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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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Review by Lute

5 stars Hands down one of the best albums I have heard in years. Instant love tracks for me were Moustaches in Massachussetts, Scary Movie, Lost and found and Corvus Stone. After having this for months now, I realised that the apparent easy listening tracks are actually brilliant. Many progressive albums all blurr in to one these days. Many are good but really don't stand the test of time. All a bit too perfect and a bit too like 100 other albums. Many older classic albums, even now, sound like one offs, imperfect but inspired. Often they tend to be first or second albums by bands that later became the legends that we all know. This is one of those albums. It is a monster!

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Review by Angelo
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4 stars It took a while...

...before I got around to writing a review for this album. A bit over 14 months ago, I got a copy through valued ProgArchives member Kati, who did the art work for the album. Across these 14 months, I've played the album a number of times - at home, in my car, even at night in a tent in Slovenia. Every time, I heard something new, in this interesting melting pot of music. Some folk like things, some Marillion, Pink Floyd, but also the occasional 1970's Deep Purple or Free riff.

Wonderful, but at the same time requiring you to really listen in order to be able to enjoy it - there is so much going on, and not everything is as easy to grasp casually. The album is a so varied that it gets hard to describe everything - so I'll refrain from that. Instead, let me point out that the musicians who joined project leader Colin Tench on this album are amongst the best on their respective instruments, that the compositions are truly prog worthy and I only `realised on the third spin that the album was not fully instrumental.

All in all, a prog journey worth taking, best experienced on a warm summer night, in front of a tent in Slovenia.

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Review by Matti
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3 stars This multi-national group came together almost by accident, starting from a chance meetings on Facebook. The music is written by the Finnish keyboardist Pasi Koivu, who is on PA also as a solo artist. The British guitarist Colin Tench is known from Ocean 5 (among others), and like the album of that group - or project - , also this one has the nice cover art by Sonia Mota. Very barbeque-flavoured cover, but the music has many spices as well. It's mostly instrumental, adventurous, playful and joyful, sometimes like jazzy rock'n'roll; musicians are audibly enjoying themselves. 21 tracks is a lot, and it comes as no surprise that not all of them are very thoroughly thought. The nature of the compositions is sometimes close to a happy jam session. Here and there it's flirting eclectically with various music genres from country rock to avant-garde, etc, without ever getting very difficult listening.

'Ice King' is an atmospheric vocal song, sung gloomily by Blake Carpenter. 'Corvus Stone' is a long intrumental and among the highlights with a progressive tendency and beautiful, melodic playing. And so is 'Cinema' (10:50). 'Moron Season' is another vocal song, starting like a tender Camel ballad but soon turning into a fast and tight track. The riff from 'Smoke on the Water' appears for a moment, and the album has several such little surprises. It's up to the listener how valuable they are.

'Pilgrims' is a slow track... no, it isn't. Hmm, this sums up the major problem with this album. It is too full of everything, restless to build on various moods without a hurry. There's not much of cohesion, like several reviewers before me have already pointed out. In the end, I can't exactly say how much I'm impressed. Halfway the album I'm actually losing my concentration. The playing and production are both excellent and there are myriads of fine musical ideas, but sadly they mostly result as very short and artistically a bit pointless and half-baked tracks. Surely some further self-criticism and thinking of the album continuity would have improved it. More of Corvus Stone music is already being made (they felt that the CD maximum length of 80 minutes is way too little), and I'm looking forward to hear it. Hopefully they have a little more patience to really work things out next time.

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Review by admireArt

3 stars The best is yet to come, I hope.

Corvus Stone first, 2012, release "Corvus Stone", has a lot of good things going for it and the "normal" ones against. Good things like extraordinary and disciplined performances, against self-indulgence (a drum solo, really?). Good "rooted influences", that are hardly visited, because in time, they lasted only, a "couple" of years. These roots of course, can be "detected" in early Deep Purple, but mainly in the "non-blues", or "white americana" native music. Coming the same as the blues, from the "fields", it has an authentic own musical language and structure. These "roots" appeared again in the popular music of the 60s, which extended to all its forms. Rockers saw in these "structures", forms of de-constructing the 4x4 beat, with different approaches. In this "fragment" of time, the USA saw its RnR turn to the "raunchy" Prog USA manufactured, style. This fragment of time brought upon "prog-oriented" bands which were also powerful "rockers". Eventually it all came to today's "mainstream" Prog, that has pervaded its way through Prog and its sub-genres, with its caravans of followers.

