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SYMPHONIC PROG

A Progressive Rock Sub-genre


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Symphonic Prog definition

Symphonic is without doubt the sub-genre that includes†the most bands in Progressive Rock because for many people it's almost synonymous classic Prog, something†easy to understand being that†most of the†classic and/or †pioneer†bands†released music that could be included in this sub-genre, except JETHRO TULL and PINK FLOYD (who still blended some symphonic elements), even KING CRIMSON who very soon expanded their horizons to more experimental music, made their debut with a Symphonic album, "In the Court of the Crimson King" which is a cornerstone in the development of the genre.

The main characteristics of Symphonic are the ones that defined all Progressive Rock: (There's nothing 100% new under the sun) which among others are:
  • Mixture of elements from different genres.
  • Complex time signatures.
  • Lush keyboards.
  • Explorative and intelligent lyrics, in some cases close to fantasy literature, Sci Fi and even political issues.
  • Non commercial approach
  • Longer format of songs

In this specific case the main characteristic is the influence of Classical music (understood as Orchestral works created from the late Gothic to Modern Classical) using normally more complex structure than other related sub-genres like Neo Progressive (That's why sometimes the borderline that divides Symphonic from Neo is so unclear being that is based mostly in a degree of complexity rather than in an evident structural difference)..It is easy to find long keyboard solos reminiscent of Johan Sebastian Bach or melodic works that could have been written by†Handel.

As in any other genre, different Symphonic bands had different approaches to Classical music, for example YES and GENESIS are mainly influenced by the Baroque and Classical periods, while EMERSON LAKE & PALMER has a predilection for post Romantic and modern authors like Mussorgsky, Rimsky Korsakov, Bartok or Ginastera, being†that†their sound†is less melodic and more aggressive.

The peak of the genre starts in 1969 and lasts until the mid/late 70's† (more precisely until the release of A Trick of the Tail), when the genre begins to† blend more mainstream influences that took to the birth of Neo Progressive (a new approach for a new decade).


It†is important to remember that even though the creative peak of Symphonic Progressive†ended before the 80's,†we can find†a†second birth†in the 90's coming from the Scandinavian countries (specially Sweden with ANGLAGARD or PAR LINDH PROJECT) and even bands that still in the 21st Century recreate music from this period like SPOCK'S BEARD or ECHOLYN.

Before ending this short description I feel necessary to say (In order to be strictly accurate) that the term Symphonic is not 100% exact, because†these†bands†very rarely†played symphonies and was†probably used because the music that influenced the genre was†performed by Symphony Orchestras, but†it is†so†widely accepted†by the Progressive Rock community that†would be absurd and futile for†anybody to†attempt a change after so much time.

IvŠn Melgar Morey, Peru 2006



Symphonic Team

Current Team as at 09/07/17

IvŠn Melgar Morey (IvŠn_Melgar_M)
Anton Fritz (SouthSideoftheSky)
RdtProg (Louis)

