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Multinational project CORVUS STONE more or less came to be in the spring of 2012 following a series of chance encounters between musicians on social networks, Facebook first and foremost. With a helping hand by dedicated music fan and musician friend Sonia Mota, a common denominator in the virtual friends lists of all the musicians and others involved in the project along the way.

The initial core of this project was Colin Tench, Petri Lemmy Lindström and Pasi Koivu however, with Colin Tench lending some guitar work to one of Pasi Koivu's compositions the first action that lead to a series of reactions that saw Lindström getting involved and the trio in a matter of a few weeks suddenly finalizing a handful of compositions for the sheer fun of it. It was about that time that they collectively realized that they all had a new band project going. Koivu is the main composer of the threesome. Lindström will make the occasional foray into these territories too, while Tench caters for production and arrangements.

As the project evolved a few more people got involved. Another chance encounter saw Blake Carpenter joining the ranks as vocalist and occasional lyricist. As he joined pretty late in the process his input was limited this time around. Another late addition to the band was drummer Robert Wolff, and while he managed to add a few details to the Corvus Stone debut album the majority of his contributions as a band member will be heard on future occasions.

Corvus Stone self-titled debut album was digitally released in the fall of 2012, with a CD edition following shortly after.

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4.21 | 143 ratings

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Review by Ier

5 stars I was already blown away by the first album. When I heard Corvus Stone I was thinking "These guys must be probably on 3 different kinds of drugs". So much energy, so much chaos, and much awesomeness!! Now, listening to their second album, I need to rephrase my thoughts, these guys are not on 3 different kinds of drugs, but on 7, at least!

The track "Early Morning Call" reminds me of the The Doors. Not only the organ, but the complete ambiance and the waltzing melodies. "Scandinavians in Mexico" makes me want to dance until my feet starts to hurt!

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Review by friso
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2 stars Corvus Stone - II (2014)

This album has made quite a name in a short time on progarchives, so I wass excited to have a chance to listen to it. The music of Corvus Stone was offered to me for free with a kind request to write a review on PA.

This is quite obviously a band with talented musicians with a great love for the progressive rock genre. Most of the material is instrumental and loaded with solo's of guitar and keyboard. The band has a down to earth sound, keeping the symphonic elements in check. There's a list of guest vocalists, but all sound dull and uninspired to my ears. On Corvus Stone's best moments the compositions remind me a bit of the better work of neoprog group Arena (a personal favorite), exciting symphonic landscapes with heavy rockguitars.

Yet there is a key difference; the composions of Corvus Stone are never more then the sum of the parts. I can't find one single moment of musical storytelling or a shot at song- or epicbuilding. Perhaps the song 'Eternal Earth' counts as the only exception. So many great musical ideas, but I can't find a vision or a concept whatsoever. Furthermore, on many moments the almost chaotich musical landscapes are made up of elements that don't always fit together that well stylisticly and melodicly. Sometimes parts of compositions sound like the product of computerised randomness. The question just keeps arising, what are these guys trying to achieve? What does it mean?

Conclusion. There isn't a single track I really liked on this album, which is confusing because there's a lot to like about this second Corvus Stone record. I guess this band could make a masterpiece in the future if they would find an extra bandmember with a musical vision and oversight. This second record is however pretty meaningless, so I'll give it two stars.

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Review by rdtprog
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4 stars To give a better idea of what is Corvus Stone's music here, i would have to do a track by track review, because the songs are very different from one to the other and covers a lot of musical style. The use of the Hammond organ and the classic rock style of songs with some psychedelic tones give a retro sound feeling to the music, but the way the band succeed to shape every song with some nice melodies and many progressive twists is very unique. The instrumentation is rich and the numerous vocals style in every songs add something new to the whole music. "Scandinavians in Mexico" show some exotic influence taken from Santana's book. "Purple Stone" show a more straightforward classic rock influence with a 5 seconds copy of song from some artist you'll recognize. There is some instrumental and interlude songs that reveals some nice atmosphere like the classical arrangement with the flute and the piano in the song "Lisa has a Cigar". And some of those funny or peculiar title songs make me think that this band has a sense of humor, or want to tell the world that you can't label their music. The longest track with Sean Filkins "Moaning Lisa" would make you think instantly to the music of Big Big Train, which is not a bad thing. I really enjoy the crescendo build in the song "Mystery Man" that start with in a light symphonic mood and switch to a heavier and darker ending. I am sure many will enjoy this album, because it covers a lot of influences from the past into something new that only this band can do.