Corvus Stone, takes from that fragment of time, and acts a whole play. Proving to anyone that they are Top Players. Now and Next, they have to absorb all the Alice Cooper ( whose first works are even RiO), Grand Funk, Creedence, early DP (and jokingly or not, the 'Smoke on the Water" riff, is fun, but also proves what I'm talking about), Led ZEP (their solos), Neil Young, etc,etc, influences.

Once they do this, because it is clear they, I repeat, are top performers, (that just like that are in this PA page,with an only album addition), something else would have been the story.

But first, to play in these "PA big leagues", you have to learn the "Golden Rule"

"NEVER TO SACRIFICE THE WHOLE FOR A PART". (not only the solo, more than one song, could have been omitted).

Once these guys absorb all their non-blues/roots, and polish their OWN musical language to make it work for them, and not otherwise, they could turn something better, than mere-good musical compositions with virtuous performances.

For now, ***3 "original sources and great performances" PA stars.

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Review by kev rowland
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3 stars My understanding is that this band came about when the three main musicians, Colin Tench (guitars), Petri Lemmy Lindström (bass) and Pasi Koivu (keys) found each other through Facebook, and they recorded most of the album before some other members came into the fold, which is one of the reasons why it is mostly instrumental. Before I started writing this review I thought that I would have a perusal of what others have been saying about it on PA. I don't normally look until afterwards as I don't want to be influenced by others, but I was intrigued to understand just how much of a minority I was going to be in. And yep, there are a lot of people who really like this and it is currently #33 in the Top 2012 charts. But, there are also quite a few people who feel the same as me, which is that it is perhaps a little too disjointed and fractured at times for its' own good. I have no idea how the songs were written, but we can go from crossover prog to something that is far more intricate and Zappa-like to sometimes go through fusion and into RIO, which definitely can make it confusing for the listener.

There is no doubt that the three of them are wonderful musicians, with Petri providing some incredible fretless bass lines, Pasi having a wonderfully delicate touch, and Colin being an amazing guitarist, no matter what style they are working on, but it doesn't always work. At one point I was reminded of the story Rick Wakeman told of him telling every member of his band that they were going to start with a different song the next night, so when they all started playing it wasn't exactly what was expected. Each of them was a professional but none of them were working together and that was the feeling I had here, but on only some of the songs, and that is why I found this an incredibly frustrating album to listen to.

It is very long for a single CD, a fraction under 80 minutes, and there are times when this is nothing short of sheer genius, but there are others when the listener just shakes his head and asks what one earth is going on. I have to confess that I smiled when I heard the snippet of "Smoke On The Water: inside "Moron Season", and again when "Oh Well" turned up inside "Scary Movie", and the latter is one of the standout songs on the album for me as it could easily have come from the masters of horror prog themselves, the mighty Goblin. The more I played this album the more I liked it, but consequently also the more I felt that there were some things wrong with it. I mean, a drum solo on a studio album in 2012? Come on, we weren't that fond of them in the Seventies (unless you were John Henry Bonham of course).

I had a long hard think about the grading I gave to this album, as there are many times when it is at least 4*, and others when I can only give it 2* at best, so 3* is probably fair. But, if I put this onto my ipod and only played the songs I liked then it would be 4/5. So, this is one when it really does pay to listen to it before purchase so give it some plays on Bandcamp and then either download or pick up the CD that contains a 16 page booklet.

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Review by Tony Cragg

5 stars CORVUS STONE The Curtain Rises on a bright opening to a recording takes you into a bazaar in another country, uplifting instrumental that only lasts 1 minute 33 seconds but lets you know that you have started listening to Corvus Stone.

OCTOBER SAD SONG a wonderful instrumental track that is filled with a cocktail of musical styles that satisfies every musical taste. The start of the track places you on a precipice overlooking a massive landscape of musical notes turning to see a highwayman riding his horse hat tilted to one side he dismounts his horse taking water at a nearby stream. Yes this is a strange way of describing the track but this is how it makes me feel wearing my headphones I hear every nuance placed very carefully in this masterpiece of music, the keyboards swell and fall like an eagle on the wing the guitar plays out a melody that draws you along allowing you to take in every note. The drum track keeps pace with the highwayman's horse pulling you in to the music's colourful core.