Symphonic Prog Top Albums


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4.66 | 4031 ratings
CLOSE TO THE EDGE
Yes
4.63 | 3756 ratings
SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND
Genesis
4.60 | 3264 ratings
FOXTROT
Genesis
4.44 | 3181 ratings
FRAGILE
Yes
4.42 | 2840 ratings
NURSERY CRYME
Genesis
4.40 | 2372 ratings
MIRAGE
Camel
4.38 | 2032 ratings
MOONMADNESS
Camel
4.36 | 2744 ratings
RELAYER
Yes
4.38 | 1554 ratings
HYBRIS
ńnglagŚrd
4.35 | 1167 ratings
SI ON AVAIT BESOIN D'UNE CINQUI»ME SAISON
Harmonium
4.29 | 2677 ratings
THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY
Genesis
4.29 | 2570 ratings
THE YES ALBUM
Yes
4.29 | 2065 ratings
THE SNOW GOOSE
Camel
4.27 | 2311 ratings
A TRICK OF THE TAIL
Genesis
4.31 | 1048 ratings
SCHEHERAZADE AND OTHER STORIES
Renaissance
4.32 | 775 ratings
DEPOIS DO FIM
Bacamarte
4.24 | 1877 ratings
EMERSON LAKE & PALMER
Emerson Lake & Palmer
4.25 | 967 ratings
VILJANS ÷GA
ńnglagŚrd
4.25 | 921 ratings
HAMBURGER CONCERTO
Focus
4.22 | 998 ratings
LEFTOVERTURE
Kansas
4.58 | 183 ratings
FROM SILENCE TO SOMEWHERE
Wobbler
4.16 | 2092 ratings
TRESPASS
Genesis
4.22 | 635 ratings
ASHES ARE BURNING
Renaissance
4.13 | 1683 ratings
BRAIN SALAD SURGERY
Emerson Lake & Palmer
4.20 | 587 ratings
? [AKA: QUESTION MARK]
Morse, Neal
4.16 | 773 ratings
BRIDGE ACROSS FOREVER
Transatlantic
4.19 | 624 ratings
TO SHATTER ALL ACCORD
Discipline
4.10 | 1750 ratings
WIND AND WUTHERING
Genesis
4.11 | 1450 ratings
TRILOGY
Emerson Lake & Palmer
4.18 | 590 ratings
SOLA SCRIPTURA
Morse, Neal
4.20 | 504 ratings
THE SNOW GOOSE (RE-RECORDING)
Camel
4.15 | 694 ratings
POINT OF KNOW RETURN
Kansas
4.25 | 367 ratings
UNFOLDED LIKE STAIRCASE
Discipline
4.14 | 745 ratings
V
Spock's Beard
4.13 | 634 ratings
SONG FOR AMERICA
Kansas
4.25 | 300 ratings
MARSB…LI KR”NIKŃK (THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES)
Solaris
4.06 | 1637 ratings
TARKUS
Emerson Lake & Palmer
4.03 | 1813 ratings
GOING FOR THE ONE
Yes
4.08 | 720 ratings
THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII
Wakeman, Rick
4.07 | 690 ratings
SMPTE
Transatlantic
4.05 | 871 ratings
THE WHIRLWIND
Transatlantic
4.08 | 626 ratings
FOCUS II [AKA: MOVING WAVES]
Focus
4.05 | 768 ratings
RAJAZ
Camel
4.11 | 451 ratings
BLOMLJUD
Moon Safari
4.06 | 728 ratings
BANKS OF EDEN
Flower Kings, The
4.08 | 557 ratings
TURN OF THE CARDS
Renaissance
4.11 | 449 ratings
ONE
Morse, Neal
4.07 | 594 ratings
EPILOG
ńnglagŚrd
4.17 | 285 ratings
SUFFOCATING THE BLOOM
Echolyn
4.07 | 507 ratings
ECHOLYN
Echolyn
4.16 | 284 ratings
BETWEEN FLESH AND DIVINE
Asia Minor
4.25 | 199 ratings
IN THE REGION OF THE SUMMER STARS (1984)
Enid, The
4.05 | 537 ratings
BACK IN THE WORLD OF ADVENTURES
Flower Kings, The
4.13 | 304 ratings
MEI
Echolyn
4.06 | 435 ratings
WHO'S THE BOSS IN THE FACTORY?
Karmakanic
4.26 | 175 ratings
10.000 ANOS DEPOIS ENTRE V…NUS E MARTE
Cid, Josť
4.05 | 428 ratings
TESTIMONY
Morse, Neal
3.96 | 1162 ratings
CAMEL
Camel
4.01 | 556 ratings
TESTIMONY 2
Morse, Neal
4.00 | 615 ratings
BRIEF NOCTURNES AND DREAMLESS SLEEP
Spock's Beard
4.06 | 368 ratings
THE NEAL MORSE BAND: THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM
Morse, Neal
4.00 | 519 ratings
DESOLATION ROSE
Flower Kings, The
4.20 | 171 ratings
BLŇ VARDAG
Atlas
3.99 | 544 ratings
KANSAS
Kansas
4.08 | 283 ratings
L'HEPTADE
Harmonium
4.10 | 243 ratings
THE FLOWER KING
Stolt, Roine
4.21 | 165 ratings
METANOIA
Nexus
4.15 | 194 ratings
NOSTRADAMUS BOOK OF PROPHECIES
Solaris
4.23 | 148 ratings
SLOW DANCE
Phillips, Anthony
3.96 | 627 ratings
A NOD AND A WINK
Camel
3.90 | 2187 ratings
TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS
Yes
4.02 | 326 ratings
THE GEESE AND THE GHOST
Phillips, Anthony
3.98 | 416 ratings
MOMENTUM
Morse, Neal
4.08 | 231 ratings
CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ELECTRIC ENSEMBLE
Kotebel
4.12 | 192 ratings
REFUGEE
Refugee
4.16 | 167 ratings
TRIANA (EL PATIO)
Triana
4.07 | 233 ratings
THE WAY
Anima Mundi
3.95 | 455 ratings
FLOWER POWER
Flower Kings, The
3.93 | 538 ratings
STARDUST WE ARE
Flower Kings, The
4.03 | 240 ratings
MARSB…LI KR”NIKŃK II (THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES II)
Solaris
4.13 | 157 ratings
GLORY OF THE INNER FORCE
Finch
3.95 | 391 ratings
FISH OUT OF WATER
Squire, Chris
4.10 | 173 ratings
OVERGROUND MUSIC
After Crying
4.10 | 164 ratings
L'ARAIGN…E-MAL
Atoll
4.10 | 160 ratings
LOS DELIRIOS DEL MARISCAL
Crucis
4.06 | 190 ratings
TARDIGRADE
Simon Says
3.94 | 348 ratings
ILLUSIONS ON A DOUBLE DIMPLE
Triumvirat
4.08 | 165 ratings
SONG OF THE MARCHING CHILDREN
Earth And Fire
4.13 | 139 ratings
POLLEN
Pollen
4.13 | 137 ratings
CICLOS
Canarios, Los
3.99 | 227 ratings
LOST SYMPHONY
Karfagen
3.90 | 418 ratings
RITES AT DAWN
Wobbler
3.95 | 284 ratings
AS THE WORLD
Echolyn
3.96 | 269 ratings
AU-DELņ DU D…LIRE
Ange
3.97 | 241 ratings
OUT OF THE BARNYARD
Fright Pig
4.08 | 150 ratings
SOMEWHERE BUT YESTERDAY
Citizen Cain
3.88 | 488 ratings
UNFOLD THE FUTURE
Flower Kings, The
4.02 | 182 ratings
SOLO
Kaipa
3.90 | 389 ratings
666
Aphrodite's Child
3.90 | 386 ratings
THE SUFFERING JOY
Magic Pie

Symphonic Prog overlooked and obscure gems albums new


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Memoriance

Latest Symphonic Prog Music Reviews


 Le Survivant by ORION album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.41 | 34 ratings

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Le Survivant
Orion Symphonic Prog

