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LIFE LINE PROJECT is a project in the true meaning of the word. It is build around one musician, Erik de Beer, either playing all instruments himself or contracting all the necessary vocalists or players according to the needs of the work in progress.

Born in The Hague, Holland Erik started to play the guitar when he was 14 years old and keyboard at the age of 16. Right from the start his preference was symphonic rock. Erik started his studies at the conservatory for music in 1977 and finished them in 1983. He now works as a guitar & keyboard teacher. He started his first symphonic rock band J.S. QUASAR in 1975 in which he played both keyboards and lead guitar. After some short stays in several bands Erik founded keyboard-dominated power-rock trio BRANCARD in 1979. In 1982 he left BRANCARD to form ZOUNDWORKS with singer Ankie Jansen. Their music ranged from symphonic rock to jazz-rock. In 1985 ZOUNDWORKS was disbanded and it wasn?t until 1988 that LIFE LINE PROJECT was started.

With LIFE LINE PROJECT all instruments were played by Erik de Beer, while the vocals were taken care of by singer Anja Dirkzwager. The first 3 demo-tapes were recorded on 4-track, resulting in a less favourable sound quality. The music consisted of bombastic instrumental symphonic rock and some more light-footed melodic rock songs. In 1990 quality rose to 8-track and the epic albums The Journey & Duplo were recorded. These demo-tapes were highly acclaimed in the European rock-magazines. Duplo saw the birth of the homonymous logo Duplo decorating all LIFE LINE PROJECT-products.

In 1992 several works were re-mastered and transferred to CD-recordable. In 1993 The Final Word was recorded. This time the sound quality had improved a lot. In the meantime concerts had been given by a complete band, while some of the songs were recorded both on stage and in the studio with the live bands. In 1994 Anja Dirkzwager was replaced by Marion Stroetinga and in the period ?94-?95 some of the best LIFE LINE PROJECT-recordings were made, all on CD-recordable.

In the period 1996 - 2003 Erik founded the baroque orchestra TEMPESTA CONSORT with whom he recorded mainly unknown masterpieces of the baroque-period. He reworked old manuscripts to playable parts and then conducted the orchestra from the harpsichord or the chitarrone (a large lute) both on recordings and concerts.

In 2003 LIFE LINE PROJECT was brought back to life, from then on with a complete band and recordin...
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4.08 | 37 ratings
Beyond Time
1994
3.97 | 33 ratings
Time Out
1995
3.83 | 38 ratings
Modinha
2008
3.79 | 39 ratings
The Finnishing Touch
2009
4.05 | 42 ratings
The King
2009
3.90 | 59 ratings
Distorted Memories
2010
4.01 | 61 ratings
The Journey
2011
4.02 | 94 ratings
20 Years After
2012
4.19 | 66 ratings
Armenia
2013

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 Armenia by LIFE LINE PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.19 | 66 ratings

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Armenia
Life Line Project Symphonic Prog

Review by progpig66 (arnold)

5 stars Another great progalbum, heavily damaged by the purplefloydfish, waeguk, daemacho, evolver and marfish lot. In my opinion it takes lots of courage in these days to mention the genocide of over one and a half million Christians by the hands of an islamitic state. Today we have the sad tale of the Jazidi people in Iraq, murdered and persecuted by the henchman of IS, so I think nothing has been learned from the tragedy suffered by the Armenian people by the hands of the Young Turk government now almost 100 years ago.

Life Line Project have perfectly succeeded in capturing the desolation and sadness of this tragic event. The themes chosen are all suffused with feelings of melancholy and abandon. At the same time feelings of hope and resurrection are evoked. The deepest night is reached in "The March" with hammering drums accompanying a desolate and very dissonant mellotron theme, ending in a simple piano chord evoking resignation and hope. The vocals, by Marion Brinkman, are also well-chosen and sung emotionally, but introverted. Probably the most captivating song is "Exile" in which hope is expressed, sung simply but so beautifully over the accompaniment of a grand piano only. A new hope and a new existence are evoked in "Jerevan", a grand finale, full of jubilant keyboards.

