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SUNCHILD is yet another prog project from talented and prolific Ukrainian musician Antony KALUGIN. KALUGIN currently records under three band names, KARFAGEN, HOGGWASH and SUNCHILD. Under the SUNCHILD name, he brought together a plethora of other Ukranian musicians to supplement his impressive keyboard and writing talents. The music is an all out prog feast with many varied tempos and loads of keyboards washing over everything. A wide array of horns and woodwinds are used to great extent as well. KALUGIN does the bulk of the singing (in English) with perhaps a slight accent. He also brings in guest vocalists, both male and female to add even more dimensions to the proceedings. The debut album is a double that features three songs over 16 minutes.

KALUGIN is young (born 1981) but his already wide experience as a professional musician has propelled him to a high place among young artists recording prog today.




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California HoneyCalifornia Honey
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As Far As the Eye Can SeeAs Far As the Eye Can See
Import
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The GnomonThe Gnomon
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4.21 | 84 ratings
The Gnomon
2008
3.77 | 67 ratings
The Invisible Line
2009
3.80 | 81 ratings
The Wrap
2010
4.05 | 173 ratings
As Far As The Eye Can See
2011
3.87 | 95 ratings
Isolation
2012

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 As Far As The Eye Can See by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.05 | 173 ratings

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Review by Memo_anathemo

4 stars As Far As the Eye Can See by music band from Ukraine, Sunchild is a real pleasure for your ears. The band manages to bring into mind a complete circus show full of wonderful musicians, excellent vocal harmonies, a refreshing of the old and an aging of the new. The album really got my ears in the very first minute with that incredible sound at the beginning of "Stars of Cardiff Bay" (the longest track in the album and the best to my own opinion). Song by song they have a feast of sounds and instruments that range from keyboards, guitars, bass guitars to violins, cellos, flutes, and voices... yeah voices, a great variety of them. I loved the album. Now, I'm craving to hear the first albums.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars On As Far as the Eye Can See, the prolific Antony Kalugin teams up with his capable bandmates and a host of guests to create a charming melodic prog album, with influences from Pink Floyd and various neo-prog acts evident. I'm particularly charmed by the vocals from Olya Chernova, who has a sort of Kate Bush delivery which really adds to the album. The band have a fairly substantial number of vocalists, in fact, which they regularly use to good dramatic or theatrical effect. Less rooted in nostalgia for symphonic prog's golden age than Kalugin's Karfagen project, and with this album Sunchild well and truly put Ukraine on the prog map.

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Review by sylphida

5 stars It starts from an extraordinary "prog Musical" - 15min + "Stars of Cardiff Bay" . (0:46 -1:20) - Symphonic texture on the background is a fragment from "the Wrap" the concept predecessor of this unique Sunchild album symbiose of great ideas, virtuosic musicians and production. (4:40 - 10:00) Eddie Jobson`s UK at it`s best and than delicacies feast for the musical gourmet. The Ring of Eternity is one of a highlights as well - prog hit with gentle Olyas vocal. Seven Kings, Gordian Knot & March of Fate are "Mans" songs - true reflections of life. One of my favs isa title track, pure art rock jewel. Rising - mellow slightly "pop rock' ballad, Mirrors - beautiful track that was written mainly by Olya - one of those rare tasty female examples of writing. Visionary Sights is another ballad but very sensetive and sincere wuth the multiple vocal harmonies and "Steve Hackett" guitar. As Far As The Eye Can See has interesting concept cover, to discover the meaning just open the booklet. Great album! 4,5 out of 5

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 Isolation by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.87 | 95 ratings

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Review by sylphida

5 stars Isolation - Great album - yes it`s different from it`s predecessor - but to me, it`s much much better when each album differs from previous one and not copies it. It is full of energy - solid statement from Antony. It even has a few prog Hits. Yes hits - listen to the "Shall We Run?" or"64" - tunes in this tracks are so significant & expressive . "Shall We Run" for Sunchild is like a "Kayleigh" for Marillion, "You`re Not Alone" for Saga or "Red Barchetta" for Rush. Rock anthem as it is - perfect song for playing live! I don`t mind an accent - then what about Rpwl, TFK, Eloy ?? You may find some reminiscence with Pink Floyd (cover as well) but it`s plus i think. Listen to the Isolation (part 2 & 4) it`s Kalugin at his best. I enjoyed the idea to have childs vocals in parts as well - what an awsome combination of vocals at the outro of Isolation part 4. It impressed me much and i enjoyed this as well later in Silhouette`s "When Snow's Falling Down". So, to me latest Sunchild album is a prog rock height. Highly recommended to whide circle of listeners. Whith "Isolation" Antony has expanded the frames of genre without a doubt.