Review by majoprog

5 stars I liked the 3rd Orion album "La Face Visible" but I admit that this new album seems to me even more successful and better product. This record deserves several plays to fully discover all the finesse hidden in it; Eight tracks including an instrumental make up this 4th album with talented guest musicians from other horizons such as jazz. Besides the instrumental composition "Cumulostratus" is in this style.It is based on a beautiful acoustic guitar and a piano solo of beauty.Mention very well also in the rhythmic section bass / drums that brings a solid foundation to the group. Feel free to listen to this new album with attention. Orion is certainly one of the best French progressive rock bands.
 Messages from Afar: First Contact by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.24 | 45 ratings

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Messages from Afar: First Contact
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by proghaven

4 stars To begin with: amazing, fantastic, absolutely superb musicianship of the guitarist. This is the first impression from the album. The music bears a faint resemblance to Space Circus and maybe also another Japanese prog fusion band, Kennedy. Unfortunately, when they sing (what occurs, let's say, not too often), they sing in English. There's nothing to be done, I strongly prefer native languages, my apologies. However their English is good (I asked specialists). Not sure that Karfagen provides a correct idea of Ukrainian prog scene/school as a whole. In other words, not sure that Karfagen is representative enough for Ukrainian prog. But anyway this band is very interesting. Golden Fields of Rye reminds me not of real fields of rye (which, I believe, are indeed as golden in Ukraine as in my home village near Borovsk) but rather of water-flooded green fields of rice in Karakalpakstan (before the shrinking of Aral). The final 16-minute track is expected to be an epic but in actual fact breaks the prog standards for constructing epic suites appearing to be no more than just a very long - and very enjoyable - instrumental piece.
 Messages from Afar: First Contact by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.24 | 45 ratings

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Messages from Afar: First Contact
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by Harvey77777

4 stars Of all Antony Kalugins projects Karfagen is my favourite mostly because I love instrumentals and this album certainly doesn't disappoint, there are vocals at the beginning and ending of the album but they are very much integrated into the music. There is a lot of Camel influenced keyboard and guitar interplay and you can see Hackett influences as well plus there is some great saxophone, this is Prog at its best, the guitar can be a little overbearing at times but is played very well. There aren't any weak tracks and it's hard to pick a favourite.

Apparently there will be a part two which will be from Antony's Sunchild project so will have vocals and the Sunchild style, it will be interesting to hear a vocal story behind the concept.

 From Silence to Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.58 | 183 ratings

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From Silence to Somewhere
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by proghaven

5 stars Yes it's a real masterpiece, a path to future - but exclusively thanks to the closing track, Foxlight. Otherwise From Silence To Somewhere might be no more than just another excellent prog album released in 2017... or 1971...

...well, a strange and magical thing occurred with us all in early 1970s. Before that, since 1920s, those who expected something more than just entertainment from music had no satisfying substance that might be called 'actual serious music'. Or, if you prefer, 'current serious music'. Professor Kabalevsky divided all music into 'serious' and 'light'. 'Serious' is more or less the same as so-called 'classics'. 'Light' is musical entertainment. Starting with 1920s' foxtrots, charlestons, shimmies and tangos, only 'light' music was actual, while 'serious' was archived. The fabulous times when Glinka and Strauss Jr (both actual) were contemporaries were gone. As for Ginastera, Penderecki, Tippett (Michael), Shostakovich, Lord Britten, Shchedrin and others, what they did was brilliant but - on the other hand - archived since the moment it was conceived. That beautiful and innovative music was nevertheless made mostly following the 19th century's prescriptions for melody making, arrangement, instrumentation etc. Jazz was actual but - at least from 1920s to 1950s - too 'light' to be 'serious'.

And then... 'all of a sudden appears a light, horizons open wide'. It happened in late 1960s, many people say in 1969, with In The Court Of The Crimson King, but I think it occurred in 1967 with Days Of Future Passed, with a little help from Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and much more help from The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. After the 50- years hiatus, appeared a music which was actual and 'serious' at the same time. Now we call it prog. Back in 1970s it was not just actual but even fashionable, trendy 'serious' music. Its prescriptions were partially inherited from 12th- 19th centuries but mostly original and self-made. Its foundation stones were laid down in 1970s, its paradigm was seriously renewed and upgraded in 1990s. Now, in late 2010s, prog is becoming more and more refined - and, at the same time, senile, still following the same high road and transforming into a sort of 'new classics'.

Perhaps Wobbler is a peak of the evolution of prog music. Or at least one of its existing peaks. Their latest album clearly shows that prog is nowadays close to its perfection - and has no way to go further in the same kind as before. No, Wobbler and other current bands do not simply repeat or reproduce the 1970s music. But the prog paradigm is evidently growing older and not likely to have as much capacities for renewal and upgrade as in 1990s. The 2010s prog is still 'serious', even more serious than in 1970s, but hardly actual. It's harder and harder for prog to avoid becoming archived.

Moreover, sometimes modern prog artists proudly emphasize their initially archived status, though they don't hesitate to use actual recording equipment and software. Lars Fredrik Froislie has a monstrous collection of vintage analog keyboards (Hammond organ, Mellotron, some fossil Roland etc) but does not use magnetic tapes and vintage analog recording equipment. No, he uses Sonar. Back in 2011 we had a short conversation on MySpace, and Lars revealed how happy he was to find two plugins which help to get a better sound...

