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AFTER CRYING

Symphonic Prog • Hungary


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AFTER CRYING is a very important band from the rich Hungarian prog scene that create extremely complex and moody music. There is a huge variety of styles in their music among their extensive discography. Some albums are very dark, yet beautiful, with a calm atmosphere provided by cellos and violins among moody keyboards and guitars. Other albums hold a more consistent sound where one will discover ELP influences (mainly on the Hammond passages).

The albums released are mainly in the 1990s era though there have been some releases post 2000. The debut studio album "Overground Music" was released in 1990 featuring a plethora of musicians; Csaba Vedres on piano, vocals, synthesizers, Péter Pejtsik on cello, vocals, bass, Kristóf Fogolyán on flute, Zsolt Maroevich on viola, Judit Andrejszki on vocals, Pál Makovecz on trombone, Ottó Rácz on oboe, Aladár Tüske on bassoon, and Balázs Winkler on trumpets. The followup release is "Megalázottak és Megszomorítottak" from 1992, followed by "Föld és ég" in 1994, and "De Profundis" in 1996, a refined blend of classical and folk, with some light pop accents in the use of drums, a sound that may evoke FLAIRCK.

In 1996 came the aptly named "After Crying 6", and then in 2003 the band resurfaced after a hiatus with "Show" with a huge band membership consisting of Zoltán 'BZ' Bátky on vocals, Gábor Egervári on narration, and general hardware Wizardry, Tamás Görgényi on dramaturgy, programming, Zoltán Lengyel on keyboards, Zsolt Madai on percussion, Péter Pejtsik on cello, bass, Ferenc Torma on guitars, Balázs Winkler on trumpet, grand piano, synthesizer, programming. The special guest again were prevalent with Judit Andrejszki, Zsófia Katona and Gábor Légrádi on vocals and narration, László Préda, László Borsódy on trumpets, Pál Makovecz, Viktor Dániel Nagy, Réthi Zsombor on trombones, Sándor Endrödy, Dezsö Czentár, Peter Soós, Balázs Pernecky on horns, and Gábor Kollman on sax. The more recent release "Creatura" came in 2011, an epic consisting of 23 tracks clocking over 70 minutes of prog.

This is classical chamber rock, delicate and peaceful. Definitely a must in any prog rock collection.

UPDATED 2014---AtomicCrimsonRush (Scott Tuffnell)---

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XXV - Anniversary ConcertXXV - Anniversary Concert
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4.08 | 141 ratings
Overground Music
1990
3.98 | 138 ratings
Megalázottak és Megszomorítottak
1992
3.78 | 88 ratings
Föld és ég
1994
3.68 | 106 ratings
De Profundis
1996
3.86 | 84 ratings
After Crying 6
1997
3.76 | 82 ratings
Show
2003
3.74 | 49 ratings
Creatura
2011

AFTER CRYING Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.47 | 17 ratings
Opus 1
1989
4.09 | 33 ratings
Struggle For Life
2000
4.53 | 29 ratings
Struggle For Life (Essential)
2000
4.26 | 27 ratings
Bootleg Symphony
2001
3.95 | 10 ratings
AC XXV - Anniversary Concert
2013

AFTER CRYING Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.93 | 15 ratings
Live
2007

AFTER CRYING Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.13 | 18 ratings
Elso Evtized
1996
4.19 | 25 ratings
Almost Pure Instrumental
1998

AFTER CRYING Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.32 | 15 ratings
After Crying 1989
1989

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 Föld és ég by AFTER CRYING album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.78 | 88 ratings

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Föld és ég
After Crying Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Heading to the middle of the 90's After Crying were about to face an upset in their career, as leading figure and composer of the band Csaba Vedres would participate in his last work with them.The album ''Fold es eg'' would see the band return on the familiar houses of Periferic Records and After Crying would perform for the first time without any guests, entirely based on the talents of the regular 6-piece line-up.This work was released in 1994.

