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P.J. SHADOWHAWK

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An American drummer and occasionally multi-instrumentalist, PJ Shadowhawk's early music roots can be found in one of the last GABRIEL BONDAGE line-ups around late-70's, when he participated in the recordings of a third but yet unreleased album by the group. Since then he worked with several club and show bands, including Apocalypse, Fury, Breakwater, Touch, TAZ, Omega Prime, The Honkytonk Band, Bankshot and Amberjack, while he also composed music for theatre, T.V. and Motion Pictures. Fast forward, in 2006, he joined the revived British Neo Progsters QUASAR on drums, but three years later, as he suffered from Lupus, his physical abilities were limited and parted ways with the band during the summer of 2009. After returning to Suisun City, California though his love for music led him to compose and perform his own material under the title ''Land of dreams'', a work released in 2010, influenced by British legends such as GENESIS, MARILLION and PENDRAGON.

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3.14 | 7 ratings
Land Of Dreams
2010
3.61 | 14 ratings
Nevereverland
2014

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 Nevereverland by SHADOWHAWK, P.J. album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.61 | 14 ratings

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Nevereverland
P.J. Shadowhawk Neo-Prog

Review by spacefolk

4 stars P.J. SHADOWHAWK is at first glance a drummer; however it has developed during the years of the talents with keyboards and guitar. It has been part of several formations including QUASAR, perhaps the most well known mainly because of the presence of some members of LANDMARQ (Tracy HITCHINS, Dave WAGSTAFFE and Uwe D.ROSE). He has also participated in several projects related to television and film. 2009 is a difficult year for P.J. disease the force to stop the music for a time. Here we move ahead fast and we find P.J. in 2010, year where he released his first solo album «Land of Dreams», it is relatively well received by critics. With 2014 already started its half, P.J. presents his new album "NeverEverLand".

Even if he can play all the instruments, the multi-instrumentalist is assisted by several other musicians including guitarist Evan RAYMOND who was present the first. «NeverEverland» is the second album in a trilogy started with "Land of Dreams". This Galactic tale tells us about the main character who must fight the forces of evil embodied by a Lord villain who has ideas of conqueror. As in all stories of the kind will culminate in the final battle that will decide the rest of the universe. As I wrote the earlier P.J. SHADOWHAWK was supported by several guest musicians: Trevor LLOYD - violins, Steve La PORTA - Percussion, Will MAHER - guitar, Alan MAHER - guitar, Evan RAYMOND - guitar, and also Gabriel SCOTT and Samantha LEE on vocals. P.J. has composed all the songs, he sang on most of them and he takes care of all the other instruments. The style is close of progressive neo with influences from bands like GENESIS, IQ, and GALAHAD. Singing is not the greatest strength but his voice remains still pleasant. The texts are not long, it is the music that dominates on "NeverEverLand".

The album contains six songs all relatively long, 9 to 12 minutes. The suite "The Only One" which is divided into two parts offer on the first "Darkness Before the Dawn" is a long quiet introduction where the vocals and keyboards accompanying prepares us to the catchy melody with drums and guitar and violin. The second part 'A New Day Begins' has more pace especially in intro, then change of pace for a relatively long musical section with the piano providing the melody supported by the battery. The violin as it gives one side more dramatic lament. The song was entered and with violin accompaniment. The title track offers a short musical introduction and a sung section as short. We discover more clearly the guitar and bass with the always emotional presence of the violin. No long solo guitar or keyboards, it's the violin that takes this place and it is an original way which I like much. I skips to the last track "Icarus", which is the longest "NeverEverLand". The atmosphere is melancholy and almost classical at times mainly due to very good piano passages, singing and the piano provides the bulk of the melody. Then we are witnessing a change in tempo with the guitar input, and a rhythm section that is accelerating. The final is excellent, the violin, the guitar and the piano which is interwoven wisely and with great sensitivity. I must add the presence of a narrator who gently closes this volume 2 on a musical background that brings back us on Earth.

The only words that come to mind are total surprise. This is an album that revolutionizes the genre, will make listeners happy. Finally I would like to note the excellent work at the Trevor LLOYD violin which is of great sensitivity and course writer P.J. SHADOWHAWK on most instruments and especially the piano. All I can add is that I am eager to listen to the third part.