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Review by Yolanda

5 stars If you like singalong songs, don't read further. You won't find it on this album. But if you'd like to be surprised and expect the unexpected, go ahead. I will guide you through the album, not with name droppings (although there will be a few), but by telling you which feelings every song give to me. And maybe you will feel the same. Because isn't it that why we love music? If you can't feel anything when you hear a track, it isn't worth for me listening to it.

The Simple Life: Good morning to everyone: the only thing that I miss is toast and eggs. This is a song you would like to hear every morning! It brings you in such a good mood! Great opener of a stunning album.

Early Morning Call: epic! Not easy to describe which feelings it gives, because it's a blend of so many sensations. I picture myself dancing in a big dance hall surrounded by elves. I see majestic mountains and flying eagles. Heavenly beautiful, and it gets peppered by the undeniable Tench guitar sound.

Boots For Hire: this is a cover from Murky Red's track on their album 'Time Doesn't Matter', sung by the Murky Red frontman himself, Stef Flaming. He also plays guitar on it. That dark melody brings a sinister atmosphere, makes your heart beating much faster, crawls on your back, and is brilliantly performed by the Corvus Stoners. One of my favorites on this album for sure.

Sneaky Entrance Into Lisa: too short. But that's their purpose. Corvus Stone likes to tease. This band is known for their use of humour, and doing the opposite of what people expect. You get draged into this beautiful music piece and then it stops. You only have the time to think: 'Who is Lisa and where is her entrance?'

Purple Stone: fasten your seatbelts! It starts with the sound of an engine followed by screech of wheels, and then it gets launched into a fast forward track. Wolff's drumwork thunders throughout the song. Suddenly you hear 'Nobody's gonna take my car'; did I already mention that they use lots of humour?

A Stoned Crow Meets The Rusty Wolff Rat: I bow for Petri, their brilliant bassist. Many rhythm changes. Normally such track would drive me mad. This one doesn't. The Stoners play with boundaries and go far. And when you think 'no way' they change it to 'yes please'. Many small but significant details make that you want to hear it over and over again. Imagine that you would miss one detail!

Lisa Has A Cigar: correct me if I'm wrong, but I immediately make the liaison between a cigar and Lisa's entrance. Or I have a dirty mind. Also too short. The baroque influences make me think of a Lady and Lord entering the big hall of a royal palace, bending their heads towards the other guests. Skilful piano work from Pasi. More of this!

Mr Cha Cha: Tench's guitar calls you, leads you to a place where no man has gone before. Majestic solos, killing Wolff's drum hits, a track with balls, and also one of my favorites. Many many influences but such a unique sound. I take my hat off for these musicians!

Dark Tower: the intro has such a lovely piano tingle from Mr. Jingle known as Pasi. Corvus Stone love the use of strange noises, and they use it a lot in here. Melancholic sound of Tench's guitar. When you hear Blake Carpenter singing 'It's in his final hour' with such a persuasion, you truly hope that the worst ain't going to happen and that the Black Tower won't be this person's final destiny.

Scandinavians in Mexico: Yeah, I love the percussion from Victor Tassone and Sean Filkins. Come on, let's go to Mexico! Grab your sombrero and don't forget the tequila. This song gives me such a holiday - Miami Vice feeling, which has nothing to do with Mexico, but so do Scandinavians. Everything is possible, just use your imagination.