There are many indications that this would be a totally different work compared to the academic sound of the previous releases.Firstly, the absence of guest participants meant that the band was not having any access to additional string or wind instruments.Second comes Csaba Vedres' apparent decision to leave the band after this work, so he wanted to put up a keyboard show to remember.The result was the more conventional but no less intricate effort by the group so far, showcasing a move from the Chamber/R.I.O.- and more KING CRIMSON-flavored style of the past and the sinking into a keyboard-drenched sound with some serious E.L.P. influences, even introducing strongly the use of synthesizers next to the standard work on piano and Hammond organ.So quite a significant part of the album is consumed in powerful organ workouts and Classical piano interludes with good bass and drums support, much in the vein of Keith Emerson & co., the enviroment is mainly instrumental, sometimes flavored by mellow acoustic themes or sweet polyphonic choirs to calm things down.On the other hand the band did not abandon the symphonic/acoustic orchestrations, as the latter tracks of the album contain a good bunch of cinematic, orchestral themes in absence of Vedres, with great trumpet and flute parts.These pieces also offer often a more balanced sound in the Symphonic Rock realm, eventually the guitar sound is more pronounced and the collaboration between the members seems more tight and genuine with constant executions on guitars, keyboards, trumpet and flute.

An unexpecting turn by After Crying on this work, which sounds heavily inspired by E.L.P., seemingly losing much of its originality.But the second part is full of the delicate, ethereal and complex sounds of the band, split between Chamber Music and Symphonic/Classical Rock.Yet another strongly recommended work by the Hungarians...3.5 stars.

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 Megalázottak és Megszomorítottak by AFTER CRYING album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.98 | 138 ratings

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Megalázottak és Megszomorítottak
After Crying Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars By 1991 After Crying would start to retake shape as a normal band.Balazs Winkler enters the picture on keyboards and trumpet and immediately he was given responsibilities as part of the composing team.Same goes for Laszlo Gacs, who took his place behind the drum kit in order to add to the band a more rockin' dimension.Gabor Egervari remained a strong contributor as a composer on After Crying's ''Megalazottak es megszomorítottak'', which for some reason the band had to release on the Quint label, who had become a part of EMI in Hungary.Several guests appear on choirs and wind instruments in this album released in 1992.

Of course the absolute centerpiece of the album is the 22-min. long ''A gadarai megszallott'', a true epitome on Chamber/Symphonic Rock with orchestral variations and some jazzy elements in the horn moves.This is dark, ambiental music with sound effects and lots of space for piano and cello themes, featuring an upgraded sound on the vocals, which now had a sensitive but expressive GREG LAKE echo, sung in the Hungarian language.For the most of its part this flows in a melancholic and atmospheric orchestral sound with vocals in evidence, rising a bit after the middle with a richer and more complex sound, based on cello, keyboards, piano and clarinet, eventually creating a unique atmosphere of jazzy horns, academic piano lines and monster symphonic grandieur, fading into a soft trumpet/piano execution with bass and drums supporting.The other piece to really remember is the 12-min. title-track and its obscure, very 70's-like KING CRIMSON atmosphere with the drums becoming a focal point in After Crying's music next to the piano, keyboard and cello solos.This might sound even better than the opening opus with everchanging moods, ranging from complex string-based Chamber Rock to retro-influenced keyboard Prog Rock to Lounge Music.Nice stuff.Three shorter tracks, not longer than 3 minutes each, complete this work, all of them sound like a mixture of Chamber Music, Experimental Rock and Orchestral Music in soft and ethereal arrangements.

Classical Music meets Jazz meets smooth Rock in a unique, very Avant-Garde-like way.Strongly recommended, despite its certain music experiments, likely to please both fans of Prog Rock and pure Classical Music...3.5 stars.

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 AC XXV - Anniversary Concert by AFTER CRYING album cover Live, 2013
3.95 | 10 ratings

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AC XXV - Anniversary Concert
After Crying Symphonic Prog

Review by Ensouled

4 stars This is After Crying back at their feets on an stunning live performing!

I did not enjoyed "Creatura" at all; and since Vedres Csaba (Co-founder and keyboardist) departure and the introduction of distortion guitars After Crying had clearly lost an essential part of their music. Still their concept remained intact and they trully achieved to create some very interesting blendings between classical music and symphonic prog. Nonetheless I have lost interest in their recent works.

Hearing "Creatura", which for me was a disappointement, made me realize I have moved on from their current ideas and I do not share the direction they decided to go; as a humble opinion, I am not saying their recent albums are not worthy.

This disappointment however has opened a gateway towards astonishment and that is exactly what happened when I heard AC XXV Anniversary Concert.

I listened the second disc first which contains a mix of songs by After Crying Discography before Creatura and the first disc is a live version of Creatura. Needless to say that the second disc to me was just miraculous, I haven't enjoyed the band for sometime now and hearing this second disc was trully a nice gift.