In other words, modern progsters are not conservative or old-fashioned sensu stricto, they use the 2010s soft... to make 1970s-like music. And this approach meets full approval at their audience. Similarity to 1970s is considered a merit. But it's 'another cul-de-sac'. Tempus fugit, and soon new exacting listeners will experience a new critical lack of actual 'serious' music. As a result, a next 'serious' music's algorithm will be born, maybe again with long delay, nobody knows. I'm not sure but hope that Foxlight (along with selected tracks from Galadriel's Calibrated Collision Course, Haken's Aquarius and Lifesigns' Cardington) may become a part or a predecessor of that future algorithm. And anyway I'd prefer the remaining three tracks on the album From Silence To Somewhere to be as unwonted as Foxlight and less canonical than they are.

 Messages from Afar: First Contact by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.24 | 45 ratings

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Messages from Afar: First Contact
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by Han

4 stars The musicly masterbrain Anthony Kalugin has done it again! His child Karfagen grew and grew and reached the point of being adolescent. What a fine album this has become. Ive seen Anthony play live wirh Kargagen/Sunchild at the Progdreams V festival at culuurpodium Boerderij Zoetermeer, Netherlands. Line-up Focus, Mastery, Dave Kerzner, District97 and others. Mindblowing live performance, great musicianship by all members of the band. They deserve to be headliner someday! If you like instrumental prog this new album is a must have. Listen and close your eyes and drift away into a world of messages from afar and make first contact with Karfagen.
 Foxtrot by GENESIS album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.60 | 3264 ratings

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Foxtrot
Genesis Symphonic Prog

Review by FalconBleck

5 stars #7 Review

This album came to me as a surprise, when i first heard Genesis, i jumped straight over this album for some reason, and when i was able to listen to it... i wasn't really fond of it, the intro was nice, but everything else i ignored for some reason, then lightning struck and a signal from heaven came to show me a Supper's Ready video live performance, and i was amazed...

1.- Watcher of the Skies 8/10 This score might be seen as low for this song, but my problem is that the bass and guitar repeat too much the same parts, it's still an impresive song, the lyrics are aweosome and well executed, the Mellotron is doing it's job, i want a Mellotron mostly because of this song. The song starts to change little by little and comes into an impactful conclusion, really nice song, i just wished that they went with the song mostly like the last part, more changes.

2.- Time Table 8/10 Good lyrics and a really pretty song, it's really peaceful, a song that i would listen in a restaurant while looking at the sea with a woman that has a head of a wolf? But i remove 2 points because i feel like the song lacks more moments to make a difference.

3.- Get 'em Out by Friday 8/10 Really impresive at the start and then it goes with a really nice rythm that feels really industrial but the instruments make it feel natural in its own right, then it goes passive, back to chorus and back to pasive, this song doesn't move me that much because at some parts the lyrics get to theatrical, like they're being read instead of singed, but that's a minor part, then the song gets a little repetitive. The flute solo near the end is good tho.

4.- Can-Utility and the Coastliners 10/10 This is the song that made me listen to this album in the first place, it's absolutely well done, every member of the band shows their capacities in some time, and the song sounds pretty sweet. Songs like these show the talent of Genesis, and this also shows that the band could've used more Steve Hacket's talent!

5.- Horizons 10/10 And in the topic of Steve Hacket, here it is, pure talent, a song completely made and played by him, his own space in this album and maybe in the entire career of the band, playing like a piano on guitar, it's pretty nice to play it on the piano too, but in guitar is a completely different story. And i said, when i die, i want this song to be played at my funeral.

6.- Supper's Ready (in general) 10/10 Where do i start? I remember hearing that the band was afraid of doing more suites because of this majestic song that left the bar really high... this song is that epic! Majestic play by Tony Banks on the 12-string guitar? Yes, he was all this time the one that made that incredible first section, and then he goes into the piano and plays 4/4 while the band is on 9/8? He does all of that and more, and the rest of the crew are here at their best. This love song than suddenly turns into a happy song about war (?) then gets absolutely depresive, then crazy, then infernal and finally pretty emotional, in an epic finale. There is not another song like this anywhere, this is Genesis.

The final score is... 90/100, so it is obviusly an essential 5 star ranking.

 Messages from Afar: First Contact by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.24 | 45 ratings

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Messages from Afar: First Contact
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by Cylli Kat (0fficial)

4 stars Okay, my bad... (Really, really, really bad)... Usually, I will ALWAYS adhere to the listen and delete after 24 hours rule...

Four days later... This is still blaring through my stereo... I think (correction: KNOW) I'm going to have to shell out the money for this... Think: Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason Part II... But, decidedly different... There are some guitar and compositional bits that so remind me of David Gilmour, Steve Hackett, and then, some bits that remind me of Steve Howe... The album starts of with a vibe of "Learning to Fly", and moves on almost into a mid-period Yes... I'm much better with a guitar than words... All I can tell you is that this is a high quality album, and well worth your time..

I'm a guitar player, and a horrible reviewer of albums... (Sorry)... BUT: I know what I like; and I love this!!! If you can find it, give this a test run...

Well worth the time and money...

As always, your actual mileage may vary...

Grace and peace, Cylli (Jim Calistro)

4.62 on the progarchives score I love this, you may not...

