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DIFFERENT LIGHT was formed in Malta at the end of 1994 by Trevor tabone, Mark Agius Cesareo, Richie Rizzo and Trevor Catania. Loads of gigs were played throughout 1995 and an early version of 'In the Grey' was recorded for a compilation album. 'All About Yourself', the band's first album, was recorded in April 1996 and released in June of the same year. The band spent the rest of the year touring Malta to promote the album. Mark Agius Cesareo left the band in early 1997 and was replaced by Jeremy DeMaria. Different Light supported 'Fish' (ex Marillion ;) in September 1998 and recorded a mini-album (EP?) in the summer of 1999. At this point, Different Light split up and so ended the first chapter.

Fast forward to 2008, Trevor Tabone decides to reform the band in Prague, CZ together with Hynek Kocourek and Petr Lux. With the help of Daniel Charron and Premek Matejovic, an album entitled 'Icons that Weep' is recorded and released in November 2009. The album ranges from Crossover Prog to Neo Prog sound.

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Seven years would pass for the third album of the band to be released. Although a compilation came out in 2011, it would not be until 2016 that DIFFERENT LIGHT release 'Burden of Paradise'. Tabone and Lux are the two remaining members of the last line-up, aided by Jirka Matousek (bass) and Petr Matousek (drums).

Biography updated by aapatsos

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3.59 | 23 ratings
All About Yourself
1996
3.98 | 23 ratings
Icons That Weep
2009
3.98 | 123 ratings
The Burden Of Paradise
2016

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DIFFERENT LIGHT Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.29 | 9 ratings
Il Suono Della Luce
2011

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1.00 | 1 ratings
A Kind of Consolation
1999

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 The Burden Of Paradise by DIFFERENT LIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.98 | 123 ratings

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The Burden Of Paradise
Different Light Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars DIFFERENT LIGHT is a band project that serves as the creative vehicle of composer and musician Trevor Tabone. Initially formed in Malta in 1994, the band fell apart a few years later but then reappeared as a venture based in the Czech Republic starting in 2008. Following the return of Different Light they have released a compilation album and two studio productions. "The Burden of Paradise" is the most recent of the latter, and was self-released by the band in 2016.

Sometimes you do not need to say all that much about an album, and this is just such a case. A well made album on all levels, featuring material that should please just about anyone with a taste for classic era, mid 80's style neo-progressive rock. If this is the kind of music you tend to enjoy, this is an album that most certainly warrants a check.

 The Burden Of Paradise by DIFFERENT LIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2016
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The Burden Of Paradise
Different Light Crossover Prog

Review by benbell

5 stars In short: this is going to end up very high on my list of favourite albums of the year, and it won't surprise me if it takes the top spot.

Beautiful, intricately constructed, melodic progressive rock with gorgeous harmonies, interesting lyrics, lovely interplay between parts and the occasional virtuoso stand-out moment. Lovely, unusual chord changes, great use of suspense in pedal note bass, some delicious guitar trem arm flutter moments and all sorts of other technical observations, but above all this is just musical and engaging. It took me a couple of listens to really take to it but now it grows on me with every listen.

Stand out tracks: Love and War is sublime. Special mention for "At First Light" too. There are moments which are a little like modern (songful) Rush, some more Neo-prog moments that could be Marillion if you squint a bit. Loads of big majestic, symphonic moments, and a brave but wonderful end to the album.

This is really, really fine stuff. Not wall to wall virtuoso stuff, but some of the most musically engaging prog I've heard in a long time. Top marks with no reservations.

 The Burden Of Paradise by DIFFERENT LIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.98 | 123 ratings

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The Burden Of Paradise
Different Light Crossover Prog

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars I never knew about this band, but I'm blown away.

I really like this kind of progrock. It has some similarities to IQ, Millenium, Pendragon but also It Bites and Saga. The style is a heavy kind of prog, with lots of guitarriffs and solos. There are lots of rhythm changes and nice heavy soloing on synths and guitar. Sometimes the heavier parts remind me of Threshold and Subsignal.

On the softer parts there also lots of use of piano. Also a reminder of Threshold. The heavy riffing and piano has also some Savatage-moments, even Queen sometimes. Haven't heard such use of piano in heavy rock for a very long time. The vocalist is very good. He sings with a gentle and often warm voice but can easily hold his ground when the music gets heavy. There's lots of use of backing- and harmony vocals. All very melodic and catchy.

There are two long epic suites that work very well and the different parts flow into eachother very easily.

I can really recommend this cd to people who get tired of modern prog being either depressing or too much metal. This is oldschool progrock with a heavy rock approach (with a pop/aor flavour here and there) and offers a lot musically. A very colourful album.

 The Burden Of Paradise by DIFFERENT LIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.98 | 123 ratings

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The Burden Of Paradise
Different Light Crossover Prog

Review by The Jester

4 stars Review #33. I must admit that I had no idea about 'Different Light'; this is actually the first album I listened by them, and I am very pleased to say the least. When I sit down to write a "review" I try to listen to the album at least 3 or 4 times first. (Right now I am listening to it for the 3rd time).

