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SUNRISE AURANAUT is a Russian studio project, led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Vitaly KISELEV, who creates music mainly in the traditions of the classical school of Prog 70s. KISELEV cites the creativity of GENESIS, YES, E.L.P., CAMEL, URIAH HEEP, ELOY and HAWKWIND, as his major influences.

Between 2009 and 2012 he produced three demo albums, Way Of The King'', ''Childhood's End?'' and ''Spirit Of The Rain'', before being discovered by Musea Records.

KISELEV decided to make every effort to implement his debut ''Childhood's End?'', which displays romance, inner freedom and happiness that any human experiences in early childhood. This instrumental album was released eventually in the spring 2013 on Musea Parallele. Here's a contemporary personal vision of childhood, illustrated with the beauty of Nature, a sea of energy, vivid feelings and images, mystical fear, mystery, magic and belief in miracles, linked with a cosmic inspiration.

The very important for Vitaly KISELEV instrumental concept-album Way Of The King was published on Musea Parallele in autumn 2013. Back in 2009, being in the demo, it was very warmly received by the listeners. Way Of The King is mostly in the symphonic Progressive rock genre, with frequent incursions into Progressive heavy-metal territory. Music on this album illustrates stories from the life of the king who, in order to find itself and to be happy, decides to refuse the throne and all riches. He then becomes a wandering musician.

Throughout both albums, quiet and peaceful parts alternate with fast and energetic sequences. Keyboards and electric guitar rule, leaving room for acoustic guitar though. All this is combined with a powerful rhythm section.

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Way Of The KingWay Of The King
Musea Parallèle/Musea 2013
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Childhood's End ?Childhood's End ?
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The First CosmicThe First Cosmic
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2.88 | 6 ratings
Childhood's End
2.96 | 8 ratings
Way Of The King
2.33 | 3 ratings
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 Way Of The King by SUNRISE AURANAUT album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.96 | 8 ratings

Way Of The King
Sunrise Auranaut Crossover Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars `The Way of the King' is a charming instrumental progressive work entirely composed and performed by Vitaly Kiselev, a Russian multi-instrumentalist who goes under the name Sunrise Auranaut. A concept album conveyed purely through musical passages without the use of words, it tells the tale of a king walking away from his life of privilege, status and wealth to become a wandering musician. I'm wondering if the story is a metaphor for Vitaly's own life, either choosing to or wishing to be able to ditch the nine-to-five grind most of us work in for a more artistically satisfying and musically, spiritually fulfilling path?

The tale is told through nine fully instrumental pieces, including a four part title suite, all loaded with vintage keyboard/synth movements, tasteful and heartfelt acoustic guitar with thrilling electric runs and gentle percussion. Full of medieval flavours and madrigal moments, with the occasional regal majesty of Genesis, plenty of the pomp of Rick Wakeman and a touch of the romantic tones of Camel. But while it may sometimes play like a love-letter to it's influences, Vitaly's personal approach always brings a touch of class and sophistication to this smooth and easy-listening journey.

A lovely church organ piece `Prologue/Coronation' opens the album, followed by the wavering Moogs (straight out of the old `Legend of Zelda' games to my ears!) and reflective placid flutes of `Castle Walls...'. Fanfare bluster, urgent electric guitar runs and contemplative acoustic moments feature in the title track, with many romantic and stirring themes worked in throughout. `Young Wind' has an upbeat strolling Hammond melody that will have your foot tapping in no time, while `Minstrel' is a lush symphonic passage with emotional and sweet synth orchestrations galore. Despite a glorious church organ middle, `Who Took - God or the Devil?' brings some unexpected crunching harder rock more reminiscent of Jethro Tull or perhaps even Hawkwind. The prancing melody of `Step By Step' brings to mind the title track of Genesis' `A Trick of the Tail', `Blues of Friendly Heat' (one of my personal favourites) is a dozy jazzy stroll through the woods on playful Hammond, Moog and piano, before `Epilogue: Happy Finale' closes in an epic manner with a reprise of the grand church organ of the beginning.

While the album lacks the dynamics that a full proper group would provide (definitely some live drums would add a lot of warmth and power next time around), there's no denying Vitaly is a talent and very proficient on all the instruments utilised here. Fans of those classic early Rick Wakeman solo works, the first Index album, Karfagen's `Lost Symphony' and maybe even Camel's `The Snow Goose' should give this one a try. I'm a total sucker for these sort of instrumental prog albums, so Vitaly should be very proud of this effort, and I have no doubt we will hear even better works from him in the future. I also feel it's our job to praise and support these sort of little artists who lovingly play progressive music, and besides, anyone who proudly thanks his Mum on the back of the CD booklet is pretty alright with me!

Three and a half stars - great job Vitaly!


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 Childhood's End by SUNRISE AURANAUT album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.88 | 6 ratings

Childhood's End
Sunrise Auranaut Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Sunrise Auranaut is yet another one-man project, this time led by Russian multi-instrumentalist Vitaly Kiselev, who cites Genesis, Yes, E.L.P., Uriah Heep, Eloy and Hawkind as his main influences.Between 2009 and 2012 he produced two demo albums, ''King's way'' and ''Spirit rain'', before being discovered by Musea Records.But while his demos featured a couple of guests on arrangements, Kiselev decided to put an effort of his own on his debut ''Childhood's end?'', dealing with the romance, inner freedom and happiness of any human's early life stages.It was released eventually in early 2013 on Musea Parallele.

While it is rather hard to expect a masterpiece by a single person handling all instruments, the new technology offers so many possibilities, that this effort ended up to be a pleasant and fine listening all the way.Kiselev's influences are evident in a handful of moments in the album, as ''Childhood's end?'' contains plenty of keyboard waves, either in a very flashy and angular way or a more virtuosic, symphonic-oriented mood, albeit performed in a very modern enviroment.Dual and triple synth attacks are all over the place, accompanied by slightly heavy guitars to produce highly energetic and sufficient instrumental pieces with doses of complexity, passionate rhythmic tunes and symphonic interludes.Actually the few organ-based parts recall the music of LE ORME and E.L.P., while another pair of tracks contain mellow acoustic lines along the principles of GENESIS and YES.Other bands that come to mind are IQ or PALLAS in the more synth-drenched offerings, while the album has often a strong spacey/Electronic feeling due to the heavy use of loops and cosmic preludes.More appropriate comparisons would be similar-sounding projects such as NETHERLAND DWARF or BACKYARDS, strongly keyboard-led Progressive Rock, obviously stepping on the traces of old Prog groups but played in a very refreshing way.Most of the compositions are quite great with good guitar riffs, well-played solos and endless, fiery keyboards, split between technique and melody.

Vitaly Kiselev can surely produce some great music, based on his own talent.Although some of the programmed sounds in ''Childhood's end?'' are noone's cup of tea, the overall final feeling is that this is a well-executed and very energetic debut with potential for some better offerings in the near future.Recommended.


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