The other compositions are all a welcome addition to the main composition. They all show the same warmth and emotion of both the music and the vocals. "Let Your OUtside Show Me" and the beautiful introverted "Moment" are masterpieces.

One can only hope, that the future will give us more peace and less hatred and murdering, but the present time makes my heart shrink and fill with fear of the future. It seems the world is getting madder every day. Meanwhile Life Line Project have delivered with "Armenia" a magnificent piece of progressive rock.

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4.19 | 66 ratings

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Armenia
Life Line Project Symphonic Prog

Review by PP(Patty)

5 stars The latest LIFE LINE PROJECT album is dealing with a very dramatic event, the mass killing of more than one million Armenians, almost hundred years ago in Turkey, during World War I. No surprise, that the music in the four part suite "Armenia", that concludes the album, sounds dramatic and desperate at some spots. Dramatic climax of the suite is part two "The March to Deir-Ez-Zor", a march during which so many perish and at the end of which the Armenians are exterminated like animals. The march, played with several snare drums and with very dissonant mellotron chords sounds chilling. Marion Brinkman is singing this one so great and makes you feel the tragedy and disaster. Still, there are so many beautiful and fantastic symphonic themes to enjoy, especially because feelings of hope and faith, that things may get better, are expressed in the music as well. The last part, describing the resurrection "Jerevan" gives us a jubilant Moog lead, which makes the heart of a true ELP-fan (like I am) go faster.

The album starts with 8 shorter compositions, all full of solid symphonic progressive themes. "Dans Le Ciel" (written in 1975) and "Let Your Outside Show Me" are two of my favourites. "Another Deadline" shows us the more virtuoso side of LLP with an unleashed Ludo de Murlanos on drums and some great guitar solos and some incredible Hammond & Moog solos by Erik de Beer. As always with LLP the woodwinds (flute, oboe & clarinet) are a welcome embellishment of the band sound!

PP (Patty)

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 The King by LIFE LINE PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.05 | 42 ratings

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The King
Life Line Project Symphonic Prog

Review by PP(Patty)

5 stars My favourite Life Line Project album: true 70's style symphonic rock with long instrumental passages, filled to the brim with beautiful themes, tempo changes and nostalgic keyboard sounds. Several woodwind instruments embellish the grand eloquent LLP sound.

The album starts with 4 shorter compositions of which I particularly liked the fantastic dynamic "Opening" and the more introverted "Dusk" which put you right back in the mid-seventies.

Title piece "The King" is almost 38 minutes long and tells us the dramatic and tragic events of a madman who wants bo be king and doesn't hesitate to abuse democracy and religion to reach his purposes. In the end he is killed without honour and all has been in vain. The music follows perfectly all stages of the rise and fall of the king, there is the dreamy landscape theme, the majestic main theme, reflecting the king, the gospel-like "The Chosen Ones" describing how religion can be used to mobilize a crowd to fight and a village party, full of medieval instruments with flutes, lutes, recorders and percussion instruments. Parts with bassoon, oboe, clarinet and flute are alternated with the densely arranged symphonic parts with solid keyboard parts and beautiful melodic guitar solos.

My favourite is "Doom", a fantastic & dramatic instrumental part, that sounds aggressive and sad at the same time. The album ends in quietness with the beautiful landscape theme.

PP (Patty)

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 The Finnishing Touch by LIFE LINE PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.79 | 39 ratings

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The Finnishing Touch
Life Line Project Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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2 stars ''The finnishing touch'' was the third official release by Life Line Project, written by Erik de Beer during a time he thought was dying of a terminal disease and featuring the same line-up with ''Modinha'' at the time of the recordings, which took place at de Beer's GitaarStudio between October 2007 and May 2009.The main music concept is based on a sad Finnish traditional song, reworked by de Beer, while parts of the composed material is credited to guitarist Jason Eekhout.Moreover a few tracks on the album date back to the days of Erik de Beer with his premature bands Brancard and Zoundworks.