So, let's take a closer look: The album includes 8 songs, with 2 of them being divided into many smaller parts, and has a total running time of more than an hour. The album's characteristic is the 2 long suits, 'In the Grand Scheme of Things', and 'Eternal Return'. 'In The Grand Scheme of Things' is the album's opening song, an - almost - 22-minute-long suite, which is divided into 8 shorter parts. It is a typical example of modern Progressive Rock, (I will not say Neo-Prog), including very nice melodies and many turns and changes. The dominant instrument is the keyboards, with the electric guitar playing a significant role as well. Personally speaking, I heard many Marillion influences here and there, but it doesn't really matter since the outcome is very good and pleasant to the ears. (Upon listening to it over and over, you will discover more "hidden" influences from other bands as well). Next comes Voice of Outside, a beautiful and melodic tune, which is one of the album's personal favorites. Voice of the Outside is followed by the instrumental A St. Martin's Summer, a very pleasant tune with very good guitar work, and a heavier overall sound. Although it is not a bad tune, it passes - let's say - unnoticed, because of the 2 previous and the next song, which are really good ones! So, after St. Martin's Summer comes the highlight of the album in my opinion, Eternal Return. It is the album's second long suite, divided in 6 parts. With very good rhythm, beautiful melodies, sweet piano passages and nice changes in the song's main structure, it surely is a very good song, that "catches" the listener's attention from the first listening. Transient Dreams is also a good piece, but being placed after Eternal Return is loosing some of its dynamic. After that, Mare Imbrium enters, which is actually the intro for the 10-minute-long Love and War, that is divided in 2 parts. Another very good tune! All for You is the album's closing song, a cool and relaxed melody, with piano and acoustic guitar in most parts. Not bad, but also nothing special as well. So, in order to sum up, what we have here is a very good album, including some impressive moments, especially with the presence of the 2 long suites, beautiful melodies and a soft and pleasant sound, that can be appreciated by almost everyone, being a Progressive Rock fan or not.

In my opinion their overall sound and style reminds me of the Scottish band Comedy of Errors, but in an improved way so to say. The Burden of Paradise is a very pleasant and enjoyable album, one of this year's surprises, that you should definitely give it a try! [Because of my radio show, I get the chance to speak and "meet" with many artists, and sometimes their overall behaviour matters to my final decision. I contacted their leader Trevor Tabone a few days ago, and I have to say that he seems like a very cool and gentle guy. (I will have him actually as guest in my radio show on the 16th of October).] So, my rating will be 3.5 stars for the album, plus 0.5 stars for Trevor's overall behaviour, which adds up to 4.0 solid stars.

 The Burden Of Paradise by DIFFERENT LIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.98 | 123 ratings

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The Burden Of Paradise
Different Light Crossover Prog

Review by PH

5 stars For the unaware, DIFFERENT LIGHT have been around since 1994. The combo went through various personnel changes to emerge the current line-up, embracing Trevor Tabone (keyboards / vocals), Petr Lux (guitars / backing vocals), Jirka Matousek (bass) and Petr Matousek (drums). Their newest CD 'The Burden of Paradise' takes the listener on melodic journey, blending a handful of styles. As far as I'm concerned, the subject matter balances between high standard neoprog and symphonic AOR, joined by glossy progressive metal and pop sensibility. These components result in great alliance. Particular album begins with a lengthy opus 'In the Grand Scheme of Things', where each segment is constructed to showcase the common route. The deep flowing keyboards and excellent guitar overlay scatter across 22 + minutes, bringing charm to thematic development of suite. The rhythm section is given ample space, animating the context within. Evocative vocals are turning around the instrumental prowess. The second track 'Voice of Outside' keeps acoustic guitar, elegant piano and affective singing. Later on, some strings and percussion are appeared but the whole vibe remains light and airy. Graceful harmonies provide a supplementary depth. The follow-up, instrumental tune 'A St. Martin's Summer' reflects a calm approach of Dream Theater as source for inspiration. Then we cross over into 'Eternal Return', featuring plenty of sequences. Like a homage to musical trademarks of Supertramp, this multi-part composition is replete with spectacular orchestrations underpinned by exciting choirs. There are noteworthy hooks, shifts in tempo and direction. The album continues by 'Transient Dream'. Wriggling through changes, the song is full of colour and vibrant. What next? A kind of filmic interlude 'Mare Imbrium', whereat sound effects inject disturbing atmosphere. The penultimate chapter 'In Love and War' is divided on two respective halves, setting much more than a sum of diverse ingredients. The CD finishes off with balladry 'All for You'. Translucent keyboards and evolving vocals lead the way. Cleverly crafted harmonies broaden the horizon. Occasionally, the acoustic guitar has an opportunity to shine. Switching bass and drums move along underneath a melody line. Au revoir! ' Overall, the listening experience is most pleasant. The enjoyment seems to increase with every spin as additional nuances are drawn out. Fans of softer, melodic progressive rock should definitely want to pick up a copy of 'The Burden of Paradise'. Visit the band's website for more info, details and updates.
 All About Yourself by DIFFERENT LIGHT album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.59 | 23 ratings

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All About Yourself
Different Light Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Malta has a very small history in Progressive Rock, but a few bands tried to come out of the country's borders in order to make some impact.Different Light is one of them, formed in 1994 with Trevor Tabone on vocals/keyboards/guitar, Trevor Catania on bass, Richie Rizzo on drums and Mark Agius Cesareo on guitar.1995 sees the band performing a lot of gigs and in April 96' they recorded their debut ''All About Yourself'', released privately in June of the same year.