Mystery Man: The intro could be a topper as movie sound track. And then it changes. Short flashes of a man on a mule, shaking up and down in the sun. Some Latin sounds. Then a Led Zeppelin feeling. Or Deep Purple? You'll get everything on your plate.

Camelus Bactrianus: this title! I had an incredible laugh when I read this for the first time. Genius! Nutty! It still makes me laugh. I won't write the Finnish version of the title, because I would make a fool of myself. The lyrics are in Finnish too, I don't understand one word of it, but I don't care. They fit the song as a glove. This track makes me think on the dark middle ages. Vikings (although they were/are not from Finland). Again one of my favorites!

Uncle Shunkle: strange rhythm changes, but Corvus Stone are known for that. I don't have an uncle who would be compatible with this track. But if I had such one, he probably would be stoned as hell. The Stoners are again brilliant in their own, contrary way.

Eternal Universe: majestic use of voices, accompanied and alternated with awesome instrumental pieces of music.

Moaning Lisa: Here's Lisa again. Finally passed the entrance, and a landscape unfolds before my eyes. Passing green fields and grey dunes to arrive at the sea. It rains slightly. When I think on Lisa's entrance and cigar I didn't expect this outcome, this big melancholic feeling. This track reminds me on Blackmore's Night, although that baroque sound is definitely Corvus Stone.

Campfire: very suitable title. The onliest thing I understand from the lyrics in fact. But it's not just a track such as when you were 14, sitting with your friends around the campfire and singing Halli Hallo. The track reminds you on campfire, but is so much more. Simply beautiful.

To end this long review: I didn't mention all the guest singers, because there are at least 7 different voices, but kudos to all of them!

I rated this album with five stars. Why? Well, if music has so much originality, humour, skilful instrumentals and wayward approach, it deserves this rating.

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Review by Baronet

5 stars Melodies Melodies. Prog with passion and real tunes. That is what this album is! I am here to review a VERY melodic album with 7 singers (I counted). I am too lazy to join a new site and review anything but was shocked into coming here as I read a review saying "a horrible voice". Which of the 7 was horrible? Thought I was reading about the wrong album in fact. I have the CD and have followed the band all year on Facebook with their cartoon style blogs and clips but still was amazed when I heard the actual album. They gave very little in the way of clues. Only slowly releasing the names of Sean Filkins and Phil Naro etc. Then wham! All at once, the remaining 65 minutes of the album sounded nothing like the 15 minutes they had released already. I suggest trying Early morning call, Boots for hire and Scandinavians in Mexico and then you will be hooked. If you(like me) enjoy something more progressive, try just about every other track on the album. If, as they said on their website, you like Pink Floyd, buy a Pink Floyd album! I love the humour. Long live Corvus Stone and their music. It is incredible. What is a masterpiece anyway? I have no idea but I like music that keeps me wanting to play it. This does that, so is perfect. Maybe even a masterpiece then!

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Review by ProggyDon

1 stars I was recommended to listen to this album and that I would like it as I like quite a bit of prog. Well, I managed to get through it all and all I can say is never again! This did nothing for me and in fact I found it quite dire. Horrible voice, lots of fiddly show off guitar and to much stop and starting for my liking.

I like music with a good tune and something that you can sing along to but I couldn't find one good melody here. I usually manage to find something good to say about a new album, but I'm struggling with this one. I'm very glad I didn't buy this album and I will not be recommending it to anyone.

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Review by Scottyboy

5 stars I said I would buy any follow up to Corvus Stone II unheard and did. Although Scandanavians in Mexico appeared as a video months before and that alone was a convincer! I have seen "History of Prog in one album" referred to somewhere and although that may be pushing the point, it is one surprise after another as it keeps taking new turns right to the end. This has all the elements that I loved about album one but has more power and some great singers this time. This stands out from the crowd and is pure fun all the way. Uncle Shunkle is a jazzy track I keep going back to. I love the bass player! Moaning Lisa and Eternal Universe are masterpieces to me. Having a party? Then Scandanavian's in Mexico could be played on repeat the whole night! Corvus Stone 2 beats the first album and that was never what I expected. Pure Joy!

