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ETERNAL WANDERERS

Neo-Prog • Russia


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ETERNAL WANDERERS is a progressive rock band from Moscow, formed by the Kanevsky sisters in 1997. Since the very beginning of their activity the musicians have been working with complex musical structures, trying to reproduce in sound everything that they love in progressive rock. In 1998 the band gave their first concert, after which they became an essential part of Moscow's underground scene, attracting the people with the uncommonness of their live performances, like using psychedelic slide shows on a big screen behind the stage. In 2006 the band's lineup finally stabilized, so soon after EW entered the studio to record their first full-length album, "The Door To A Parallel World", which took them more than a year. All the songs on this concept disc are lyrically uniform, telling of parallel worlds, fantastical planets etc. Musically it ranges from Prog-Metal instrumental passages to dreamy New-Age soundscapes. EW play Psychedelic Neo Prog with female vocals and may interest fans of MOSTLY AUTUMN, KARNATAKA, MAGENTA, PENDRAGON, THE BLACK NOODLE PROJECT, BLACKFIELD etc.

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3.02 | 15 ratings
The Door To A Parallel World
2008
3.82 | 18 ratings
So Far And So Near
2011

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 So Far And So Near by ETERNAL WANDERERS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.82 | 18 ratings

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So Far And So Near
Eternal Wanderers Neo-Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

4 stars The second album by this Russian band and one that has seriously put this band on the prog rock map. This album has got a lot of tongues wagging.

This band is run by two females too. That's quite unusual too in the prog rock scene. The band's take on symphonic neo prog is not exactly just a pretty girl stuff either. This is not an easy listening album. The instrumentations is the usual bass, drums, keyboards and guitars stuff. The female vocals is good, but not overly female. The band is not exactly playing on their female members in the sound. This is something too many other bands is overplaying. But not this band. The sound is art-rock.

It is pretty obvious from the music that this is a Russian band. The music has a dense, heavy sound. The music has an undercurrent of both Russian folk music and classical music. Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news, girls. A line from Chuck Berry's famous song which neatly sums up Eternal Wanderer's So Far And So Near album, really. An album steeped in classical music, but still with a contemporary feeling.

I have been listening to this album many times and I like it more and more. I am landing on a weak four stars award because of the originality of this album. Too many bands and albums sounds like Marillion clones. So Far And So Near does not. It offers some great songs with a dense Russian sound. That is a breath of fresh air from the Siberian taiga. I really hope this album wins a lot of fans.

Roll over Marillion and tell Pendragon the news.

4 stars

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 So Far And So Near by ETERNAL WANDERERS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.82 | 18 ratings

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So Far And So Near
Eternal Wanderers Neo-Prog

Review by maryes

4 stars I consider this second work from the Russian neo-prog band ETERNAL WANDERERS "So Far and So Near" a complex work; ...a work.so complex which are capable to join very antagonistic influences, such as for istance OZRIC TENTACLES and DEEP PURPLE , EL & Palmer and MIKE OLDFIELD, and the British band THE ENID is that which I think presents a more approximate sonority ! The best moments from the albun are the track 4 "Energy Of Ligh" , the track 5 "As You Wish, I Care Not" and the track 6 " A New Day Will Come", although I must say which the whole album are almost in the same level. I also wish to highlight the excellent guitar work from Tatyana Kanevskaya ( in the arrangements and execution ) . My rate is 4 stars !!!

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 The Door To A Parallel World by ETERNAL WANDERERS album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.02 | 15 ratings

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Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars A rare case of a band led by female musicians.The driving force behind Eternal Wanderers is the female sister-duo of Yelena Kanevskaya (vocals, keyboards) and Tatiana Kanevskaya (guitar, vocals, percussion).Based in Moscow,they released a demo in 1998,participated in several competitions with success and wrote tracks for three prog complilations between 2001 and 2005.By 2006 Eternal Wanderers became eventually a regular band with Dmitry Shtatnov joining on bass and Sergey Alyamkin on drums.In 2008 they debuted with ''The Door to a Parallel World'' on MALS Records.

