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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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3.12 | 6 ratings
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 Land Of Dreams by SHADOWHAWK, P.J. album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.12 | 6 ratings

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
3.12 | 6 ratings

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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