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VERTICAL ALIGNMENT

Symphonic Prog • United States


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Vertical Alignment is a new USA progrock band that features five musicians and a wide range of guest musicians. Let's take a look at the five band members.

- Jim Braunreuther (vocals and keyboards) sang all through his childhood but didn't first pick up an instrument until he was eighteen. "I borrowed my brother's guitar and taught myself to play," recalls Jim. "I used his Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young book to teach myself different chords. It wasn't until my second year in college that I began to study music seriously." A video viewing of Leonard Bernstein explaining how Beethoven wrote the end of the 5th Symphony impelled Jim into music. He launched into music theory, piano, guitar and voice classes and rapidly expanded his musical knowledge. "Not feeling complete as a musician after only four years of instruction, I was looking for other opportunities to learn," continues Jim. "When I heard about the Musician's Institute in Los Angeles I was determined to go there to continue my instruction." Jim worked every spare hour of overtime he could for about three years to save enough to make the move to California. "I learned more in one year at the Institute than I had learned previously." Jim returned to the east coast and began teaching music in Florida. He eventually moved to Charleston, SC where he has been involved in music education ever since. He advanced into an administrative position for Charleston County Schools where he coordinates the Fine Arts programs for the county. Jim has been singing with Vertical Alignment for the last several years.
- Monty Pierce (guitars and bass) started playing music very early in life. He and his two brothers formed a band and were equipped by their very supportive father with everything they needed to begin. Monty began studying under accomplished jazz session player Vince Lewis while he was still a senior in high school. "Vince opened up a whole new world of guitar playing for me," continues Pierce. "He taught me a style of playing that turned my fingers into pretzels." Monty studied with Vince for three years. During 1979 and 1980 Monty and Pete Jorgensen collaborated in writing a number of tunes to the song lyrics of J.R.R. Tolkien in "The Lord of the Rings." "We tried to get rights to use the material by writing to Tolkien's publisher in London," says Pierce. "They informed us that the rights had been sold to Fantasy Films." The duo were never able to publish any of their work and it still lies dorm...
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Signposts
2006

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2.73 | 10 ratings

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Vertical Alignment Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Vertical Alignment was a US-based group formed by 70's Prog enthusiasts with strong links to Christian Progressive Rock.Jim Braunreuther (vocals, keyboards), Monty Pierce (guitar, bass), Mike Adams (drums), Terri Jorgensen (bass) and Pete Jorgensen (vocals, multiple instruments) made up this great company of musicians and recorded their debut album ''Signposts'' in 2006.The album features a huge guest list, including Fred Schendel, Steve Babb and Eric Parker, all members of Glass Hammer, Kevin Jarvis from Farpoint, Carl Groves of Salem Hill, Will Henderson from Ajalon and Randy George, both of Ajalon and the Neal Morse group.The album was released privately the same year.

''Signposts'' is a great example of solid, rich and melodic US Symphonic Rock with the occasional modern lines of a Neo Prog act, delivering full respect to the music of the 70's and adding a personal touch in the lyrics.The impressive line-up eventually resulted a fantastic album, obviously containing echoes from the music of GLASS HAMMER, AJALON and SALEM HILL with also some links to European bands such as EGDON HEATH or AGENTS OF MERCY.The music is always performed with passion, strong sense of melody and dynamics, offering very good instrumental workouts, memorable melodies, compact songwriting and pompous keyboard solos.Although having a strong symphonic flavor of the past akin to YES, KANSAS and BABYLON, the album is mostly performed on synthesizers, but there are also plenty of Mellotron showering and light organ moves throughout.The talent of Vertical Alignment is especially emphatic in the long tracks, like the 16-min. ''Freedom's call'' or the 12-min. ''Rented houses''.Very good Symphonic Rock with some acoustic flavors and series of outstanding melodies, complex twists, unexpected breaks and bombastic interplays.The shorter tracks are also competent and intricate with a convincing balance between harmonic tunes, lyrical expressions and fiery instrumentals, characterized by a huge number of changing climates.

History prooved that the band released one more album in 2009, ''Lost in space'', available via their official site, which went under the radar and has become extremely rare.In 2013 an announcement on facebook marked the end of their history with the members focusing on other projects.Mike Florio was the lead singer of the group during its last sessions.

''Signposts'' remains a must-have for all fans of contemporary Neo/Symphonic Prog.Full of orchestral keyboards, sharp interplays and striking melodies, it will satisfy also any fan of the nostalgic era of Progressive Music.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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Vertical Alignment Symphonic Prog

Review by silvertree
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2 stars Oh no. Why did I buy this ? I wanted to try something new I guess. What a deception. Vertical Alignment sound very close to Kansas. That's okay but there's nothing new or different except for the exceptional lyrics. Now what I mean by exceptional is that this is definitely Christian rock and the lyrics that go with it. I think I've had enough of these because of Neal Morse's last couple of albums but Signposts really, really annoyed me. So be warned !

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Vertical Alignment Symphonic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars This new USA progrock formation features members from other USA progrock bands Salem Hill and Glass Hammer. The music on this debut CD is pleasant, melodic, accessible and modern sounding synphonic prog with the focus on the vocals and the lyrics (about the Titanic, God, the Roumanian dictator Ceausescu and 9/11). But the integration of vintage keyboards (frequent sound of the unsurpassed Mellotron and fat Minimoog) and the often fiery guitarwork colours Vertical Alignment their prog very tasteful. The climates range from dreamy with acoustic rhythm guitar and piano to compelling and bombastic with lush keyboards and howling guitar runs (like in the long tracks Freedom Calls with duo- keyboards, Rented House and Kingdom Of Summer with a beautiful final part delivering choir-Mellotron and a sensitive guitar solo). This CD doesn't contain complex or surprising prog but it sounds very pleasant and tastefully arranged, during the long running time of almost 80 minutes I kept my attention for Vertical Alignment their music on this promising debut CD. My rating 3,5 stars and .. recommended!


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