According to de Beer, ''The finnishing touch'' belongs among the most jazzy efforts of the band.Actually the first few tracks contain strong Fusion touches in the guitar parts and, yes, some jazzy influences on the piano parts.I would say though that this was one of the most Neo Prog-sounding albums the band ever produced.Unlike ''Modinha'', ''The finnishing touch'' is heavily relying on de Beer's work on synthesizers, which are executed on flashy solos and very sharp interventions, but the true problem is that the album sounds very thin and ''plastic'' at moments, especially the drum parts and the orchestral keyboards sound extremely fake.There are still plenty of organ and piano runs in here, but the focus remains on synthesizers, bass and drums with an E.L.P.-kind of style mixed with melodic guitar touches.As the album is structured around Finnish Folk, there are also some folky references at moments with the acoustic guitars in evidence, which de Beer cleverly adapted in a Classical-like enviroment.The second half of the album is much stronger with a turn towards a FOCUS-like style, featuring dramatic guitar playing, smooth flute drives and more balanced use of keyboards.The overall sound recalls of acts such as ELEGANT SIMPLICITY, pretty much synthetic, struggling to offer its true symphonic atmosphere, fortunately the music is well-composed and a few tracks really stand out based on their grandiose sound.

A good Neo/Symphonic Prog album, which could have been even better if some instrumental parts did sound a bit more natural.Recommended to anyone who loves melodic, rich Prog Rock and does not care about a heavier dose of synths.

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 Armenia by LIFE LINE PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.19 | 66 ratings

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Armenia
Life Line Project Symphonic Prog

Review by Sawtooth (Jaws)

4 stars Another very nice album by the Dutch Life Line Project. With this sort of lesser known bands, everyone is immediately trying to make comparisons with other bands, but I think this is a band with an agreable and recognizable own sound. Gentle and warm sounding symphonic rock, full of beautiful melodic and harmonious themes. Those, who are out to discover revolutionary progressive rock, will get disappointed with this one, because Life Line Project are obviously aiming to present us that kind of more romantic symphonic rock, that had its heydays in the seventies.

Main ingredients of this characteristic LLP-sound, are the (often two-voiced) very melodic guitar leads, the intimate and pure voice of lead singer Marion Brinkman, the presence of a superior woodwind section, consisting of flute, oboe and clarinet and of course the omni present analogic keyboard sounds of Erik de Beer.

Main title is the four part suite Armenia, telling the moving story of the (never officially admitted) genocide on more than one and a half million Armenians during World War I. Part 1 is a well-balanced beautiful instrumental, which displays most main themes of the suite and in which the Grand Piano plays a major role. And containing a dark and sombre mellotron part, accompanied by several snare drums. Part 3 is an acoustic song, only accompanied by oboe and piano, in which a perfectly singing Marion expresses the hope on a rebirth of the Armenian people. The suite ends with a jubilant Moog dominatied finale.

Again a well-succeeded effort by Life Line Project & worth checking out!

Sawtooth.

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4.19 | 66 ratings

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Life Line Project Symphonic Prog

Review by Izabelle

5 stars One of my 2013 favourite albums! Beautiful and perfectly played melodic symphonic prog by the Dutch Life Line Project.

Songs like "Let Your Outside Show Me" and "Time" have all that personal & warm touch that are so typical for the LLP sound. The voice of Marion Brinkman blends perfectly with the beautiful song structures and melodic bass lines supplied by the band.

A song like "Dans le Ciel" has both a beautiful acoustic part, filled with sparkling acoustic and 12 string guitars, sustaining fine flute and oboe arrangements, and a solid & majestic symphonic part, full of melodic guitar leads and dramatic synth passages.

"Moment" is a short, but fantastic dreamy instrumental with some great flute and piano playing, accompanied by a flock of acoustic guitars.

Main title on the album is the four part suite "Armenia" dealing with the dramatic fate suffered by the Armenian people during World War I. A masterpiece of symphonic rock with perfectly balanced keyboard parts and beautiful, but emotionally sung vocals.

A great album!

Izabelle.