HIGHWAY TO EMPTINESS Corvus Stone pull you out onto a long hard road making you walk its entire length, making you swing your arms with every chord change on the screaming guitar. The Guitarist is almost making fun of you, coaxing you to move faster, until you find your destination of emptiness.

ICE KING Watch out for this man, the Ice King, he will make you succumb to his weary ways, a wonderful track of colours and patterns of magic music that fills your very being with warmth, but take care the melodic voice of the Ice King will get you and vanish you away.

I'LL LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND A very jazzy number that hits the ears with a smack then gets the old foot tapping, I find myself tapping on my desk with my hands. It is fun that makes a smile come on your face.

CORVUS STONE after hearing the sample of this track I actually miss Colin's narrative, but hey you can't have everything you want. The track starts of very calm drawing you in then at the right moment pulls you into an almost Lord of the Rings moment with skirmishes of guitar and keyboards the drums simulate hits of swords and shields. (When I say Lord of the Rings I mean Bo Hanson's musical version) The guitar in this slows to a wonderful stop the keyboards burst into life giving you a feel of a person running for their life, failing to escape the onslaught, finally dying on their own on a bed of dead leaves in a forest clearing with the sun beaming down on their body. The magician comes into the clearing taking the body to the river and placing it onto a boat and setting fire.

MORON SEASON the vocals on this one give you something to think about while you are getting a grips with the instrumental which is truly mind blowing to the ears. Every note has been put in the right place. If you have missed this, put it on headphones and see what I mean. I love the way the instruments answer themselves.

HORIZON 'Please take me home' comes to mind when I hear this track although it is a little gem, wonderful use of the keyboards tweeting in your ears bouncing back and forth, the use of the Wah is great.

INTERMISSION here we sit awaiting the next track, for 40 seconds then, ah, this is Moustaches and Massachusetts which bursts into your ears making you hum to yourself a real runner of a track that is drawn along by the rhythm track nice use of keyboards here. Colin's use of high notes I like gives it almost a Mexican feel but then it changes to something more urban. It's flowery interludes earlier on are really lovely, ending with a single snare drumming.

PILGRIMS A lovely guitar heavy track that has something in there for every prog music lover. The drums singled out I like as I like the drums, each instrument has been placed perfectly in this track the guitar harmonies are special, the melodic keyboard hits the mark making it a special event.

JUSSI PUSSI What can you say, I think this is homage to 'Monty Python' which is one of Colin's favourite comedies, fantastic fun using every sound they can concoct. It is a cacophony of wonderful sounds. The title is not rude as it is a type of cake or bread in Sweden, cos I looked it up. The instruments are fun and the clunk ending, homage to the Python team.

IRON PILLOWS This track almost certainly at first sounds just like a cacophony of sounds all put together, but listen harder and you will get the point of it, some really nice instrumental sections to this. There is a melody but do listen to find it. I really like the randomness of the sections that do build up to a fantastic jazzy whole.

AFTER SOLSTICE A rich guitar sound takes us into a lovely colourful track that gives the feeling of warmth. The track iterates some of the passages gone before on this track but then that adds to the fullness of the piece. All of the players go full out at one point only to slow down to calm us down again. I see a flowery meadow while listening to this track making me feel I am young again playing amongst the long grass of my youth.

THE RUSTY WOLF ATTACK Nice this with the drums and percussion, you very rarely hear any drum solo's anymore. It got my foot and hands tapping on the floor and keyboard.

LOST AND FOUND The last track moves into this one giving a very military feel at first. The keyboard section is beautiful and Blake's voice complements the instrumental, which then moves into, SCARY MOVIE Now I always liked this from an early section of track that I heard somewhere (lol) All the instrumental sections instil an uncertainty that is what a scary movie does, you are always looking forward to the next bit to see if you jump or are scared, but don't forget, look behind you.

CINEMA Yes you are sitting in the cinema waiting for the main feature to start and up it comes, the trailers for the new films, they come on dynamic and full of life. Well this track gives you the same feeling with many twists and turns, delivering you to your seat where you await your film to begin.

YOU'RE SO WRONG This track gives a warm feeling, the vocals are soothing with the instruments, they melt together like chocolate on a warm surface. The backing vocals give it a fuller feeling. The keyboards are subtle but necessary. Till finally it melts into the distance.

