Header

COLORSTAR

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Hungary


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

ColorStar picture
ColorStar biography
Space Prog band from Hungary with clear influences of OZRIC TENTACLES. Their music has strong grooves, textures and layers, on the best psychodelic / ethnic style. The techno drumming is heavily used. The band continued the trip with two more releases, the maxi CD "1.999" and "Via La Musica", the latter released in 2001, on which they confirmed the unique characteristics of COLORSTAR's accentuated drumming, funky (fretless) bass guitar, typical "floating" guitar themes, and vocals, creatively related with ethnic musics. Another band which have already confirmed their party qualities in Tolmin.

ColorStar official website

COLORSTAR MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

COLORSTAR forum topics / tours, shows & news


COLORSTAR forum topics Create a topic now
COLORSTAR tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "colorstar"
Post an entries now

COLORSTAR Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to COLORSTAR

Buy COLORSTAR Music


HeavenicetripHeavenicetrip
Import
Studio Kft 1999
Audio CD$29.95 (used)
Via La MusicaVia La Musica
Periferic Records
Audio CD$22.49
$17.99 (used)
Same (HU)Same (HU)
Megado Kiado
Audio CD$22.19
Komfort (one of the leading alter-prog-rock bands in Hungary - like Porcupine Tree, Ozric Tentacles)Komfort (one of the leading alter-prog-rock bands in Hungary - like Porcupine Tree, Ozric Tentacles)
Periferic Records
Audio CD$58.95 (used)

More places to buy COLORSTAR music online Buy COLORSTAR & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for COLORSTAR DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

COLORSTAR shows & tickets


COLORSTAR has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

COLORSTAR discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

COLORSTAR top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.61 | 17 ratings
Heavenicetrip!
1998
3.69 | 15 ratings
Via La Musica
2001
3.33 | 10 ratings
Komfort
2004
3.40 | 10 ratings
ColorStar
2009
3.92 | 3 ratings
Flow
2012

COLORSTAR Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

COLORSTAR Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

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

COLORSTAR Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.91 | 2 ratings
ColorStar 1.999
1999

COLORSTAR Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Via La Musica by COLORSTAR album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.69 | 15 ratings

BUY
Via La Musica
ColorStar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars It is not often that I feel at a total loss for words but I have no idea how I am going to describe this album for you. At times it is world music, at others obviously eastern European, while others progressive, or is it pop? There are samples, music coming in at strange angles. Bits that don't make sense, but then again do, perfectly.

I attempted to listen to this initially while doing something else, but the something else failed miserably as I found my attention taken more and more by the music as I tried to work out what was going on. In the end I decided that I didn't have a clue but was going to enjoy it anyway.

Originally appeared in Feedback #65, Dec 01

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Flow by COLORSTAR album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.92 | 3 ratings

BUY
Flow
ColorStar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars This time, the band ar a trio. The drummer left.

Because of that, the spacerock influences are less and the dance influences are more prominent.

Does this mean,it's bad? Not at all. There's still the duelling guitars, heavy spaerock-like synths and heavy basslines. Less instrumental songs and more vocals. I must say that I liked their last album (Colorstar 2009) better, but still, this new album is solid enough to keep me satisfied.

The songs are dark and almost threatening, and have a lot of drum&bass and techno-beats. I can understand, that not everybody will enjoy this. But personally I really like this new prog-stuff like Korai 'r'm, M'sfel and even Ozric Tentacles, mixing dance, ethnic and progrock.

