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STEWART BELL

Neo-Prog • United Kingdom


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Stewart Bell is known for being one of the central figures of British Neo/Symph veterans CITIZEN CAIN. He joined the band in early-90's, when Cyrus decided to reform the then disbanded CITIZEN CAIN, and released with the group a bunch of great albums, which are considered more or less classics of the genre. Following the release of their last album, Skies Darken, in 2012, Cyrus and Stewart decided it was time to move on from CITIZEN CAIN and pursue solo careers. He then started work on ''The Antechamber Of Being", the first part of a trilogy on the subject of lucid dreaming. The story is based on Bell's own life and chronicles his experiences as a lucid dreamer. It begins with Stewart as a child struggling to overcome recurring nightmares and continues with his exploration of the dream world as he becomes a master at controliing this inner world of his mind. This epic concept album chronicles the key events in this journey - the weird synchronicities, strange experiences and profound questions that naturally arise when one grows up living in the twin worlds of dream and real.

Phil Allen, another member of CITIZEN CAIN, continues his role as guitarist on the album as well as filling one of the lead vocal parts along with legendary guest singers Simone Rossetti (The Watch) , Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, Stream of Passion), Bekah Mhairi Comrie (Grace & Legend) and Stewart himself.

To accompany the album Stewart has also written a 28 picture book (Cover) which covers the events that take place in the first song. This 23 x 18 cm full colour storybook contains 12 original drawings by Bell and tells the story of the main character, The Dreamer, as he takes control of his dreams and becomes lucid for the first time. Both self-published and released seperately on Oct 23rd 2014, ''The Antechamber Of Being" and "The Cupboard Of Fear" are available direct from CITIZEN CAIN/ Stewart Bell's website.

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3.95 | 38 ratings
The Antechamber Of Being Part I
2014
4.00 | 15 ratings
The Antechamber Of Being (Part 2) - Stories From The Antechamber -
2017

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 The Antechamber Of Being Part I by BELL, STEWART album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.95 | 38 ratings

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Stewart Bell Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Scottish composer and musician Stewart BELL is first and foremost known as a key member of progressive rock band Citizen Cain (also known as Xitizen Cain), initially handling the keyboard duties but over the years also catering for the drums for their albums. "The Antechamber of Being Part 1" is his first solo album, self-released in 2014.

If you are the kind of person that enjoys an ambitious, epic conceptual album and have a general fondness for both neo-progressive and classic symphonic art-rock, Stewart Bell's first solo album is one that is worth giving a closer inspection. Especially if you have a soft spot for creations of this kind that hone in on darker moods and atmospheres, and incorporate some metal-oriented details here and there to further strengthen and emphasize that aspect of the material explored.

 The Antechamber Of Being Part I by BELL, STEWART album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.95 | 38 ratings

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Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars Being a member and composer of Citizen Cain, Stuart Bell release his first solo album playing all the instruments and sharing the vocals duties with 4 others singers such as Simone Rossetti and Arjen Lucassen. The addition of those vocals makes this Cd a Rock Opera. The concept is dark in nature and explore the mind of a lucid dreamer facing the reality and the world of dreams. The music contains some new soundscapes with heavier guitars, but the main attraction is like in Citizen Cain the keyboards and piano showing the numerous rhythm changes in the music. The keyboards are quiete busy, heavy and furious at times starting with the first song "Decoherence", which is the highlight track of the Cd. "The Breach" is a interlude with a strange intro, a hunting voice and a overall strange atmosphere. In the song"The Antechamber of Being", Stuart Bell gives his symphonic music a bit of a hard rock sound and the use of almost metallish vocals makes the song heavier. The song structures here is not obvious with many tempo changes, we could ask ourself where the melody is heading. It's a Cd that is maybe a bit too long to keep the listener focus. The second part has not the same songwriting quality of the first but you can still enjoy the overall intriguing atmosphere especially if you enjoy bands like Citizen Cain, The Watch and Ayeron. 3.7 stars
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