Still the general sound remains under the supervision of the Kanevskaya sisters and their work on guitars and keyboards.The vocals are quite expressive and deeply atmospheric,yet they still needed some improvement due to the limited color range.The music though is of first class,like a cross between the demanding Neo/Symphonic Prog of COLLAGE and the Psychedelic/Space Rock of PINK FLOYD.The guitar work is actually great with nice melodic solos,a few pretty complex breaks throughout and superb riffing.The keyboard work can be spacey with those floating synths,often symphonic and sometimes even a bit virtuosic.There is plenty of space for music development and changing climates with long instrumental work,though the tracks follow a generally slow tempo.Beautiful dreamy atmospheres are created through the style with often a grandiose approach with dynamic effort mainly due to the guitars,but also to the orchestral keyboard arrangements.

The experience of the female duo after ten years of performing and composing is clearly taped on this debut.Without any flamboyant mistakes,the album is trully delightful and atmospheric with still some improvement on voices and changing tempos.Strongy recommended for fans of Space/Symphonic/Neo Prog...3.5 stars.

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 So Far And So Near by ETERNAL WANDERERS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.82 | 18 ratings

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Eternal Wanderers Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Russian band ETERNAL WANDERERS was formed by Elena and Tatyana Kanevskaya in 1997. The two of them were the only permanent members for many years, but in 2006 the addition of a bassist and a drummer made it a true-bred band. In 2008 they released their debut album "The Door to a Parallel World", and "So Far and So Near" is their second full-length effort. This latest production was issued by MALS Records in the summer of 2011.

"So Far and So Near" is an album that comes across as a clear highlight of productions issued in 2011 as far as I'm concerned. The cinematic, symphonic foundation obviously makes the symphonic art rock crowd something of a key audience, but with a width in scope and innovative touch that should intrigue a majority of art rock fans. Not a band that will be to the taste of all and sundry however, at least not initially, but one that merits a check by those who tend to enjoy high-quality music in general. A warm recommendation from me, with hopes of artistic and commercial success to follow for this fine Russian ensemble.

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 The Door To A Parallel World by ETERNAL WANDERERS album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.02 | 15 ratings

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Eternal Wanderers Neo-Prog

Review by Prog-jester
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3 stars ETERNAL WANDERERS are lead by Kanevsky sisters (vox, keys - guitar). Most Proggers usually tend to ignore female-fronted bands for some reasons ('they won't be better than RENAISSANCE / CURVED AIR / MAGENTA / etc', or 'they're poppy/song-oriented', or whatever). Let's leave these issues to physicians and turn to music. There's a rumour that early EW demos were more electronic-sided, with programmed drums, sounding like a mixture of ELP and OZRIC TENTACLES. I wouldn't have been there reviewing this stuff then! :)

Don't know about the past, but now EW sound like a cross between MAGENTA and MOSTLY AUTUMN with huge classic-era PINK FLOYD influence. 7 long tracks, some are fully instrumental (like 12-min long epic), some are more vocal driven, but each has its own colouring and manner. EW aren't trying to sound too epic or pretentious, instead, their sound is mostly intimate and sincere. A word should be said about both Elena and Tatyana musicianship skills; some sexists think girls can't play well. Should I say THESE girls can prove that they DO play well?

In conclusion, I must admit that now I listen to Russian Prog without any sign of prejudice or disbelief. 2007 was amazing for Russian Prog: just look how THE GOURISHANKAR and APPLE PIE ripped PA's ratings! :) With 2008 that has already brought some stunning releases from the camp (ACTUAL MUSIC QUARTET is what I plan to grab next) I believe Russian and Post-Soviet Prog/Experimental scene will bloom even more. Thank you for the music, ETERNAL WANDERERS, and good luck!

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