 Messages from Afar: First Contact by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.24 | 45 ratings

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Messages from Afar: First Contact
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by MalenaRoss

5 stars Our world is quite wonderful in oh so many different varieties: feelings and smells, colors and emotions - all that are in our daily life can also appear in music. All these emotions and feelings you can "taste" when listening to Karfagen's album "Messages from Afar: First Contact". This opus is full of haunting popular motives. With Karfagen's unique individual harmonies and complexity within its compositional structures. From the very first heartbeat it's music takes you to another reality a different plain, where you so easily greet the sky and brush the wind, crossing the night skyline. You are astonished by the evolving change of picturesque landscapes. Ascensional lines of bass with syncopate guitars alternate with magic saxophone and much more mysterious voices from vale of dreams and golden fields of rye. Whilst the music rocks nothing can disturb your flight. However, when the travelling finally ends your mind is fully loaded like a rainbow in the brightest sky: boundless thoughts - that brings us so many messages from afar?Highly recommend to listening!
 From Silence to Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.58 | 183 ratings

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From Silence to Somewhere
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

5 stars I'd be very surprised if this isn't the album of the year for 2017 on most Prog sites and on my particular list. I really feel that they've gone that extra mile this time going into ANEKDOTEN and ANGLAGARD territories. Mind you the previous four studio albums are all incredible in my opinion. The debut still has this mythical feel to it for me. I remember back in 2006 taking my oldest daughter to a friend's place, they lived in this little village on the mountain and I played "Hinterland" for our journey. Memorable music.

Since they hired a new vocalist for the "Rites Of Dawn" album there is a YES vibe because he does sound very much like Jon Anderson. Even instrumentally I felt YES was an influence at times on that "Rites Of Dawn" album but not nearly so much here, in fact hardly at all except for the vocals. I'm a little sad that the list of instruments that Lars Fredrik Froislie plays isn't listed on here, maybe because it's a paragraph long. Here it just says keyboards and backing vocals. How about organ, mellotron, clavinet, electric piano, synths, keyboards, zither and grand piano but there's actually even more details to this. Impressive!

"From Silence To Somewhere" is the 21 minute opener and we get a guest appearance from Ketil Vestrum Einarsen playing flute and he's from JAGA JAZZIST. He also guests on the closing track with flute as well. Atmosphere builds before a full sound kicks in quickly. Love that in your face bass and the distorted organ starting before 2 minutes. A beautiful calm arrives just before 3 minutes. The synths and atmosphere bring YES to mind but when the vocals arrive well this sounds like YES during their classic period. Mellotron before 4 1/2 minutes then it starts to build a minute later as the mellotron becomes more prominent. It then picks up with flute over top then the vocals return. A calm with mellotron, acoustic guitar and more after 6 minutes. It kicks in again before 8 minutes with flute over top and vocal melodies. The guitar starts to solo before 8 1/2 minutes. It steps aside as the vocals return. An experimental calm then kicks in sounding amazing before 10 minutes. Love the huge bass lines and old school keyboards. Another experimental calm then the keyboards and bass return before it kicks into an insane soundscape where it's every man for himself(haha). The flute is back then it's the guitar lighting it up as it grinds away before the mellotron returns before 13 1/2 minutes. An almost silent calm after 14 minutes as some sparse drums then vocal melodies join in. Acoustic guitar takes over ala GENESIS. Atmosphere then rolls in. It kicks back in before 17 minutes with mellotron storming the soundscape reminding me so much of ANEKDOTEN. Passionate vocals follow. A calm after 18 1/2 minutes as reserved vocals join in. What a beautiful way to end it.

"Rendered In Shades Of Green" is a 2 minute instrumental with piano leading the way at first. It's melancholic as other sounds join in on this sad piece.

"Fermented Hours" builds right from the start and I really like this. A vocal melody follows then it kicks in heavily with keyboards over top. Vocals just before a minute in this uptempo section. Check out the bass! Some guest spoken words before 2 minutes and later on too. The singer is back signally a return to that uptempo and fiery instrumental work. A calm with keys, a beat and picked guitar follow as the mellotron helps out. Man this section starting before 3 1/2 minutes really sounds like IQ. It's building after 5 minutes with those guest spoken words. Love the mellotron and bass that follows. The vocals are back after 6 minutes followed by a mellotron storm after 6 1/2 minutes. Organ before 8 minutes as it settles right down. Here we go again! Not worthy!

"Foxlight" is the stunning closing track. It actually reminds me of CHICAGO's "Wishing You Were Here" classic until the vocals arrive. The flute flutters as the picked acoustic guitar and atmosphere continue. Some piano too as the vocals come and go. This really sounds good. Crumhorn too. It suddenly kicks in quite heavily with organ, drums, bass and more. Oh my! The vocals arrive as the bass leads the way into battle. Flute to the fore after 5 1/2 minutes then the vocals return. Back to the heaviness. So good! Check out the bass, drums and mellotron 7 minutes in as the vocals continue. Powerful is the word. Intricate sounds follow as we get a lighter but more beautiful section. Distant almost spacey vocals arrive before 9 minutes as it turns melancholic and mellow. Mellotron rolls in as the vocals step aside. Suddenly it all brightens as these upbeat vocals kick in with a catchy rhythm. Nice chunky bass and vocal melodies too. It's like a happy ending! I like happy endings.

I will be shocked if this isn't my favourite album of 2017. Got several more to get to yet.