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 Isolation by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.87 | 95 ratings

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Review by Whistler

2 stars After the splendid "As Far As The Eye Can See" I had great expectations concerning the new SUNCHILD album "Isolation". When I entered the disc in my player, the first sounds proceeding from the speakers, were very promising. After a while however I had to find out, that the thrill of the Sunchild sound had gone. No longer brilliantly arranged woodwind sections or sparkling folk-like interventions from the Bayan to spice up the sound of Antony Kalugins brainchild. The music moves in a cumbersome way from part to part and from song to song. Without the woodwinds and the strings the music sounds arid and colourless, perhaps Kalugins way of musically underlining the meaning of the word isolation, but resulting in a boring sort of music. It seems as if Kalugin had wanted to make another Pink Floyd album, but things aren't that simple. To be honest, Kalugins keyboard playing just isn't strong enough to fill the gaps. He doesn't have the skills to keep you captivated, nor the virtuosity to bedazzle the listener in order to make him forget the weakness of the compositions. In my opinion he should have thought twice before dismissing all his trump cards from the musical deck. Another strong point from the previous album also appears to be absent on "Isolation". The sparkling Kate Bush like vocals of Olya Chernova have been replaced by the grumpy voice of Zhenya Lenkov, which hardly brings any relief to the as always irritating vocals of Antony Kalugin. I know, they sing neatly in tune, but their vocal timbres thoroughly spoil the last chance to enjoy the music, which is like the cover: grey. Surrounded by so many brilliant musicians, why does he sing the major parts himself? Just listen to the beginning of the title track, an incredible ego-tripping, that makes your skin crawl! It's astonishing that a musical genius like Antony Kalugin has produced an album like this. I sincerely hope that his next album will bring back the light again. Meanwhile, the best I can give is a two star rating. Whistler.

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 As Far As The Eye Can See by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.05 | 173 ratings

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Review by Whistler

5 stars Not often I have had so much pleasure listening to a new album as I had with this great new Sunchild product. The music sounds, fresh, sparkling and daring. The arrangements sound great and the songs keep your attention right till the end of the album. The vocal parts are of excellent quality. I was in particular struck by the Kate Bush-like refreshing vocals by Olya Chernova. The harmony vocals sound warm and almost musical- like. I only was a bit disappointed by the male solo vocals, which sounded in my opinion too exaggerated and the pronunciation is too bad. I was agreeably surprised by the application of the winds. All players seem to be conservatory skilled musicians. There is also an excellent string section present, to embellish the music, composed by mastermind Antony Kalugin. Kalugin plays the keyboards and he is doing very well indeed. He is also responsible for the regretted male vocals, but that is easily forgiven. The music is remaining fresh right till the end and one may wonder where one single man can find so much inspiration. Another great ace on this album is guitar player Andrey Kobylyanskiy, who is both a master on the electric and the acoustic guitar. This album will please in particular lovers of progrock with folk influences, but I think that everyone who claims to be a true proglover, should try this album. More of this please!! Whistler.

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 Isolation by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.87 | 95 ratings

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Review by CAERLLYSI

5 stars Like a nuclear explosion! June 2012 greets AKP latest, Sunchild ? Isolation (the dark chapter).

Flash back - as a teenager to that euphoria, holding the keys to your first car, the excitement, driving so fast through the meandering country lanes, initially caressing the power under foot, absorbing every turn in the road ahead, after two or three spins you're ready, foot to the floor for total exhilaration ? Like deja vu its Sunchild - Isolation.

With Kalugin all his work requires immense study into the layers of content for maximum reward and hear his ability to accelerate in and out of genres whilst still gelling the well crafted symphonic agenda.

Opening tracks include strong elements of Gabriel and Pink Floyd, supremely classy tracks with awesome pulsating bass and drum cranked up by art metal guitar reaching a timely crescendo with the warm soul searching Berlin and Leningrad. Then its into overdrive as Kalugin unleashes his latest monster isolation, four parts 20 minutes + a triumphant fanfare territorially that Sunchild fans have come to love, as ever the twists and turns make it both compelling and a vivid roller coaster ride.