All I want now, is an official live-album, because on stage the band is even more exciting!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Komfort by COLORSTAR album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.33 | 10 ratings

BUY
Komfort
ColorStar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars I must say that Colorstar is probably my favorite Hungarian group at the moment, thoroughly entranced by previous albums "Heavenicetrip" (a classic in my opinion) and "Via la Musica", its prog content is sometimes questioned but their mix of organic electronica with strong bass and real drums is a concoction I happen to enjoy. Their concerts in Hungary are well received and provide a strong platform for Hungarian prog to continue to flourish. "Komfort" veers deeper into synth-led environments where the collapsing guitars jumble furiously with the manic rhythms, creating a dense web of sound that would appeal to a wide variety of fans, anywhere from Trey Gunn-era King Crimson, Kraftwerk , fellow compatriots Korai Öröm (all Ks!). It will also please the electro trance crowd because you can actually dance to this also. The groove is intense, all vocals are in English (at times vocodered), the rhythmic weaving intricate and ever evolving, spiced with all kinds of sonic effects but always pied-pipered by the guitar/bass combination. The tracks are all note worthy, each different in its own way, with an assortment of themes and beats that keep the enjoyment alive and kicking, swirling and oozing appropriately. A track by track rundown is uncalled for as all the pieces have their own identity while still firmly ensconced in their forever evolving style. The dual dueling guitars of Péter Szalay and András Keleti still rule the roost with solid drummer Zoltán Farkas pounding mercilessly. New members are no slouches: the über-electronics are handled by Márton Szinovszki and he is utterly convincing while the rumbling bass is now handled by Csaba Bese.

Admittedly not everyone's cup of tea but isn't that what makes prog so grand , a massive buffet of sumptuous sounds all catering to one's individual tastes and preferences. The production and sound are astoundingly clear and concise as is always the case with Hungarian recordings, a long standing tradition in this country. This should be perceived more like party (read =FUN) music than your serious ultra-snotty musical audition. The idea is enjoyment after all and Colorstar will definitely fit your bill, as they are both creative and original, blurring that fine line between Psychedelic, Space and Electronica.

4.5 Komfort Zones

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Heavenicetrip! by COLORSTAR album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.61 | 17 ratings

BUY
Heavenicetrip!
ColorStar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars This incredible music wallows within far-flung Space rock concepts , close to Italian group Sunscape, choosing to weave intricate dual guitar riffs, with chugging bass and almost danceable drums (in a good sense) similar to their Hungarian compatriot tripmeisters Korai Öröm or Finn cousins The Giant Hogweed Orchestra and Groovector. They also bring aboard a couple of synthesists to intensify the sonic colorations with masterful results. "Indúl" (Start) blisters ragingly ahead, setting the torrid yet oft dreamy pace, drowning in massive swaths of psychedelia and groove. This pulsating ambiance blooms even further on the title track, the pertinently named "Heavenicetrip", a raucous explosion of intense guitar fulminations, bluesy but fast and hence, desperate to keep up with the funky bass played the István Balahoczky that slings this one into one hell of a danceable but groovy setting, while both axemen let the strings shred through the mist, with a myriad of luscious effects. "Imarobot" squirms into trance territory but pushed along by that malevolent bass, the guitars ring choppily and the mood intensifies as the synths start pinging and ponging wildly. Drummer Zoltán Farkas thumps his traps abusively, in a pseudo-African marshalling beat that just keeps cooking! Another absolute killer track. "O-Zone" retreats to a trippier minimalist intro, very psych and repetitive for the most part but still relying on the percussive work to shoulder the main thrill. The bass finds itself still funky and prominent, waving the other lads through towards some distant cosmic buzz, a bit like those trance- rave concerts with live bands like Ozric Tentacles, Hawkwind et all? After a brief ambient lull and some odd chanting , the theme comes rambling through once again more furious than before, the lead guitarist with deadly grins on their faces. They really blaze ardently, my goodness! Already a half hour of colossal music, can this "trip" go on? "Fix Dance" keeps the ball rolling with that locomotive bass, the rippling drums toying with the guitar arpeggios that quickly morph into heavy riffs, dissonant effects and vocal distortions, carrying a lot orgasmic weight as they forge forward , ready to explode. And then the deflagration comes with a sinuous and creeping lead guitar solo that swerves, swoons and sweats, all within the bruising and delirious sounds. Bloody incredible really. Things get experimental with sampled female voice bits computed to infuse with the male lead vocal on the brooding "Running in the City", a curious adventure in electronic music played by a hard- edged rock band, with highly satisfying results. The fretboards really peel off some sizzling solos, crafty and original and a prostitute tirade effect that is trčs recherché only adds lusty humor to the urban context. Brilliant again, I must say. "Podmóbü" is the oddball track, brimming with oddity, half old Pink Floyd, half Experimental, with some eccentric guitar blissouts and female chanting that fits the atmosphere to a Tee. The outgoing Frippoid slash is magnificent. Things get obviously interstellar with the cheeky "6 Steps on the Moon", a galactic ride of humongous proportions, loaded with unexpected genius, totally unpredictable (a rare occurrence in the relatively restricted Space ?Rock genre), ever endingly creative and yet powerfully hypnotic. The drummer really lets it rip here with a nasty solo that will make your heart skip a few beats and beads of sweat berthing at your brow. This incomparable album ends convincingly with "Karma Tours", a final 7 minute romp that oozes rhythm and psychosis, a lethal combination when well propelled by such a first- class bass/drum duo. Things get tribal electronic with almost vocoder-like robotic pleas bursting through the thundering haze. Blistering material, proggers, you need this BIG TIME . After all, sinkadotentree and I cannot be both wrong!