 Musiciens - Magiciens by ATOLL album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.52 | 89 ratings

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Musiciens - Magiciens
Atoll Symphonic Prog

Review by poito

3 stars 3.5 La France gave birth to some of its main prog acts in 73-74, although it already had great grandpas in GONG. I have to admit I don't like French singing in prog, well, I generally don't like singing at all, but French is got a strong accent that distracts even more of the music. The coetaneous band Ange had this problem, even aggravated. Modern prog French groups are less aggressive in this, such as LAZULI or the impressive GENS DE LA LUNE. The vocals in ATOLL are more restrained too. The music is complex, with clear Yes and some jazz influences. To note, the album is coetaneous with YES first and more brilliant epoch, but it is not a copycat band anyway. Probably, the musicians were more mature than ANGE's, though the style is rather different. Spite of the pleasant listening, I miss some highs. It reminds me of some modern bands also following YES, they treasure great musicianship but they lack the genius composition. At least not in this one. The most accomplished tracks are the epic Le Baladin Du Temps and the closing Je Suis D'Ailleurs.
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Bands/Artists Country
21. PERON Turkey
5BRIDGES Netherlands
7 OCEAN Belarus
ABBHAMA Indonesia
ABSTRACTION LAYER Brazil
ACCENT Romania
ACHE Denmark
ACUITY United States
AD ASTRA United States
ADVENTURE Norway
AETHER Brazil
AFTER CRYING Hungary
AFTER THE FIRE United Kingdom
AGNUS Argentina
AGNUS GRAAL Brazil
AIRLORD New Zealand
AJALON United States
AKACIA United States
ALAMEDA Spain
ALASKA United States
ALBATROSS United States
ALMS Spain
ALPHA CENTAURY France
ALPHA III Brazil
ALTER ECHO Sweden
LEON ALVARADO United States
SERGIO ALVAREZ Argentina
AMAGRAMA Argentina
AMENOPHIS Germany
AMOS KEY Germany
ANABIS Germany
ANCIENT VISION United States
ANDERSON BRUFORD WAKEMAN HOWE United Kingdom
ANDERSON/STOLT Multi-National
ANGE France
ANGIPATCH France
ńNGLAGŇRD Sweden
ANIMA Argentina
ANIMA DOMINUM Brazil
ANIMA MORTE Sweden
ANIMA MUNDI Cuba
ANOXIE France
ANTARES Germany
ANYONE'S DAUGHTER Germany
APH…LANDRA France
APHRODITE'S CHILD Greece
APOCALYPSE Brazil
AQUAPLANAGE United Kingdom
ARABESQUE United States
ARACHNOID France
ARCABUZ Spain
ARION Brazil
ARS NOVA (JAP) Japan
ART IN AMERICA United States
ASA DE LUZ Brazil
ASIA MINOR Turkey
ASTRň United States
ASTURCON Spain
ATILA Spain
ATLANTIS PHILHARMONIC United States
ATLAS Sweden
ATMOSPHERA Israel
ATOLL France
AUTUMN United Kingdom
AUTUMN BREEZE Sweden
AVIVA (AVIVA OMNIBUS) Russia
AXCRAFT United States
AZABACHE Spain
BABYLON United States
BACAMARTE Brazil
BANAAU Italy
BANANA Argentina
BANZAI Belgium
ZELJKO BEBEK AND PODIUM Yugoslavia
BEGGARS OPERA United Kingdom
ROBERT BERIAU Canada
ED BERNARD Canada
BLACK SEPTEMBER United States
BLAKULLA Sweden
BLANK MANUSKRIPT Austria
BLEZQI ZATSAZ Brazil
BLUE SHIFT United States
TOMAS BODIN Sweden
BONDAR & WISE United States
BOX OF SHAMANS United States
BRIMSTONE United States
BURNING CANDLE Germany
BUSKER Canada
CAFEINE France
CAI Spain
CAIRO United States
CAJA DE PANDORA Mexico
CAL Spain
CAMEL United Kingdom
LOS CANARIOS Spain
CANNABIS INDIA Germany
ALEX CARPANI BAND Italy
CAST Mexico
CATHEDRAL United States
CELLAR NOISE Italy
CHAKRA United States
CHALCEDONY United Kingdom
CHAOS CODE United States
CHRONOS MUNDI Brazil
JOS… CID Portugal
CINEMA Japan
CIRCLE Germany
CIRKUS Canada
CITIZEN CAIN United Kingdom
CLAY GREEN'S POLYSORBATE MASQUERADE BAND United States
CLEARLIGHT France
CODA Netherlands
C”DICE Mexico
COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Slovakia
COTO EN PEL Spain
COUSINS & CONRAD United Kingdom
COVENANT United States
CRACK Spain
CRAFT United Kingdom
CRESSIDA United Kingdom
CRONICO Mexico
CROOKED MOUTH United Kingdom
CRUCIBLE United States
CRUCIS Argentina
DAWN Switzerland
DEJA-VU Japan
DELUGE GRANDER United States
DIALOGUE (DAWN DIALOGUE) Russia
DIAPASAO Brazil