Kalugin is a trail blazer in the art of looking beyond the usual parameters of rock, even shadowing into cinematic territory to heighten both its enjoyment and its darkness a cutting edge of each track to its core bone.

So herald another gold plated statement of intent from this rising talent

And come enter this dark place to reap the reward ? Isolation

Don't forget to check out the band, as they play live in France. Germany and various Eastern European countries this summer

These Are Happy Days Indeed!

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 The Wrap by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.80 | 81 ratings

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Review by Life Line Project

4 stars It's a pity that these days so many progrock fans and even so many critics only want to hear the same old Yessongs replayed and rerecorded under different names and performed and "composed" by new bands over and over and over again. What is exactly progressive about that? Personally I like to discover new bands, producing new sounds and new music, adding new colours and bringing fresh ideas, thus keeping music alive.

Fortunately I recently discovered the Ukrainian musician Antony Kalugin, who has been producing lots of quantities of excellent new progressive and symphonic art rock in the last few years. Of course not everything he makes is completely new, because every musician is a part of the world he lives in and every man is but a cog in the big machine called world, but what's the point if everyone tries to be the same cog?

When you listen to the music of Antony Kalugin, you will get to know a man who has succeeded in giving the conception of the word progressive rock a new turn. His craftsmanship is proverbial. He is the main man behind the projects KARFAGEN and SUNCHILD. Enter his world and discover the fineness of his melodies, the warmness of his harmonies, the inventiveness of his arrangements and the outstanding quality of his keyboard playing.

His album "The Wrap", is centred around the over 38 minutes lasting title track of the same name. All other tracks are subordinate to this magnum opus. The second track is the instrumental intro to the Wrap, while the sixth track is meant as an outro. "The Wrap" is constructed over a couple of beautiful, returning symphonic rock themes and shows the complete versatility of the Sunchild sound. A classic band line up is alternated with a string trio (violin, viola & cello) and instruments like the bassoon and the bayan, an Ukrainian sort of accordion. Main attraction are of course the impeccable and excellent keyboard interventions by mister Kalugin. The lead guitar sound by Maxim Velchko is warm and full and fits the music like a glove. Just listen to his superb playing in the very symphonic final part of "The Wrap". His sound can easily compete with the best Steve Rothery.

The music of Sunchild can be heavy, just listen to the almost Metallica like riff in the main track, but the main ingredient of their music remains the warmth of their melodies and arrangements. Of course I could put in a couple of references to other groups to give an indication of would you can expect. Lovers of the best Mike Holmes (IQ) guitar solos will be pleased with the technically perfect sounding Maxim Velchko, while lovers of melodic Italian bands like Latte e Miele (compare the bassoon playing or some of the chord progressions on their album Papillon) will also recognize the sound of their preference in the music of Sunchild. There are spots where Sunchild shows the strength of U.K. in some passages where the organ and the violin combine. What I mean to say, is that Sunchild can compete with the best.

The only thing I had to get used to are the vocals. Antony sings, like he is telling a story and he does that very close to the microphone, which gives a bit the same effect as Jûrgen Dollases singing with Wallenstein. Of course this is a matter of taste. The opening track "Day Of Destiny" still has a very catching chorus and sounds inviting enough.

The album is well produced and comes with a handsome booklet. This album that so excellently combines folk elements to warm progressive and symphonic rock music, deserves to be discovered by everyone. All four stars are well deserved !

Erik de Beer

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 As Far As The Eye Can See by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.05 | 173 ratings

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Review by Life Line Project

5 stars 2011 has been an excellent year for Ukrainian multi-instrumentalist Antony Kalugin. He is both the mastermind of the Karfagen project, with whom he released the more than excellent "Lost Symphony" and his band Sunchild. Again he has surrounded himself with a large number of first class musicians, of which a large number coincides with Karfagen. Some significant differences are guitarist Andrey Kobylyanskiy and two female vocalists of which it's hard to decide who is who. The quality of these female vocals however is exceptional.