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4.19 | 66 ratings

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Armenia
Life Line Project Symphonic Prog

Review by Whistler

5 stars Real drums! No triggered samples, no electronic sounds, that's one of the first things that catches the ear when listening to Life Line Project's Ninth. It put me right back to the time of the great Keith Moon (my all time favourite drummer) and his almost uncontrolled but brilliant drumming. I don't know if it will please everyone, because it shows all irregularities of the sounds of acoustic drums in a time in which digital polishing and smoothing of sounds seems to be demanded by listeners. Great part of the music on Armenia however puts you right back in the seventies with huge analogue synth parts and roaring Hammonds, vintage guitars & all sorts of acoustic instruments, not in the least the distinctive woodwind section, consisting of flute, oboe & clarinet. The first song, "New Flight" is dedicated to the memory of Jon Lord and shows us a Marshall distorted roaring Hammond. I liked a lot the part in which Maron Brinkman sings the blues only accompanied by a hi-hat and some lower Hammond outbursts. "Another Deadline" shows us an unchained Ludo de Murlanos on drums, infallibly following all riffs and lead on both guitars and keyboards, all played by Erik de Beer. The only weak spot on the album, in my ears, is the short track "Injustice", which has more of an eighties feel, although I liked the Moog part in the middle. "Dans Le Ciel" with French lyrics was composed in 1975 and indeed it puts you right back to the glory days of progressive rock. Main title on the album is of course the 4 part suite ARMENIA, dealing with the terrible massacre the Armenians had to suffer during and short after World War One by the hands of the Turks. A genocide up to now never officially recognized, but which cost the lives of over one and a half million people. The music is great. An important role is filled by the grand piano, which both opens and closes the suite with a theme, that returns throughout the complete suite. The mood of the piece is often very oppressing and depressive. The March to Deir Ez Zor sounds cold and heartless with a stone cold mellotron and guitars, that seem to cry and just when despair grabs you, a mild and hope evoking gentle theme on piano and Moog brings relief. The third part, fully acoustic with only oboe, piano and a sensitive singing Marion, expresses the hope, that one day all will be better again, one of the most beautiful parts on the album, right before the exuberant finale Jerevan an almost Triumvirat-like finale with jubilant singing Moog leads over a super solid rhythm section. This album, which is a tribute to one of those horrible events, history tries to deny and forget, is probably Life Line Project's best album. The music sounds mature, the playing is great and Marion is at her best. If you don't mind a sound, that is so close to the seventies, you should try out this one! Whistler.

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4.19 | 66 ratings

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Armenia
Life Line Project Symphonic Prog

Review by oscillator11(J.M.)

5 stars Touching and moving album by Life Line Project

The massacre of over a million Armenians during World War One is the main subject of the new album by the Dutch Life Line Project. Still officially denied by the larger part of the world, Life Line Project wish to denounce this terrible and shameful page of the history of humanity and therefore they have dedicated their ninth album to the people of Armenia.

As you may expect, the main title, the four part suite, entitled "Armenia" deals with this genocide.

The Suite opens with the beautiful and touching main theme, played on the Grand piano. The first part is entirely instrumental and displays lots of beautiful and melodic themes with a main role for the keyboards (here lots of Moogs & Hammond can be enjoyed). The gloomy mood dominates part one of the suite. The darkest and most sombre part however, is part two, in which the story of the endless march towards death (in the Syrian city of Deir-Ez-Zor) is painfully described, both in words and music. The second part of this suite is a perfectly crafted piece of symphonic rock, with oppressive dissonants in the vocal parts, culminating in a dark march, played on several drums with again dissonant mellotron chords hovering above. This part also has beautiful and more warm sounding themes, because hope is never abandoned. Part 3 is an acoustic little gem, played by the oboe and piano only, affectingly sung by Marion Brinkman. Here the hope of a ressurrection of the Armenian people in a new state is expressed. The suite (and the album) concludes with an exultant and jubilant finale in which the Moogs of keyboard player Erik de Beer are celebrating the rebirth of the Armenian people in virtuoso and melodic solos over a solid rhythm section. The suite concludes with the main theme, again played on a lonesome Grand piano.

The rest of the album consists of well-conceived symphonic rock songs, all armed with beautiful guitar-leads and perfectly executed keyboard parts. The oboe and flute, combined with the many acoustic plucked instruments (lute, chitarrone, mandolin, 12 string guitar and so on) add to the warmth of the Life Line Project sound. I very much liked the French sung "Dans le Ciel", which alternates beautiful acoustic passages with massive sounding symphonic themes.