Easily within my top Prog 100 ever. Yes, and another sex soundtrack (LOL) for my harem. 5 trippy Budapests

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Komfort by COLORSTAR album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.33 | 10 ratings

BUY
Komfort
ColorStar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

2 stars 'Komfort' offers much comfort for people who like to enter the dancefloor and want to break sweat. Very funky and sometimes triphop, even house bordering. Modern synthy/electronic elements are coupled with disco like alienated vocals and backed by groovy drums and bass which are responsible for an enormous drive. The high pressure drum work is remarkable but also something to argue about - is it hypnotic or only plain with intent? On the other hand the guitar appearance and some synthesizer output is refering to the psych/space origin by all means. All in all it sounds like the band experimented a lot to combine retro and modern elements to something new.

The title track is an example for that. Some spacey synth patterns, psychedelic guitars and samples are backed by drums with a simple techno/house beat. Ambivalent - it takes some rounds for getting used to. Light Up the Stars in contrast is a simple radio/disco-friendly track which cannot convince a prog fan. The contrary album opener Falling pleases me though. Basically an excellent combination of groovy and spacey elements more working in the vein of Korai Öröm or the old ColorStar sound. Great straightforward drums, with electronical help in the more floating middle section. Even the vocals are suitable here. The rest of the songs are basically house beat driven spiked with some psych and space elements. Only One More Slip differs because provided with diversified beats and the floating trippy song Fragrance which has a native touch.

'Komfort' is unusual - experimental and not always successful. Taking prog standards as the criterion they are passing the line here predominantly. First I was willing to condemn this one completely and it definetely took some time for me to get to the bottom of it and to filter the prog ingredients - 2.5 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Via La Musica by COLORSTAR album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.69 | 15 ratings

BUY
Via La Musica
ColorStar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Wow - this is good. 'Via la Musica' has rhythmic and even danceable music to offer - combining psychedelic and triphop proportions in a very special way. I like that. Korai Öröm's music is nearby sometimes - no wonder they are coming from the same origin and scene at Budapest. But COLORSTAR is not a simple copy at all by using ethno world music elements with loops and some hungarian folk snippets. The band has developed its own style mixed up with more electronic portions embedded in song structures with ups and downs, gradual increases and surprising changes.

Just to mention the opener Morning call starting in a psychedelic trance mood with synthesizer, sitar and then suddenly changing to uptempo triphop even bordering to drum & bass. Not to believe - it groooooves! Budapest Win-A-Trip and Hue & Cry on the other hand are nujazz and could reach for a place on a Cafe De Mar sampler without any problems. Aalomadalom follows provided with a tribal beat, floydy guitar and mouth organ - what a combination!

Control the Momentsounds like a reminiscence to the Korai Öröm style. The guitar is striking as always and arranging the psychedelic vibe which increases more and more 'til the end of the album. Waterfront is a very catchy song with standard drum work convincing me much.

