called Welcome, probably meant as such. A quiet opener, not too impressive bud not bad either, 2,75*.

Next is a vocally dominated song called Forgotten Signs, much more energetic than the opener. But not really a song with special features, an average, accessible song, another near 3 star effort.

Third up is Flying Clowns, a song that starts as an instrumental but is halfway accompanied by unusual vocals, not my cup of tea to say the least, high pitched in a disturbing way, 2,5*.

Neptune is the fourth in line that makes me wonder: where is the high class that was evident in the stream track ? It's not on this one either despite a nice instrumental part in the middle. Starts to become a slightly disappointing effort by DCP, 2,75*.

Then it's Space Travel's turn, a high class guitar instrumental, I can advice everyone to check it out on PA. This is the neo I hoped for all through the album but it appears they picked the best track for the streaming purpose. Clever but not entirely fair, I feel. 4,5 stars for this great track.

Virtual World unfortunately goes on in the same way as the first four. The awful vocals are back in this one. I really do wonder who would appreciate this kind of singing. I for sure don't. 2*

Transmutation is the only track not composed by the band as the booklet says. It starts with some fast guitar play, then turning in a vocal song, this time the normal vocalist. Some well meant advice for the band: let this guy do the job in the future on all tracks. Good song but again not outstanding: 3*.

Vicarious Satisfaction is in the end second best track of the album, another accessible track but in a fine way. But also this catchy song is worth no more than 3,25*.

Shadows is the last real song of this release, the third with the high vocals. This time he's trying to use them in a raw way at times and somehow this is the least annoying of the three contributions because I have to admit he uses his voice in many different ways and that's at least special. 2,75*.

Rhythm part II is a very short, percussion dominated closer, not significant and too short to rate.

Conclusion: On the positive side 1) it's an album with variation, not dull and monotonous at all. 2) It has a true highlight which is always a plus . In negative sense: 1) one of the two vocalists is almost ruining the whole thing for me 2) Apart from the sole highlight there is not really enough to enjoy, at least for my taste. All in all just about three stars for me but without the great track it could have been one less. I really don't understand if a band has the potential shown in Space Travel is not doing more with their possibllities. I challenge them to do this. Maybe in their recent release they prove it. I will contemplate to check it out.

Thanks to ProgLucky. Ivan_Melgar_M for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

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