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Jazz Rock/Fusion • Japan


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QUASER was formed in 1977 as a trio in the style of EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER. They reunited in 1993 in Kobe. QUASER creates a diverse, complex progressive rock influenced by the chaos brought about by the destructive Kobe earthquake. The music features high-tension melodies and Japanese vocals with classical arrangements; alternately aggressive and gentle, with symphonic keyboards, edgy guitar, and a heavy rhythm section. They are currently recording their third album.

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Out from Quaser
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Remergence
1999
4.52 | 3 ratings
Phase Transition
2003
4.00 | 2 ratings
Delta Flux
2011

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Essence
2010

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 Remergence by QUASER album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Remergence
Quaser Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars Next step for Morita was to revive a proper Quaser line-up and stabilize a core for live performances.He recruited bassist Yusaku Nakatsuhama and experienced drummer Kazuo Katayama, formerly of Mugen and Midas.But in January 95' all activities stopped, after Kobe was struck by a thunderous earthquake, resulting a tragedy of over 6,000 lost lifes and over 150,000 damaged buildings.Months after the shock the resurrection of Quaser continued with the arrival of guitarist Masami Katsuura.Parallel to composing material for a new album the band performed a sum of 10 lives over a span of three years.Second album ''Remergence'' was published in 1999 on Belle Antique.

The positive consequences of establishing a full line-up have been taped on Quaser's second effort, which is by no means a stylistically different album compared to the first one, but the natural instruments and the tight performances by talented musicians are more than evident.The sound comes often like a cross between FOCUS and UK with strong references to Japanese Jazz-Fusion and a guitarist ripping off the ALLAN HOLDSWORTH acrobatics.So this is modern Symphonic-Jazz Rock with some beautiful solos in the vein of JAN AKKERMAN, supported by some laid-back organ patterns, which usually break into fiery Fusion with virtuosic plays and a technical, solid rhythm section.The atmosphere is extremely grandiose at moments with an obvious 70's-sounding pomposity, changing into mechanical, guitar-based technique, led by a jazzy background.Vocals are not bad also, balanced and controlled singing by Morita, which surrounds the nice instrumental ideas of the group.Of course not all things have been fixed in the process through time.The production is rather slick and Morita has not abandoned some of the weak synthesizers of the debut.But in general ''Remergence'' is a step forward for the band, easily swirling around the old, symphonic days of Progressive Rock and the modern, technical Fusion territory.

File next to NATHAN MAHL, WAPPA GAPPA, AIN SOPH and KENSO.Not compared to the best albums of most of the aforementioned groups, but still this is well-played Symphonic-Fusion Prog with plenty of interesting climates.Recommended.

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 Delta Flux by QUASER album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Delta Flux
Quaser Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Japanese band QUASER was originally formed back in 1976, and was an active live unit until disbanding in the early 80's. But following a decade of inactivity the members decided to give it a second go, and have been a going concern since 1993. "Delta Flux" is their most recent production, and was released by Poseidon Records in Japan and Musea Records worldwide in 2011.

Quaser's fourth full length production documents a band secure in its nature, featuring material of a fairly refined nature, generally melodic and harmonic, but with a fair degree of details for the attentive listener to savor. As far as a target audience is concerned, fans of neo progressive rock and symphonic art rock should both take the time to find out if "Delta Flux" is a production that could be to their liking. My estimated guess is that they'll appeal to any of the factions.

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 Out from Quaser by QUASER album cover Studio Album, 1994
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Out from Quaser
Quaser Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

— First review of this album —
2 stars A Japanese progressive act formed in 1976 with its only consistent member being keyboardist/singer Takuya Morita.The band played initially instrumental Symphonic/Jazz-Rock,influenced by E.L.P.,SPACE CIRCUS and PRISM.They had a great live activity and recorded many demos,before moving to Tokyo,where they added vocals in their music and made a contract with Alfa Records.However progressive rock was out of fashion and Quaser disbanded in 1982.About a decade later Morita reformed Quaser and released their debut ''Out of quaser'' on Belle Antique,actually this was more of a solo release with the help of some musicians like Yozox Yamamoto of Ain Soph on guitars.

Morita remained faithful to his old roots,thus the album contains mainly light Symphonic Rock blended with Fusion with plenty of vocals and filled with synth sounds.The arrangements are quite interesting with some good orchestrations on the instrumental parts and, quite surprisingly for a Japanese project, decent vocal lines,sung both in English and Japanese.They are also some piano-based Classical references along with lots of dissonant parts in a Fusion style,dominated by Morita's synths.Still the album ended up to be a little far from being really good.Some sampled instruments are over-cheesy,the synths of Morita are very digital-sounding and plastic,while I doubt the drumming comes from a human,it sounds very mechanical and far from live recorded.Additionally the mix doesn't help at all.Plenty of the instrumental parts remain in the background when Morita sings,while some bombastic parts sound too light due to the production.