THE ICE KING (Instrumental) This has a whole new dimension, although I like Blakes vocals this on its own allows the instruments so shine forth giving it an almost Star Trek backing track. The wailing of the guitar mixed with the keyboard gently running along. The gentle rhythm of the drums carries the whole piece to the end where we meet..

TEN INCH LISA A very short track that sweetens the air rounds up the whole album as quickly as it started.

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Review by Silenceoffer

5 stars Found a short version of Cinema on the new progstravaganza album and was reminded to buy the album at last. I already saw the Purple Stone video, tho that is not one of the tracks on here. This album is just stunning! It bears no relationship to most of what is released os progressive these days. Maybe more related to what was popular 40 years ago and that is a very welcome sign. These guys never stop for a rest. The changes and journey through various genres could be quite alarming to mere mortals. When I hear so many bands playing safe and doing what they assume will sell well. Favourite track? It keeps changing! Just buy it.

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Review by Scottyboy

5 stars I heard the ice King and was amazed. I Never heard of this band before I heard that on youtube and now I wonder if there is any limit to what music there is nowadays. Frost, Comedy of errors, Kotobel. All new to me. The great thing with all of these and more, is that there is always something that grabs you by the balls and a lot of music that is rather odd sounding on the same album. Perfect. Enjoy and learn at the same time. I recommend taking a listen to Cinema loud and if that doesn't grab you, go to the doctor. This album is stunning. I will buy the next album unheard and I rarely do that with any band, especially the old guard.

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Review by AndresGuazzelli

5 stars 'Corvus Stone'. Wow. What a difficult album to review. Not only because of its sheer length (1 hour and 20 minutes), but because it can't really be labeled in any genre. Is it prog? Yes. Is it jazz? Yes. Pop? Check. Rock? Check. Blues? Also check.

While there isn't really a sense of continuity or a concept usually found on prog albums, one must ask oneself: Does it really matter? The music is flawless, cleverly arranged and marvelously executed. Is it all over the place? Perhaps, but that's the beauty of Corvus Stone: It is so eclectic that it can please even the toughest crowds.

I've been a hardcore Bunchakeze fan since its release in early 2011, and Colin Tench is a hard guy to keep up with: 5 known bands, and many others we may have never heard of. That's a lot of music to listen to, and when I first heard of the release of a new album from a whole new band, I just HAD to get it.

There seems to be some sort of obscure alchemy surrounding these guys. First, what impressed me is how LITTLE time they needed to make an 80 minutes album. And second, how can so much stuff be going on at the same time? But somehow they pull it off. Pasi Koivu's eclectic keyboards seem to compliment Petri Lindström's high-octane bass playing, and Colin Tench's sometimes furious, sometimes mellow guitar just perfectly.

Robert Wolff on drums and Blake Carpenter (you may remember him from Minstrel's Ghost) step up and put the icing on a very ambitious cake.

Must-be-listened tracks: 'Highway to Emptiness', 'Ice King', 'Corvus Stone', 'Pilgrim's, 'Iron Pillows', and of course, Corvus Stone's showstopper: 'Cinema'

Corvus Stone is definitely a band to keep an eye on. God knows what is next in their future, but one can only be sure that it is going to have a lot (and I mean A LOT) of Music.

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Review by richardh
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4 stars I've had this rather nice album for a while now but perhaps held off reviewing it until the music had settled in my mind. Although classed as 'crossover' in general terms this is eclectic instrumental music played by a very talented bunch of musicians. The core line up is: - Pasi Koivu / keyboards - Colin Tench / guitars - Petri Lemmy Lindstr'm / bass, various instruments although 4 others also help out in various other departments.

In total there are 21 tracks and the 79 minutes is 'beefy' even by modern standards. You might reasonably expect some filler but to my ears there is none. Although mostly instrrumental there aren't any tracks that are filled with aimless soloing. There is a vision here and every single peice is a proper composition not something that has just been chucked out. You get a feeling of evolution throughout the album but also its a journey with many sights to take in along the way. Lots of influences are apparent but nothing sticks out a mile. Its pleasantly jazzy at times but the synths help to create atmosphere where necessary.The playing is snappy and energetic and most of all a sense of fun pervades the whole project.

A lot of people have remarked that this lacks a coherence and I can understand that view but debut albums are about discovery not about laying down a definite agenda. Perhaps not a masterpeice but this album is as enjoyable as anything I have heard in the last few years and there is probably more to come. A slam dunk 4 stars.

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