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Based in Holland, progressive metal outfit CONSORTIUM PROJECT is the brainchild of vocalist Ian Parry (ELEGY). At first intended as a limited project, the first CD was recorded in 1999 with contributions from guitarists Stephan Lill, Thom Youngblood, Tamas Szekeres and Patrick Rondat, bass players Barend Courbois, Martin Helmantel, Arjen Lucassen, drummer Dirk Bruinenberg, pianist Jan Vayne and keyboardist Tommy Newton. The finished album was released as "Ian Parry's Consortium Project" to commercial and critical acclaim.

A series of live concerts followed, with a live band consisting of Ian Parry (vocals), Patrick Rondat (guitars), Stephan Lill (guitars), Dirk Bruinenberg (drums), Gunter Werner (keyboards) and Patrice Guers (bass).

The success of this first album quickly lead to the planning of two additional concept albums to be made with CONSORTIUM PROJECT as the project name.

The second production in the series was released in 2001 as "Consortium Project II: Continum in Extremis". Contributing this time were bass players Jan Bijlsma and Patrice Guers, guitarists Stephan Lill, Patrick Rondat and Thomas Youngblood, Dirk Bruinenberg on drums and Gunter Werner on keyboards.

2 years later the third chapter was finished, released as "Consortium Project III: Terra Incognita". For the recording of this album main contributors were guitarist Stephan Lill, bass players Jan Bijlsma and Robert Finan plus Casey Grillo on drums. In addition numerous artists made guest appearances - vocalists Ingeborg Wienten and Brenda Davis, keyboard player Joshua Dutrieux, bass player Marcel van der Zwam, guitarist Mike Chlasciak and backing vocals from Oliver Wright, Jacqueline Kuperus and Judith Rijnveld.

Initially this third album was supposed to be the last chapter in the Consortium Project series; but a continued interest from fans and music journalists alike finally led to the production of a fourth chapter, which was released in 2007 as "Consortium Project IV: Children of Tmorrow". Contributors this time around were Joshua Dutrieux (keyboards, bass, guitar), Ivar de Graaf (drums), guitarists Lou St. Paul, Henk Van Der Laars and Niels Vejlyt, bassist Marcel Van Der Zwam, vocalists Rosita Abbink, Erna Auf Der Haar and Arjo Midema; Kyra Dutrieux had spoken introductions and Roy Patrick Parry added snare drums.

Live concerts were again planned after this release, and a live band consisiting of Parry (vocals), Joshua Dutrieux (keyboards)...
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Ian Parry's Consortium ProjectIan Parry's Consortium Project
Century Media Records/Emi 1999
Audio CD$7.25
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Consortium Project II: Continuum in ExtremisConsortium Project II: Continuum in Extremis
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Locomotive Music 2002
Audio CD$9.51
$6.43 (used)
Consortium Project III: Terra IncognitaConsortium Project III: Terra Incognita
Century Media Records 2008
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Continuum in ExtremisContinuum in Extremis
Locomotive Spain 2002
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II: Continuum In ExtremisII: Continuum In Extremis
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3.38 | 6 ratings
Ian Parry's Consortium Project
1999
3.47 | 7 ratings
Consortium Project II: Continuum In Extremis
2001
4.41 | 4 ratings
Consortium Project III: Terra Incognita (The Undiscovered World)
2003
4.00 | 4 ratings
Consortium Project IV: Children of Tomorrow
2007
3.50 | 4 ratings
Consortium Project V: Species
2011

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 Consortium Project II: Continuum In Extremis   by CONSORTIUM PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.47 | 7 ratings

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Consortium Project Progressive Metal

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

3 stars Ian Parry's consortium Project is based on a very complicated concept. A parallel Universe in which after the killing of John Kennedy somebody invents a machine which permits instantaneous communications and this leads to a new evily world order.

During a period of 14 years the Dutch-based English vocalist has released 5 chapters of this saga. This is the second.

Well, it could have been the first too as the level and the contents are almost identical. It's prog- metal with clean vocals not too dissimilar from those of Arjen Lucassen's projects (in which he often guests) but with less peaks respect to Ayreon. The music sounds similar to Ayreon but despite the very intriguing concept, from the musical point of view there aren't many things really interesting.

All well played with decent arrangements and pleasant enough, it's a nice album as the first one was, but with no highlights and nothing to be remembered forever. One track that I particularily like in this second chapter is "Mirror Image" which even if sometimes sounds like the 80s longhair bands contains some good ingredients, keyboards in particular, but the good is that it changes very often, like in a rock opera... like Lucassen let's say.

Ian's voice can appear standardized but I have to say that I like it, maybe thanks also to his various collaborations in Lucassen's projects. His voice is familiar to me.

One possible highlight is "Sentiment in Sanctuary", but as I've said, all the songs are at almost the same level.

A perfect fit into the three stars definition.

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3.38 | 6 ratings

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

3 stars A rapid glance to the lineup and you have in front of you the best of Dutch Progressive Metal, starting from Arjen Lucassen.

Well this is mainly a Ian Parry's project initially intended for a single album that later had three follow-ups, becoming the longest sci-fi inspired concept that I currently know. The fifth album of the Project is announced for this summer.

Lovers of progressive metal may consider this a masterpiece as good progressive metal is exactly what you'll find inside. What can be of interest for all the others is the skillful musicianship, the good songwriting and the concept behind. The album's alternative title is "Criminals and Kings".

Highlights are "Banquet Of Thieves", "Garden Of Eden", "Pandora's Box" and "Chain Of Fears".

A particular mention is deserved by "The Entity" that's a very atmospheric short instrumental. or the slow "A Miracle Is All We Need" with it's romantic piano intro.