Then I decided to listen to the first disc "Creatura Live" and it happened, the astonishment, I ended being caught by the music and enjoyed the whole trip! The differences that I believe are fundamental did not prevented me from enjoying the first part almost as much as the second!

This 2 hours concert is definetely an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection and it was a pleasure listening these gifted musicians performing such a beautiful concert; they are masters in what they do regardless the preferences one might have and this is enough proof of that.

Highly Recommended!

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 Overground Music by AFTER CRYING album cover Studio Album, 1990
4.08 | 141 ratings

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Overground Music
After Crying Symphonic Prog

Review by Ensouled

5 stars Overground Music is a very special piece of art indeed, it is one of the closest music I have heard that reminds me how powerful arts can be.

The musicians certainly achieved the perfect balance among talent and their instruments, this means that between the subconscious feeling and the technique, they have revealed its true meaning on expression.

After Crying just did an incredible unbelievable virtuous album but at the same time it contains the passion that it needs to include sensitivity.

This record opened, unconsciously, the path for me through arts, and somehow awakened a part of me that gave me the chance to understand and discover the art of playing the piano from inside-out and it helped me become a self-taught pianist.

Confess Your Beauty instrumental section is a masterpiece that has transcended the idea of a solo section in a song to me... behind the inspiration for that section is where relies the mysterious ingenious and intellect of men...some fantastic achievements like this one gives a certain meaning to our existence.

Listening to this album is when I remember that the journey really began. It might work as well for others and I hope it does. Many records have helped to awake the "ears of my ears" but after this album it became a certainty. I really believe that albums like this one teaches us the most valuable things in life.

Highly Recommended!

"What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough."

- Eugene Delacroix

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 Megalázottak és Megszomorítottak by AFTER CRYING album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.98 | 138 ratings

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Megalázottak és Megszomorítottak
After Crying Symphonic Prog

Review by Ensouled

4 stars Another great masterpiece of modern symphonic rock in the hands of After Crying , the Hungarian title translated means "The insulted and the injured" referring to the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky (published in 1861 ) .

It was my second connection to the world of music in its purest sense , after listening to " Overground Music", which is the album that opened my third eye to sounds, Megalázottak was the perfect second destination to the principles of my journey to the world of music.

Their first album was released in 1990 and was entirely in English, after two years After Crying decided to record Megalazottak in Hungarian , which really gave a touch of originality but unfortunately made ​​the album less accessible , I wish I could understand the lyrics as they appear to deliver good deal of mystery.

The album kicks off with the epic masterpiece 22-minute " A Gadarai Megszállott " which is one of the most interesting interpretations of jazz fusion -era Miles Davis with King Crimson / Zappa and the Italian Symphonic Rock glow classical music with European union with Ravel Bartok delivered by these excellent musicians. In this song I feel that once again Crying After managed to enter the fourth dimension of soundscapes.

The disc has some few nice surprises too , the cello and violin are very memorable and at first the strangest parts of the disc do not seem to fit and blend that well, but after listening to the album several times I can not find anything wrong with this masterpiece.

After Crying music has influenced me as a person in matters that surpasses the joy of listening to good music, this requires one of the best Bernstein quotes:

"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknown."

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) American Composer .

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 After Crying 1989 by AFTER CRYING album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1989
3.32 | 15 ratings

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After Crying 1989
After Crying Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars In a creative orgasm the original After Crying trio was expanded to a quartet with the addition of Katalin Szerb on violin and vocals for what was to become the second cassette release of the group, simply entitled ''1989''.Moreover quite a few guest musicians appear on this album, which was eventually re-released on Periferic Records in 2009 in CD format: Csaba Hontvari on trumpet, Pal Makovecz on trombone, David Vesztergombi on vocals, Kristof Fogolyan on flute and Zsolt Maroevich on viola.

Once more After Crying proove how unique they were, delivering an original sound somewhere between Symphonic and Chamber Rock, which was quite hard to digest, but certainly having an unmet charm.Beautiful flute lines, Classical-inspired piano preludes and interludes and huge string sections combine for some music that goes from the complex forms of Bartok's Classical Music to the Classical Rock of E.L.P. and the sweet melancholy of GENESIS.The female and some male vocals have often an operatic nature, exploring choir-like paths, while there are also some spoken parts throughout the album.Moreover their approach ranges from pleasant vocal-driven parts to very sinister textures with almost frightening string lines and haunting piano themes.They tend to be the masters of atmospheres, comfortably switching from delicate themes with harmonic and melodic ideas based on flute and piano to dissonant passages with wind and string instruments leading the way.Best cut of the album is propably ''Hajo'', an 8-min. beautiful trip into the world of Classical/Symphonic Rock with tremendous flute parts, melancholic strings, excellent female choirs and some lovely piano lines.