DISCIPLINE United States
DOGMA Brazil
DORACOR Italy
DOUG WOODS & COLIN POWELL United Kingdom
DR. COENOBITE Netherlands
DRAGONFLY Switzerland
DRAMA France
DRUCKFARBEN Canada
DRUID United Kingdom
EARTH AND FIRE Netherlands
EARTHRISE United States
ECCENTRIC ORBIT United States
ECHOLYN United States
ECLAT / ECLAT DE VERS France
ECLIPSE Brazil
EDEN Canada
EGGROLL Israel
EIK Iceland
ELLESMERE Italy
ELOHIM France
ELOITERON Switzerland
EMERSON LAKE & PALMER United Kingdom
REDJY EMOND Canada
ENGLAND United Kingdom
THE ENID United Kingdom
EPIDAURUS Germany
EPIGNOSIS United States
EPISODE United States
EQUILIBRIO VITAL Venezuela
ESPIRITU Argentina
ESTRUCTURA Venezuela
ETCETERA Denmark
…TERNIT… Canada
ETHOS United States
EVERFRIEND United States
EX-VAGUS France
EXODE France
EXODUS Poland
EZRA WINSTON Italy
FAITHFUL BREATH Germany
FALLING EDGE Canada
FANTASY United Kingdom
FARMHOUSE ODYSSEY United States
FICCION Venezuela
FINCH Netherlands
FIREBALLET United States
FIRST+AID United Kingdom
FLAGSHIP Sweden
FLAME DREAM Switzerland
FLAMING BESS Germany
THE FLOWER KINGS Sweden
FL‹GHT Mexico
FLYTE Belgium
FOCUS Netherlands
FOREVER TWELVE United States
THE FOUNDATION Sweden
FRŃGIL Peru
FRIGHT PIG United States
FROMAGE Japan
FRUUPP Ireland
FUSONIC Netherlands
G.A.L.F. Brazil
GALIE Mexico
GENESIS United Kingdom
GENS DE LA LUNE France
THE GIFT United Kingdom
GLASS United States
GLASS HAMMER United States
G“TIC Spain
GOVEA Mexico
GRACIOUS United Kingdom
GRANADA Spain
GRAND STAND Sweden
GRANDBELL Brazil
GREENSLADE United Kingdom
GREYFIELD Spain
GROBSCHNITT Germany
SHAUN GUERIN United States
GUILDENSTERN Germany
HALLOWEEN France
HANDS United States
BO HANSSON Sweden
HARLEQUIN MASS United States
HARMONIUM Canada
HECENIA France
HELIOPOLIS United States
ANDERS HELMERSON Brazil
HIGH WHEEL Germany
TERUTSUGU HIRAYAMA Japan
HOGGWASH Ukraine
HOKUS POKUS Norway
LYLE HOLDAHL United States
HOLDING PATTERN United States
HOLY LAMB Latvia
HORIZONT Russia
HYACINTUS Argentina
I.C.U. Germany
III MIL NIO Brazil
ILVCIA Spain
IN SPE Estonia
INDEX Brazil
INFINITY United States
THE INNER ROAD United Kingdom
INQUIRE Germany
JACK INTVELD United States
INVISIBLE Argentina
ISILDURS BANE Sweden
ISOPODA Belgium
IZZ United States
JELLY FICHE Canada
BJ÷RN JOHANSSON Sweden
JORDSJō Norway
KAIPA Sweden
KAIPA DA CAPO Sweden
KAIZEN Brazil
KALABAN United States
KALO Japan
KANSAS United States
KARDA ESTRA United Kingdom
KARFAGEN Ukraine
KARMAKANIC Sweden
KHATSATURJAN Finland
KING EIDER Netherlands
KLOCKWERK ORANGE Austria
KOGAION Romania
KOTEBEL Spain
KVAZAR Norway
KYRIE ELEISON Austria
L'ORIENT D'‘ Canada
LADY LAKE Netherlands
LANVALL Austria
LŃQUESIS Argentina
LAZA I IPE Yugoslavia
LEGACY United States
LEI SECA Brazil
LEITMOTIV Canada
LETHE Netherlands
FRANCIS LICKERISH United Kingdom
LIFE LINE PROJECT Netherlands
LIFT United States
PńR LINDH AND BJ÷RN JOHANSSON Sweden
PńR LINDH PROJECT Sweden
LITTLE TRAGEDIES Russia
CAILYN LLOYD United States
THE LOAD United States
LOCH NESS Brazil
LORD FLIMNAP Israel
M-OPUS Ireland
DUNCAN MACKAY United Kingdom
MADAME CLAUS Argentina
MADISON DYKE Germany
MAGDALENA Japan
MAGIC PIE Norway
MAGIC SPELL Switzerland
NICK MAGNUS United Kingdom
MAGRATHEA United Kingdom
MAHOUJIN Japan
MAINHORSE Switzerland
MALDOROR France
MANDALABAND United Kingdom
MANDRAKE Japan
MANGROVE Netherlands
MANTICORE Sweden
MANTRA Spain
LA MŃQUINA DE HACER PŃJAROS Argentina
MARCO Mexico
MARYGOLD Italy
MASQUE PREMIERE United States
MAZE OF TIME Sweden
MEDINA AZAHARA Spain
MELVIN'S NOSEHAIR Netherlands
MEMORIANCE France
JACQUES MENACHE Mexico
MERLIN Germany
METABOLISME France
MEZQUITA Spain
MIA Argentina
MIDAS Japan
MIKLAGŇRD Sweden
MIKROMIDAS Norway
MILKWEED Canada
MARIO MILLO Australia
DAVID MINASIAN United States
MIND SKY United States
MINOTAURUS Germany
MIRROR Netherlands
MIZUKAGAMI Japan
MONA LISA France
MONOLITH United States
MOON SAFARI Sweden
MOONGARDEN Italy
MORGAN United Kingdom
MORILD Norway
MORSE CODE Canada
NEAL MORSE United States
TIM MORSE United States
MOSAIK Sweden
MOTH VELLUM United States
MUGEN Japan