Interesting colourful music - quasi contrary styles are formed as a unit which is really impressing. Not typical psych/space sounds as you might expect - first of all because of this special rhythm work. This album will rather change the atmosphere on your party and fill the dance floor at a late hour. Worth it to have a listen.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Heavenicetrip! by COLORSTAR album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.61 | 17 ratings

BUY
Heavenicetrip!
ColorStar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This music is so much fun ! We get a taste of Dance, Trance, Psychedelic and Electronic all blended together. I couldn't help but think of another Hungarian band called KORAI OROM who play a similar style of music. Lots of drums and percussion with PORCUPINE TREE-like guitars and deep, chunky bass lines. This music just grooves people !

"Indul" has an ethnic flavour and becomes uptempo with that hypnotic beat. Such a full and solid sound to their music. Turn it up ! Hard not to move to the music. The song ends with a nucleur explosion. "Heavenicetrip !" has this mid-paced beat as guitar is picked. Such a clear and clean sound. Synths and processed vocals come in. It kicks into gear at 2 1/2 minutes, and i'm reminded of early PORCUPINE TREE, especially the guitar. Love that guitar ! Chunky bass and some ripping guitar after 7 minutes. "Imarobot" opens with floating guitar melodies as synths and spoken vocals come in. The tempo picks up as the bass digs deep and the guitar plays over top with the drums beating away. A more powerful sound 2 1/2 minutes in,organ follows. Vocals 4 minutes in. Great sound. "O-Zone" opens with percussion. Guitar and bass join in. Synths arrive and i'm thinking PINK FLOYD. A calm after 3 1/2 minutes. Spoken words 5 minutes in before it kicks back in.The guitar before 6 1/2 minutes sounds fantastic.

"Fix Dance" is experimental to begin with until we start to get a beat a minute in. Prossesed vocals 2 1/2 minutes in. Guitar before 4 minutes. Great sound. Spoken words again after 5 minutes. It's raining late as it blends into "Running In The City". The rain continues until a beat takes over with vocals. Guitar 4 minutes in makes some noise. "Podmobu" sounds like "Run Like Hell" early. The guitar 2 1/2 minutes is very psychedelic. Some female vocal melodies later. "Six Steps On The Moon" is a great track. I like the bass lines as well as the guitar. We get a beat before 1 1/2 minutes with vocals. Incredible sound 4 minutes in with the synths and female vocals. Crazy good drumming to end it. "Karma Tours" has such a good beat with synths as the guitar plays over top. Vocals come in and it gets a little heavier 5 minutes in. Nice.

Obviously from the ratings for this one, not everyone is as into this style of music as I am. I think if you like OZRIC TENTACLES or KORAI OROM you'll like this one a lot.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Via La Musica by COLORSTAR album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.69 | 15 ratings

BUY
Via La Musica
ColorStar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Joolz
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Three years since disappointing debut 'Heavenicetrip' and Colorstar have moved the goalposts onto a different playing field with 'Via La Musica', from conventional trippy space rock to something much more modern, a very successful career decision culminating (to date) in 2004's superb 'Komfort'. The spacey hooks and jams are still there, but grounded on a bed-rock of what the band's own website describes as "experimental dance music strongly influenced by electronic pop, ethno- and world music" which sums it up pretty well really. In other words, solid Ozric Tentacles country but with an eastern twist to give them a distinct personality.

The result is a much stronger album than 'Heavenicetrip' with hooks that stick in the mind as well as grooves that get the muscles twitching. Apart from 'Waterfront' there isn't much vocal melody - that would come with the next album - but use of voices plays a significant part in the varied cocktail of sound, adding an extra layer of interest to the soundscapes. Indeed, 'Waterfront' is the only track that would conventionally be considered as a song with melody and melodic structure, though in itself the melody isn't particularly memorable.