The fact that the band is lacking a bassist, guitarist and drummer makes their style even more fascinating and impressive, as it is still a welcome addition even for Prog fans.Again, this is no music for the masses, this is high-tech Chamber Rock with emphasis on Classical-inspired arrangements and above average orchestrations.Warmly recommended.

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 After Crying 6 by AFTER CRYING album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.86 | 84 ratings

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After Crying 6
After Crying Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgShine
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2 stars Now, the first thing that comes to mind when you listen to 6 (1997) by Hungarian band After Crying is.... what the hell is this?

Where is the band that recorded masterpieces such as Overground Music (1990) and Megalázottak és Megszomorítottak (1992)?

I admit I lost a bit the band's train and didn't really pay attention on Föld és ég (1994) or De Profundis (1996), but if it wasn't for the name 'After Crying' on the cover of the album I wouls swear that this is a completely different band!

Maybe I just got the transition album, because after that their releases became quite sparse, but truth is... this is a bad album! Everytime the band goes electronic (with guitars, drums and especially keyboards) they do deadly wrong! All the beautiful and different sound they had before was thrown away and maded 'modern'. And that's why, at least for me, this album will never work.

Now I'm a bit reticent to even check their previous albums, which is not a good thing. I wold avoid if you don't know the band and start with the first albums.

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 Megalázottak és Megszomorítottak by AFTER CRYING album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.98 | 138 ratings

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Megalázottak és Megszomorítottak
After Crying Symphonic Prog

Review by sinslice

4 stars Symphonic, Ambient, Minimalist, Chamber, Modern Classic.

Mysterious atmosphere, based on piano and chamber instruments. 'The gadarai Obsessive' is a masterpiece of contemporary music. Unmistakable and absolutely unique. Difficult to define in style, modern classic symphonic, perhaps.

The other large topic, that gives title to the album, something like ´Humiliated and embarrassed´, begins more aggressively, from half enters again calm and is generating an intimate atmosphere.

Fortunately, most of it is instrumental. The lyrics are sung in Hungarian. The other songs are brief interludes, not very relevant.

Refrain guitar lovers or hard rock. It's not about that here. Yes displays a virtuosity and admirable fairness, commendable. The progressive rock has often been stigmatized or encrypted, this kind of pieces claim deserved respect.

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 Bootleg Symphony by AFTER CRYING album cover Live, 2001
4.26 | 27 ratings

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Bootleg Symphony
After Crying Symphonic Prog

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars Hungary's foremost progressive rock band was probably always one of the prime candidates for working with a modern orchestra, given that they already use brass instruments within the band. This concert was recorded at the Liszt Fernc Academy Of Music on 2nd October 2000, where they were joined by an orchestra and performed songs that they had especially re- arranged for this format.

Again, they have shown their love of King Crimson, with the one cover being an excerpt of 'The Great Deceiver'. They have pushed progressive rock music right over the boundaries with this release, as this is much more a classical piece of music than rock. The result is that if you enjoy dynamic classical music, then you will like this as much as the fans at the sell-out gig.

After Crying have shown that they can move their music into a more classical area and achieve success.

Originally appeared in Feedback #63, July 01

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 Show by AFTER CRYING album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.76 | 82 ratings

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Show
After Crying Symphonic Prog

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars After Crying are probably Hungary's best-loved progressive rock band, but with this album they have moved a long way from how they have sounded in the past. Although the title gives the impression that this is a 'live' recording, it is very much a studio work, with many layers. The album starts with the much-repeated line "A new world's coming and the old one's gone". Is this a statement about their new musical adventures or it is a reference to their new singer? After Crying have always had a more orchestral feel to their music than many, but with this album they have managed to keep that feel intact yet also bring in a much more modern commercial feel to their music.

I kept thinking of Styx and 'Kilroy Was Here' as this has some similar musical threads. The music is the important part, with most of the album being instrumental, but it swirls and drives around so that the listener is always interested and intrigued to see it will lead. It is an album that I have enjoyed playing when I have the time to listen to all of it quietly, not being distracted, as this is an album to get lost in. They may not have as much impact in the UK as some, but fans of prog need to search this out. www.perifericrecords.com.

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