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Corvus Stone a multi national band with talented musicians formed around 2012 and releasing so far 2 albums. The newest is named simply II issued this year 2014. Responsable for what is to be heared here is Koivu the keybordist who managing to come with a pleasent album, constructed on same coordonates as previous album and with same attitude. There are many type of prog elements here, from crossover prog to spacey moments not far from Hawkwind fame special on piece Boots of hire, neo prog partscombined with more symphonic ones, but the result is quite ok, even far from great, at least to my ears. The re are some good pieces as one I've mentioned Boots of hire , instrumental "candinavians in Mexico and few more. Aswell there are some invited guests as Blake Carpenter from The Minstr's Ghost, Sean Filkins,Phil Naro from Druckfarben , German Vergara from Aisles or Victor Tassone from United Past. All in all a well rounded album, good in many parts, specially the first half of the album is better then the second for sure, but as I said is far from masterpiece status as many pretend to be, really. 3 stars , maybe rounded to 3.5 in places. Intresting art work.

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Review by Argonaught

3 stars Corvus Stone is among those CDs that I bought, listened to, but couldn't get emotionally involved enough to form a coherent opinion or to write a review.

However, lately there has been quite a bit of buzz about Corvus Stone and some of its members, so I thought it wouldn't be inappropriate to weigh in so as to add my take on this interesting band and its first album.

The first impression: the very pleasant cover art by the talented Ms. Sonia Mota (who has already immortalized herself in the hearts and minds of the PA collabs). It's such a shame Corvus Stone is not available on vinyl; I'd buy it for the album art only (unless they ask more than $20.00).

The following impressions aren't quite as positive. Overall, it feels like a series of studio demos by a bunch of reasonably competent players, meant to demonstrate their music-makingl skills. None of the 21 tracks feels like a self-sufficient, whole "song" in the prog sense. Which makes them somewhat boring.

The singing is kind of average, but that's the unfortunate characteristic of very many prog albums. Thankfully, the album is largely instrumental, which kind of mitigates the damage, done by its mediocre vocals. The musicianship, as noted above, is OK, but not outstanding.

Style-wise, Corvus Stone is kind of demo-like as well: it's like the musicians are saying, See, we can play a little bit of this and a little bit of that. As an album, Corvus Stone doesn't seem to be going anywhere particular, other than announcing the new band to the public.

If not for the album art, this would be 2.5 stars.

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Review by Argonaught

3 stars Corvus Stone (the band) has been around since 2012, and they haven't wasted much time: the Corvus Stone II is already their second album.

They are, however, still wasting an awful lot of sonic space. I wrote about their first album that it was like a collection of demos, recorded by the musicians to illustrate their ability to pull off riffs and keep the rhythm. This current album does project a somewhat higher level of sophistication comparing to the first one, so it would be appropriate to describe the songs as "Etudes" rather than just demos.

Poetically, I could say that Corvus Stone II has many facets, but it kind of lacks its own, unique face? Geez, that doesn't sound too poetical either :(

The only track that felt like a real song by a real songwriter was the #12, where the (presumably) Finnish lyrics overlay the dreary melody lines in a natural and synergistic way, which is great (authentic = double-plus good, no matter what) - even if the song turns out to be a little depressing and tedious to fully enjoy.

The rest of the album, well, it might have been written and played computers. I have now listened to the 80 minutes the "etudes" for at least 3 times and I couldn't make an emotional connection to any part of it (except the #12). I don't actively like or dislike the CS II, because I am somehow not finding on this album anything I could experience an emotional reaction to.

Let's wait for Corvus Stone III: something is telling me that this band, once they have made it past their demo/etude stage of development, can come up with a really great album. They do seem to be talented and motivated enough to do so. I'll be on lookout for their new album in 2015 or 2016.

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