'Via La Musica' gets off to a rather slow start. The constantly evolving 'Morning Call' is nice enough without really hitting the spot, and neither do the next pair of tracks. But then you get to four absolute beauties in a row. 'Aalomadalom' is a masterpiece of its type, a progressive piece with fat beefy hooks, lovely twangy Hank-Marvin-guitar, jams to die for and a thrilling finale that leaves you panting for more. Next up is the lively, eastern tinged 'Petite Adele' awash with acoustic instruments [including sitar], more twangy guitar and a strange little 'café-france' song near the end. 'Control The Moment' returns to a more straightforward techno-dance style, while 'Waterfront' heads more into space-psych territory that gets better the longer it goes on.

Overall, then, a mixed bag and a partial recommendation with four 'very good' to 'brilliant' tracks accompanied by four others that are a little less creditable. If you like the Ozrics modern approach to space-psych, then you should like Colorstar. 'Via La Musica would be a fair representation of their new style, but 'Komfort' is really the first one to go for.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Heavenicetrip! by COLORSTAR album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.61 | 17 ratings

BUY
Heavenicetrip!
ColorStar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Joolz
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Well, I dislike this almost as much as I love Colorstar's latest album [Komfort] - while Komfort is full of catchy melodies and crazy beats, Heavenicetrip sounds sterile and devoid of inspiration, much of the time meandering along towards some unseen horizon in an uninspiring and lacklustre fashion. Sure, there are signs of future brilliance, but they are deeply enmeshed in a morass of over-repeated phrases, unexciting hooks and some average musicianship. Sadly, the only proper song on the album [Six Steps On The Moon] is devoid of merit and features a tedius drum solo!

But it is not all negative - far from it. The electric guitar sounds nice and mellow in a primary supporting role, while the fretless bass is a welcome sound. As also is the addition of hand percussion (tabla) to augment the drum kit on occasion. Voices do not play a major part, but when present they give a distinct lift to a track like the 60s inflected psychedelic Pedmóbü. Most of the material is of the free-form kind and is quite disposable, but occasionally a spark gets ingnited: five minutes into O-Zone a short bridge leads into a fine bouncy beat and guitar solo; Running In The City starts with a superb atmospheric section but ultimately runs out of ideas; while Karma Tours ends the album on a high, by far the best track with an Indian mantra and heavy guitar riff.

The fact that this was Colorstar's debut means that it was not a bad first effort, at the very least providing a fair basis from which to move forward. Overall, though, Heavenicetrip is a very patchy album that has too few virtues to warrant more than passing interest.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Komfort by COLORSTAR album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.33 | 10 ratings

BUY
Komfort
ColorStar Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Joolz
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Another space-psych band from Hungary, and like countrymen Korai Öröm they have moved away from their rockist roots towards a techno based sound. But, while Korai Öröm are still a space-psych band with techno beats, Colorstar have become a techno-pop band with space-psych overtones where melody is a major element. If approached with that in mind, then this is a very enjoyable album, full of infectious synthesized beats, catchy tunes and memorable vocals which often drift away into something else - often trippy psych guitar, but there is some funk in there too with the occasional extended solo or rhythmic work-out.

Most tracks are securely founded in synths, samples and sequencers, with some acoustic percussion. Electric guitar is used mostly as a rhythm instrument though there is an occasional riff like in the excellent title track which really takes off in its later stages when the guitar joins the fray. All tracks are of medium length, mostly relying on beats and tunes to carry them through rather than any overt Prog tendencies. The exception is the finale - the creepy Fragrance - a progressive song featuring an evocative languid mood with lots of spacey synths [and a Farfisa?], a distinct Arabian flavour, and wonderful driving beat just after half distance.

The album is at its best when the band switch into overdrive [Komfort, Another Day and Fragrance] or when they produce a memorable melody [Light Up The Stars]. Oh, and just when you have settled comfortably into the prevailing mood, they go and mix things up a little with a pounding bass/drums/guitar combo powering the bouncy Rollerskate. I guess that's why I love this album. I may know little about techno or dance, but these guys have developed an intelligent hybrid that satisfies on many levels. Overall, not as out-and-out space-psych as some of their peers, but a very rewarding experience and worth seeking out.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Joolz for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.33 seconds