We are dealing with a lowbudget production here, so the sound might have been thicker, but the transparency of the recording makes you aware of every instrument and every detail played.

In fact, this is one of my favourite albums of 2013!

Oscillator.

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4.19 | 66 ratings

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Armenia
Life Line Project Symphonic Prog

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

5 stars A tribute to the forgotten victims of an horrendous genocide

After a year, keyboard wizard Erik de Beer and his band release a new album, this time dedicated to the valiant people of Armenia who suffered one of the most criminal massacres in hands of the Ottoman government of the Young Turks. This holocaust also called Medz Yeghern (Great Crime) ended with the deportation and death of an undetermined number of Armenian civilians calculated between 1.5 and 2 million. But to make it worst and due to the continuous denial of Turkey only 20 nations and 42 USA states have accepted to consider this massacre as a genocide, so this album is a tribute for victims that have been forgotten for almost a century.

But we are here to talk of music, so after this short introduction, let's return to the album.

Armenia is opened by the vibrant New Flight, a song that reminds me of ELP due to the fantastic keyboard pyrotechnics of Erik, but this time well supported by the strong vocals of Marion Brinkman who adds a jazzy touch. A breathtaking start for a great album.

Let Your Outside Show Me marks a dramatic contrast, this time the use of piano and acoustic guitar combined with a beautiful melody serve as a relax for the audience after the frenetic opener. The band is impeccable, but again I have to focus in Marion Brinkman, who demonstrates her versatility adding a sweet touch to enhance the music.

Another Deadline starts as pure rock with a brilliant Ludo de Murlanos in the percussion, but as the song progresses, the radical changes begin and Erik takes a more preeminent role with the keys. After this, you can expect anything with pompous and brilliant Moog passages interrupted by soft melodic sections.

I could go song by song, but would take hours, because I don't find a weak moment, so I will pass directly to the 'Piece of Resistance''The Armenia Suite, not without mentioning the incredibly beautiful Moment where the combination of acoustic guitars and keys, makes it memorable.

The suite is divided in four parts:

1.- Ararat (The Origin), a melodic and almost acoustic intro where the piano takes the lead, until Erik goes to his keyboards to add a nostalgic atmosphere blended with some sort of military march and an Emersonian fugue. Places the listener in the mood for the rest of the suite

2.- - Deir Ez Zor (The March) is so soft and sentimental that almost breaks my heart, but of course some strong dramatic moments reminds us of the terrible massacre. This time Marion Brinkman returns to her uncommon style that always puzzles me.

3.- Exile (Hope) continues in the vein of the previous, allowing the piano and vocals to replace the synths , again dramatic and heartbreaking.

4.- The album is closed by Jerevan (Resurrection), theperfect finale for an excellent album, everything a Proghead wants to listen is here.

I must admit that I'm a fan of the band, so it's hard to rate the album without looking as a fanboy, but honestly I believe this is the best LIFE LINE PROJECT release, or at least in the level of Distorted Memories, which I considered a 5 stars work, so I will have to go with the same rating.

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 The Finnishing Touch by LIFE LINE PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.79 | 39 ratings

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The Finnishing Touch
Life Line Project Symphonic Prog

Review by Sawtooth (Jaws)

5 stars Excellent instrumental album built around a simple, but touching Finnish folksong. This folksong is appearing and re-appearing in all sorts of arrangements and settings and dominates this album of the Dutch Life Line Project. A beautiful overture in a subdued mood, a subtle duet by a piano and oboe, a guitar and flute version, a classic jazz version with acoustic guitars and a very dynamic and a catchy folk metal version are all based on this simple Finnish song, a perfect leitmotiv!

In between there are instrumentals in several styles, but always linking in with progressive rock. Brillantly executed compositions, "Tricky Dicky Finds The Rainbows End", "Attical Problems" and "Theme Of James The Rover" are a flirt with jazz rock, while "I Miss You More" and the very beautiful "Desire" (great oboe part!!) present a more melodic symphonic rock. "Without Tears"even shows a touch of latin.

All arrangements are very detailed and well made, the sound may be a bit thin, but shows all details of the music and does justice to the perfection of the arrangements.

Sawtooth.

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