I think the lead singer, who is also featured on the band photos in the accompanying booklet, is Olya Chernova (there are two vocalists credited, so it's hard to tell). She sounds a lot like Kate Bush and her singing is adding a totally new dimension to the Kalugin music. Just listen to songs like "The Ring Of Eternity" or the brilliantly and theatrically sung "Mirrors" (more of this please !!). Her voice is certainly one of the highlights on this album. It's a pity Antony Kalugin alternates these brilliant vocals with his own sometimes mediocre singing, bothered by a strong Ukrainian accent, which at some spots even causes timing problems. If it weren't for the great vocal contributions of the earlier mentioned Olya Chernova or the incredible musicianship of Antony Kalugin, I would have been inclined to take of one star. However the capacity of mister Kalugin to make extremely gifted arrangements and compositions is of such importance, that I think that every self-respecting progrock music lover should have at least one of his albums and I think "As Far As The Eye Can See" would be an excellent choice.

Don't think Kalugin is a bad singer. In particular the more solid passages sound more than all right and in the harmony parts he fits in more than well. You just have to listen to a song like "March Of Fate" to find out. The weak spots are in the more subtle sung passages in which he reminds me of Wallenstein's Jürgen Dollase, an excellent player, but not a too convincing singer.

The album opens with "Stars Of Cardiff Bay", an impressive composition of over fifteen minutes, in which mister Kalugin and his small orchestra display all their abilities. Well executed melodic symphonic art rock, stocked with impressive instrumental passages, gloriously centred around the brilliant and convincing keyboard playing by master Kalugin. A huge alto saxophone solo is provided by Misha Sidorenko. Excellent synthesizer and organ solos, worthy of Eddie Jobson's U.K., are alternated with subtle woodwind and string passages. Surprising and musical like vocal parts are followed by solid and virtuoso electric guitar solos. The song has everything a real proglover may wish.

As with the Karfagen project the arrangements provided by Antony Kalugin are incredible. He knows exactly to create beautiful new instrumental colours by finding all the right positioning of the woodwind and string parts. I was particularly struck by the inventiveness of the arrangements of the oboe and bassoon parts. Those who care for great flute performances should try out songs like the earlier mentioned "March of Fate" and the beautiful "Visionary Sights" in which even the male vocals are well sung. The chorus is catchy and it's a song that could almost become a hit, a song that keeps haunting your mind.

All songs on "As Far As The Eye Can See" are of outstanding quality. They all contain a melodic and harmonious warmth, that makes you want more. In these days of numbness and hurry, the music of Sunchild takes you away from it all with beautiful melodies, sometimes inspired by folk music sustained by the use of the bayan (a sort of accordion), but most of the time all of great originality. Apart from the earlier mentioned little short-comings the vocals are well arranged and perfectly executed. There are even spots where I was reminded of musicals like "Chess", because of the outstanding and theatrical quality of the choral vocals.

The album ends with title track "As Far As The Eye Can See" in which once more all Sunchild qualities are shown at their best. The only pity is that the album ends rather abruptly.

I have listened to the album lots of times and as so often with Antony Kalugin products you just keep on discovering new things in this so meticulously elaborated music. The recording and production are of excellent quality. It's one of the 2011 albums I have enjoyed most, so it would be a shame to deny Sunchild one of the so well deserved five stars ! Recommended to everyone !

Erik de Beer.

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 As Far As The Eye Can See by SUNCHILD album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.05 | 173 ratings

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Review by BrufordFreak

4 stars Wow! More great music from 2011 yet revealed! This is part great neo-prog, part theatric rock opera (reminds me of a very, very toned down kind of UNEXPECT, if you can envision that), part eclectic-world music. What this is not is boring music: the myriad tempo and mood changes are so unexpected and out-of-the-blue as to always keep me interested--kind of like From.UZ or The Mars Volta. Plus, there are many interesting musical instrument choices (though, in this age of computer programmed composition one can never know what is authentic and what is played on keyboard--and Kalugin is, after all, a master keyboard artist). Favorite songs include: "Ring of Eternity" (9/10), "Stars of Cardiff Bay" (8/10), and the title song (8/10). Though Kalugin's vocal stylings are eerily similar to both COLLAGE/BELIEVE's Tomek Rozycki and TFK/TRANSATLANTIC's Roine Stolt, there are many other co-vocalists who add quite a bit of spice to each song. Another great release from 2011, The Year of Prog! Highly recommended.

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