There are some moments that remind to the 80s "hairy metal bands" but luckily not so poor as these. To me, this is a good album, but is a step beyond masterpieces like Ayreon's The Human Equation, but also to the Vengeance material, to mention another band which featured Ian. If we consider the whole 4 (now 5) albums it's an impressive work but taken alone it's just good.

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3.38 | 6 ratings

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Review by Valarius

4 stars I actually had no idea who Ian Parry was when I first bought this album. I saw it on Ebay very cheap and thought I'd check it out as I'd heard of the Consortium Project before. It wasn't until I looked in the booklet that I actually felt any true excitement about what I had in my hands. Thomas Youngblood from Kamelot, Arjen Lucasson (who needs no introduction), and just who is Ian Parry anyway? Oh I see, he's the singer in Elegy (at the time), and his bandmates all make appearances as well. There was no way this album could be bad.

Everything starts off with great promise with the very Proggy 'House of Cards', which makes fantastic use of keyboards. And thankfully this is a pretty good sample of what to expect, great Progressive Metal which makes excellent use of guitar/keyboard interaction.

There are a couple of bloopers though, especially towards the end of the album. After track six the standard sadly begins to slip a little, however these songs are not drastically terrible, and with the final song things pick up again, so at least they finish on a high note.

'House of Cards', 'Banquet for Thieves', Garden of Eden', 'Change Breeds Concept' and 'Pandora's Box' are all the main highlights that make Consortium Project worth checking out. If you're a fan of bands like Elegy, Ayreon, or Prog Metal in general, then this is definitely for you.

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 Consortium Project III: Terra Incognita (The Undiscovered World) by CONSORTIUM PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.41 | 4 ratings

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Consortium Project Progressive Metal

Review by KingX

5 stars Pure Magic.

I have no idea why this group/album is so dissapointingly underated. This is some of the best Progressive Power metal I have ever heard. All the musicians are extremely talented, making technical skill a highlight. Also Ian Parry's vocals are very good and his compositions (He writes most of the music and lyrics) are Highly complex. The lyrical concept is an ongoing one continued from the previous two albums.

No matter if the song is more progressive or more toward regular power metal, it is beautiful. This album has masterpieces in both realms. "Reductio Ad Absurdum" for example, is a fast paced power metal song. The ending of this one has awesome guitar solos switching back and forth from a minor backing riff to a major one. The effect sends chills down my spine. On the more progressive end, "Across the Seven Seas" is one with lots of piano and slower melodies. It is one of the more beautiful moments. Also "Beyond the Gateway of Legends" a lot of times sounds more like prog rock than metal.

All in all, this album rules. It has an atmosphere that not many other albums have and has no low points. Listen and revel in it's splendor.

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 Consortium Project II: Continuum In Extremis   by CONSORTIUM PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.47 | 7 ratings

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Consortium Project Progressive Metal

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars Featuring something that we call "typical" Rock/Metal vocals, this is quite special Prog Metal. Of course, it's found on typical PM (not Private Message) elements, but that's like with cooking. You have this dough, but you can either do some dull pastry from it, or make elaborate cake.

This is the cake, even without cherry on top. Which means that this is no masterpiece that would be revolution in music, but is still good anyway. How is this possible ? Well, even I said typical vocals, they work extremely well. Other elements like ocassional melodic element, little twists in rhythm, but pace of songs remains the same. There is also acoustic part and that is all to be said here.

4(-) maybe "just another Prog Metal" for some, but I believe that you will find what you like here.

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 Consortium Project III: Terra Incognita (The Undiscovered World) by CONSORTIUM PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.41 | 4 ratings

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Review by Ovidiu

4 stars CONSORTIUM PROJECT is the musical fruit of the brain of a very,very talented and,in my opinion,unjustly underrated musician called IAN PARRY!He has an excellent voice and is known especially because his involvement in the excellent prog metal band ELEGY-now dismbanded,unfortunatelly!!He made some excellent albums with this Dutch combo- MANIFESTATION OF FEAR-is a little masterpiece-a concept album of a very high quality!Now,it seems that IAN has finally found his way with CONSORTIUN PROJECT-a very ambitious musical propject where Ian is pushing his creative limits to the prog metal terrotory with each album!It's difficult to say which CONSORTIUM PROJECT albums is the best,because all have a great level of technicity, and musicality-you get exactly what you expect and you are never dissapointed with any new CP album!That's the same situation with this third opus-a very enjoyable and likeble journey in IAN PARRY'S universe.TERRA INCOGNITA ssems to be a true all star project-just look at the list of the impressive musicians involved in the project and you'll realise that it's impossible to have a weak album with so many big names on it!Musically speaking -it reminds a little about ELEGY-but it's more bombastic-the keyboards have a very important role in this music!Excellent addition in the collection of any prog metal lover and the prove thet an excellent voice and a good composer can offer excellent music to the prog metal amateurs,without any compromise!4,5 STARS and congratulations!

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 Consortium Project IV: Children of Tomorrow by CONSORTIUM PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Chapter 4 in the Consortium Project is a classy release.

Melodic power metal is the name of the game here, with relatively short tracks that mix slow to mid-paced guitar riffs with synths, tight bass and drums underscoring. Several vocalists contribute, but the passionate vocals of Ian Parry dominate; the other vocalists here mainly add some variation.

The tunes are well written, the guitar chops are interesting and the synth work adds moods and atmosphere in a very nice way. Catchy and melodic choruses see to it that most songs are memorable, making the songs easy to get into.

Nothing new and unique here, but worth checking out by fans of high quality melodic power metal.

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