JESŕS MU—OZ FERNŃNDEZ Spain
NAUTILUS Switzerland
IAN NEAL United Kingdom
NEGASPHERE Japan
NESSIE Belgium
NETHERWORLD United States
NEUSCHWANSTEIN Germany
NEVERNESS Spain
THE NEW GROVE PROJECT Sweden
NEXUS Argentina
THE NICE United Kingdom
NOSTRADAMUS Hungary
NOTTURNO CONCERTANTE Italy
NOVALIS Germany
NOVELA Japan
OAKSENHAM Armenia
OCEAN Germany
OCTOPUS (NOR) Norway
ODYSSICE Netherlands
OMNIA Argentina
ONE Argentina
ONIRIS France
OPUS Yugoslavia
ORION France
OUTER LIMITS Japan
PABLO EL ENTERRADOR Argentina
PAGEANT Japan
PALE ACUTE MOON Japan
PANTA RHEI Hungary
PARAGONE United States
PARTHENON Venezuela
PATCHWORK CACOPHONY United Kingdom
PAZZO FANFANO DI MUSICA Japan
PELL MELL Germany
PENTACLE France
OTA PETRINA Czech Republic
PETRUS CASTRUS Portugal
ANTHONY PHILLIPS United Kingdom
PHYLTER Belgium
PI2 Spain
PICTORIAL WAND Norway
PIG FARM ON THE MOON Venezuela
THE PINK MICE Germany
MICHAEL PINNELLA United States
PO«OS & NUVENS Brazil
POLLEN Canada
PRE United States
PRISMA Netherlands
PROGRESSION BY FAILURE France
PROJECT (ALSO KNOWN AS PPRY) Finland
PROTO-KAW United States
PROUD PEASANT United States
PULSAR France
PUPPET SHOW United States
PYTHAGORAS Netherlands
QUANTUM Brazil
QUATERNA REQUIEM (WIERMANN & VOGEL) Brazil
QUILL United States
R-U KAISER Chile
RAIN United Kingdom
RAINBOW THEATRE Australia
RAISON DE PLUS France
RAK Switzerland
REALM/ STEVE VAIL United States
RECORDANDO O VALE DAS MA«√S Brazil
REFUGEE United Kingdom
RELAYER United States
RENAISSANCE United Kingdom
RING OF MYTH United States
ROCKAPHONICA Argentina
ROCKET SCIENTISTS United States
RAIMUNDO RODULFO Venezuela
THE ROME PRO(G)JECT Italy
KURT RONGEY United States
ANTON ROOLAART United States
JAIME ROSAS Chile
ANDREW ROUSSAK Russia
ROUSSEAU Germany
RUMBLIN' ORCHESTRA Hungary
RUMPLE STILTZKEN COMUNE Switzerland
SAECULA SAECULORUM Brazil
SAENA Mexico
SAGRADO CORA«√O DA TERRA Brazil
SALMON Netherlands
SANDROSE France
GUSTAVO SANTHIAGO Brazil
SCARAMOUCHE Germany
SCHICKE & F‹HRS & FR÷HLING Germany
SEBASTIAN HARDIE Australia
SECOND MOVEMENT Germany
SENSITIVE TO LIGHT France
SEVEN REIZH France
SHADES OF DAWN Germany
SHADOW CIRCUS United States
SHARKMOVE Indonesia
SHINGETSU Japan
SHYLOCK France
SICHER Switzerland
SILVER LINING France
SIMON SAYS Sweden
SINKADUS Sweden
SIRIUS Germany
SIXTY-NINE Germany
SKRYVANIA France
SOCIAL TENSION Japan
SOLARIS Hungary
SOULENGINE Italy
SPHINX Multi-National
SPIN XXI Brazil
SPOCK'S BEARD United States
CHRIS SQUIRE United Kingdom
STARCASTLE United States
STENCIL FOREST United States
STERN-COMBO MEISSEN (STERN MEISSEN) Germany
ROINE STOLT Sweden
STONEHENGE France
SUBLIMINAL Argentina
SUPERNOVA Argentina
SURPRISE United States
SUSTAIN Netherlands
SWEDISH FAMILY Sweden
SYNOPSIS France
T-TAURI Netherlands
TABULA RASA Finland
TABULA SMARAGDINA Hungary
TAŌ PHONG France
TANTRA Portugal
TARANTULA Spain
TARKUS Brazil
TAURUS Chile
TAURUS (NETHERLANDS) Netherlands
TEMPUS FUGIT Brazil
O TER«O Brazil
TERPANDRE France
TERU'S SYMPHONIA Japan
TESIS ARSIS Brazil
THETA Japan
THIRTEEN OF EVERYTHING United States
THRILOS Poland
TIBET Germany
ARMANDO TIRELLI Uruguay
TISARIS Brazil
TOCCATA Mexico
TOMPOX Hungary
TONIC Germany
TRACE Netherlands
TRANSATLANTIC Multi-National
TRAUMHAUS Germany
TREM DO FUTURO Brazil
TRESPASS Germany
TRESPASS Israel
TRIANA Spain
TRILOGY Germany
TRION Netherlands
TRITONUS Germany
TRIUMVIRAT Germany
TRY Germany
‹NDER LINDEN Argentina
UNIFAUN Sweden
URBAN TRAPEZE Spain
MARIŃN VARGA Slovakia
VERMILION SANDS Japan
VERSAILLES France
VERTICAL ALIGNMENT United States
VESANIA Brazil
VIA LUMINI Brazil
VIA OBSCURA Germany
THE VOYAGER France
RICK WAKEMAN United Kingdom
WALLENSTEIN Germany
WALLY United Kingdom
WELCOME Switzerland
WHITE WILLOW Norway
WILLIAM GRAY Argentina
WILLOWGLASS United Kingdom
WINDCHASE Australia
WOBBLER Norway
X RELIGION Uzbekistan
XII ALFONSO France
XNA United States
YES United Kingdom
YESTERDAYS Romania
ZARAGON Denmark
ZEBULON Germany
ZEN ROCK AND ROLL United States
ZOMBY WOOF Germany
ZOUNDWORKS Netherlands
ZYCLOPE Spain

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