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AS FOLLOWS is the brain child of Ben ASARO, former founding member of the power-progressive bands URSHURAK, TWILIGHT ODYSSEY, and PHANTOM ISLE and a veteran of the NYC live music scene.

AS FOLLOWS was originally intended to be a side project to PHANTOM ISLE but as the idea took shape it quickly became an important manifesto to the way Ben thought his brand of progressive music should be created. Instead of having a band with permanent members and a set sound, AS FOLLOWS would be a collaborative project wherein basic riffs where jammed on with other musicians, the bits and pieces would grow and then be connected together into musical mosaics without a central theme or traditional verse/chorus structure.

Being a guitar player primarily, Ben also wanted to get the focus back onto extended guitar explorations and solos with less emphasis on cutting away material, instead keeping the ideas 'whole cloth' and improvised with room for expansion when played in a live setting.

The first release from AS FOLLOWS was 'THE EYE OF FIRE AND FEAR'. The music was written as a collaboration between Ben and ex-PHANTOM ISLE drummer, Luigi GENNARO. After those initial jams were expanded upon and fully fleshed out, Ben arranged and played all of the instruments as well as handled the recording duties.

After the music was complete, Ben collaborated with singer/musician Gary PICKARD and together they completed the lyrics based on Ben's idea of a concept piece based upon the early works of E. A. Poe.

'THE EYE OF FIRE AND FEAR' was completed 14 months after the first rehearsal and was released digitally in April 2014.

Ben is currently collaborating with guitarist David FALCONE and drummer Michael MORALES on the follow up release.

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3.23 | 12 ratings
The Eye Of Fire And Fear
3.80 | 10 ratings
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym

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 The Eye Of Fire And Fear by AS FOLLOWS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.23 | 12 ratings

The Eye Of Fire And Fear
As Follows Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Ben Asaro hails from New York City, primarly a singer and guitarist, involved basically in several Heavy Metal projects like Phantom Isle, Twilight Odyssey and Urshurak.As Follows started initially as a side project of Urshurak, but evolved into a one-man band with Asaro measuring his talent on progressive compositions and releasing his debut album ''The eye of fire and fear'' in April 2014, a digital download on the bandcamp page.He arranged, sung and played all the displayed material, receiving some help on vocals by Gary Pickard, member of another New York City-based Metal group, Nevereven.

Despite being his first serious attempt in the Progressive Rock genre, ''The eye of fire and fear'' sees Asaro taking a huge step by recording two massive, over 20-min. long epics, apparently summing up a 50+min. concept work.It was quite reasonable that this had its certain flaws next to very interesting stuff, but overall the music is pretty cool.Both pieces are mostly guitar-driven with occasional synth- and organ dressing and some scarce Mellotron samplers and electric piano, sounding as a Heavy Prog album, sinking pretty often into some sort of spaciness and PINK FLOYD/PORCUPINE TRE-like atmospheres.Asaro does a great job on guitar with a set of sparkling riffs, slow-tempo, majestic rhythmic parts and some dynamic solos, surrounded by keyboard backgrounds and a few electronics pinches, sometimes rockin' quite hard, while others setting a spacious and cinematic enviroment.I find some of his ideas to be extended without any particular reason, but the album's atmospheric variations are very enganging and the result is far from tiring.The second piece especially sounds somewhere between RUSH, GONG, PINK FLOYD and contemporary Space Rockers FONYA, even recalling MIKE OLDFIELD in the lighter parts, the first one is more reto-sounding due to the sporadic organ, but overall expect a contemporary Prog Rock effort with the electric guitar in evidence.

Nice first attempt by Asaro, far from flawless, but definitely interesting, featuring some great guitar work and unique atmospheric parts.Recommended, especially if you love Rush, Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd.


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