Different Light played a safe Neo Prog with a bunch of striking melodies here and there, recalling bands such as FINAL CONFLICT, ZIFF, TRISTAN PARK and to a lesser extent JADIS and PINK FLOYD.Their music is smooth and easy-going with notable guitar work and extended tracks split in passionate electric passages and more downtempo lyrical moments, but there are also a couple of longer tracks, clocking at over 10 minutes, which find the group at its best.More powerful use of keyboards, accurate guitar solos, pleasant grooves and expressive vocals next to a more apparent symphonicism result to well-crafted compositions with strong songwriting and nice instrumental ideas.All tracks though are good, just not outstanding, with clever melodies, nice breaks and atmospheric, lyrical soundscapes.The dreamy use of keyboads and guitars is often quite remarkable, but the band actually fails not to remind of any of the class acts of the style.

If some true personality won't let you down while listening to an album, then ''All About Yourself'' is definitely a very good work.Following the steps of Neo Prog masters of the 80's, Different Light's first effort has a certain place in a decent collection.Recommended.

 Il Suono Della Luce by DIFFERENT LIGHT album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
3.29 | 9 ratings

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Il Suono Della Luce
Different Light Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars DIFFERENT LIGHT is a band project that serves as the creative vehicle for composer and musician Trevor Tabone. Initially formed in Malta in 1992, the band fell apart around the beginning of the millennium. A few years back, however, Tabone decided to reform the band, but now based in the Czech Republic, sporting a new line-up and a redefined stylistic expression. "Il Suono della Luce" was released in 2011 and is a compilation album tracking all the different phases of the band.

With "Il Suono della Luce" Trevor Tabone appears to have assembled a fair representation of the repertoire and history of his band Different Light, and while it doesn't stand out as a production the general art rock audience will want to explore extensively, I'd advise those who enjoy their classic rock just as much as the first wave of neo-progressive artists to lend an ear to this CD. I suspect quite a few who answer to such a description of their musical tastes will find plenty to enjoy on this one.

 Icons That Weep by DIFFERENT LIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.98 | 23 ratings

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Icons That Weep
Different Light Crossover Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars Second album of (now "Czech") group Different Light, even released more than 13 years after first record, sounds quite similar in my opinion. Doint this kind of melodic Neo Prog with mainstream element (the reason why we included DL in Crossover genre). Sometimes even venturing into Pop Rock genre (rarely) only to change its course to more elaborate twist. This isn't exactly music for hardcore Prog lovers (in sense that demans extremely complex, often weird and music that is very demanding on listener)

Different Light's music is about something else. It's the message of optimistic kind that music can be more or less Prog and still being in "human friendly" mode. The kind of music that will please listeners of energy-filled melodic Rock and still be good for Prog fans (Neo Prog would be the closest). There are atmospheric tracks like Unholy Land or A Creature of Habit that especially shine.

4(-), good and solid supporting of band's continuity. Should please most of people, except (as mentioned earlier) hardcore Prog fans, who picks only something. But as good old saying tells us: "you can't satisfy everyone".

 All About Yourself by DIFFERENT LIGHT album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.59 | 23 ratings

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All About Yourself
Different Light Crossover Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars What a hidden gem is this. Relatively unknown band that has a lot to offer. As shown in biography, this band had quite unusual history, releasing two album (second one 13 years after this one), changing lineup completely, with just Trevor Tabone remaining. So this isn't exactly album from Czech Republic (it's made by Maltese [Falcon?] people), which may or not be heard here, I don't know.

What I know is that "All About Yourself" depends on quite mellow (think melodic) arrangements - it's not Marillion-like (it's more like melodic - non keyboard - parts of Not of This World by Pendragon) and relatively long tracks. Songs has another trait in common. They're very powerful in telling you these things they want to tell. To appeal on listener. Even it's nothing harsh and so this story is told in very subtle way.

This music is in Crossover department, because sometimes, "Different Light" is closing to more mainstream appeal, to these "you-know-which" elements, dwelling on this narrow edge of Neo & X-over. Vocals are fine and so are other "instruments" nothing annoying, or extremely weird. What is great is (I foreshadowed it before) song composition. And Familiar Feelings truly is familiar, as this is more or less reprise of first song, This Is Only the Beginning with different words and slight changes in music.

4(+), not only that this is exactly the music I like. Prog fans will find satisfaction in complexity (just close your eyes and listen this music, concentrate on each instrument, how Prog it sounds, feel the entire album, divided into songs, together joined by theme and atmosphere, layers built in each track).

Solid 4 plus. However, beware those who seek Gentle Giant / King Crimson - like music. This is something different.

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