Morita's Quaser made a decent comeback after all these lost years,but the lack of some real musicians and the amateur production did not eventually help.Still the album should normally find some luck in the collection of Symph/Fusion fanatics,despite not being of first priority...2.5 stars.

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 Essence by QUASER album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2010
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Essence
Quaser Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by DamoXt7942
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— First review of this album —
3 stars Cool creation dedicated to Mr. Duck.

QUASER are a Japanese progressive rock quartet with powerful guitar bullets, beautiful keyboard crystals and solid rhythm section bombs. This compilation album includes songs already released in their previous albums, "with digitally remastered". Namely we can enjoy their fundamental elements in each QUASER's era and, I consider, can feel their strong intention that they should keep them powerfully progressive. The first track "King Of Pancrase" has a very chilling guitar solo spun out by Masami and heavy, trailing (always delaying a bit like an echoic effect, maybe with his intention methinks) drumming by Kazuo (his drum solo is my love), with smart & slender keyboard sounds and deep bass ones. Actually we cannot expect consistent phylosophy or dramatic structure for typical compiled albums ... this "Essence" is one of them ... but luckily we can enjoy a magnificent story in the last four tracks "Promised Land". And especially the seventh one "Mr. Duck" I cannot help weeping with listening to. This song was dedicated to Eisho KAMOZAKI (drums), who has already passed away in a tough illness. All QUASERers might have composed this song, with their memories about him and his play. This soft and quiet song has terrifically deep sorrow and power we can feel. This is the moment we can be immersed in QUASER's hearty creation.

A good compilation indeed.

P.S. Why have they been added in Progarchives as a "Jazz Rock / Fusion" band? At least for me, they have a fantastic "Neo-heavy-symphonic" colour ... :)

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 Phase Transition by QUASER album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.52 | 3 ratings

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Phase Transition
Quaser Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Prog_Traveller

4 stars If you are a fan of modern symphonic prog or heavy prog then please pay attention to this review, as this CD could be right up your alley. Quaser (not to be confused with the British neo band from the 80's called Quasar) are a modern prog band from Japan who actually formed in 1976. Even though the band has been around for almost thirty years I still call them modern because of the sound and the fact that their first album, "Out from Quaser" wasn't released until 1994.

Phase Transition is the band's third album and has a very sophisticated vibe with sounds that hint at prog's past yet also sound very contemporary and modern. The four musicians on this CD play bass, guitar, drums and keyboards/vocals. The keyboards feature mostly synths but also some piano floating in and out. The four-part "Promised Land" suite could be edited to play as one 22 minute epic. However, on the CD only the first three parts of it play together with the fourth being the last track out of 8 tracks. The last part of this epic is probably the best out of the four and one of the high points of the CD. Another highlight for me (and possibly the best track over all) is the five minute plus instrumental "Tarotmaster." This is a very cool track indeed that doesn't have the potential distraction of any vocals. Don't get me wrong, the vocals on this CD are not bad at all but there does seem to be a lot of them and it is probably the only drawback (and a minor one at that) of this CD. I should also mention that the vocals are in Japanese but they fit this music very well.

If you are a fan of modern symphonic prog or heavy prog I can easily recommend this album to you, as it is a very good modern symphonic prog album with a strong emphasis on keyboards and lead guitar. Even though this album has some elements of neo prog (although it's perhaps a bit more eclectic and more involved than most neo I have heard) and prog metal it is by no means typical of either of those two forms of prog. The guitars are a bit on the heavy side (even metalish) and the rhythm section is very tight but over all this is not prog metal.There are even some fusion elements on here but this leans much more in the prog direction than it does fusion.

Unfortunately I can't compare this to their other two albums since I haven't heard those but I can say that this one doesn't disappoint.

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 Phase Transition by QUASER album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.52 | 3 ratings

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Phase Transition
Quaser Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by whogets

5 stars Quaser's new album "Phase Transition" shows dead-ended society and Promised Land beyond same named suits of 22 minutes long. Lyrical vocal and metal instrument battle will bring you to the end of walls of melotron. The music features hi-tensioned melodies & Japanese vocals with classical arrangements; alternately aggressive and gentle with symphonic keyboards edgy guitar and a heavy rhythm section.

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