3.5 stars

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 Land Of Dreams by SHADOWHAWK, P.J. album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.14 | 7 ratings

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Land Of Dreams
P.J. Shadowhawk Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars American drummer, who was part of the last Gabriel Bondage line-up, participating in a third album by the band, which was never released.P.J. Shadowhawk went on to perform as a session musician in several show bands and composed music for theaters and TV shows over a span of two decades, before passing the Atlantic and become a member of Quasar in 2006.Three years later and suffering from Lupus he parted ways with the British group, unable to keep an update with the live performances due to his illness.Upon returning to California he did not give up and he even recorded and released his debut album ''Land of dreams'' in 2010 with the help of Evan Raymond on guitars.

Being a late member of Quasar and a 70's prog enthusiast, P.J. Shadowhawk couldn't do else than record an album with strong retro vibes and hints from the British symphonic sound of the past, performed under a melodic and more secure manner that the monsters of the movement, keeping though an interest through his lush, elaborate arrangements, mostly based on electric guitars, piano and soft keyboards.His vocals are not particularly exciting, but again this is pretty reasonable for a man perfoming almost all instruments and singing.I can detect influences from GENESIS, CAMEL and more recent acts like IQ and mostly GALAHAD in his music, while some cheesy vocal moments and pompous deliveries contain a slight SUPERTRAMP feel.The man is not afraid of creating long, old-fashioned compositions and his arrangements, while not extraordinary, contain plenty of interesting moments like the dramatic guitar solos, the rising sound of layered synthesizers and the peaceful but always convinving piano lines.Some sort of organ echoes and a few powerful electric explosions keep a good balance throughout.Do not expect very rich and extremely intricate musicianship, ''Land of dreams'' focuses on the more laid-back side of Progressive Rock with Shadowhawk's composing and execution being more than efficient.

Essential album for fans of melodic, mainly British-styled Neo/Symphonic Prog.Good melodies, lovely piano themes and attactive guitar/keyboard deliveries.Recommended.

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 Land Of Dreams by SHADOWHAWK, P.J. album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.14 | 7 ratings

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Land Of Dreams
P.J. Shadowhawk Neo-Prog

Review by mbzr48

3 stars I'm always in awe when one musician does everything including singing. He had some help by Evan Raymond, who did several guitar solos on the album.

The album starts out with a two-part suite, "Songs of Atlantis Suite: Seventh Age" (8:25) and "Songs of Atlantis Suite: Atlantis" (5:19) with the first part starting with some heavily played piano joined by some drums. It slows down into almost a ballad. Piano seems to be the main instrument on both of these tracks. 3 stars both

Next up is the title track, "Land Of Dreams" (5:20) has an art rock feel to it and some unique sounding vocals. I think that this song could easily be a hit single, in a perfect world. 3 stars

Then there's the first epic of the album, "Who Would Jesus Bomb?" (15:00), which the title turns me off but the content doesn't. It has a cinematic vibe about it until the 5 minute mark when the guitar comes in. This song has many tempo and mood changes. I think if the song was listed with only the initials (W.W.J.B.), it might not turn off people. The song is mostly instrumental. Again very unique vocals that takes a while to warm up to. 4 stars

"Alone" (5:28) has a AOR / art rock vibe to it. Very straight forward type of song. It was the first song that I honestly couldn't warm up to, especially following an epic. 3 stars

The next epic, "Two Sides" (12:44) starts off in a somber tone then begins to morph into something different ever few minutes. The vocals at the beginning sort of turned me off but it returned to the unique vocals previously heard. This is another of my favorites despite the vocals in the beginning. 4 stars

Ending off the main part of the album is "Shadowhawk Attacks" (2:28), an instrumental that combines an 80s synthesizer style with hard edged guitar parts. 3 stars

Now the bonus material starts with another two-part suite "Apocalypse (Pt.1)" (7:01) and "Apocalypse (Pt.2)" (8:20). Both parts have a cool 80's vibe to them. Aside from the spoken word parts, this suite is OK and it could have been better as a part of the main album. 3 stars both

The final song is" Carry Me Away" (6:41) which has a ballad quality to it (female voice?). 3.5 stars

Overall, Land Of Dreams is an OK album with few parts that could have been edited out. If you like 70s & 80s art rock with a heavy dose of prog, this album has it. I look forward to listening to the new album. for me it's a 3 star maybe 3.5

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