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3.68 | 54 ratings | 7 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2022

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Rebirth (4:26)
2. Planets (7:34)
3. Days of Joy (4:30)
4. White Castle (5:10)
5. Solstice (6:00)
6. Night Visions (5:12)
7. Sky Lines (3:46)
8. Broken Promises (4:26)
9. Nights of Wonder (3:18)
10. Coming Home (5:38)

Total Time 50:00

Bonus CD from 2022 Limited Edition - "Karfagen - Land of Green Bonus Disk":
1. Horizons (Part 1) (7:34)
2. Horizons (Part 2) (9:10)
3. Shade of Green (3:00)
4. The Blossom (2:26)
5. Lunnar Trip (6:48)
6. Sleeping Beauty (Part 1) (3:12)
7. Sleeping Beauty (Part 2) (4:27)
8. Horizons (single version) (5:07)
- & for True Fans and Prog Rock Lovers:
9. Land of Green (3 Parts) (19:25)

Total Time 61:09

Line-up / Musicians

- Antony Kalugin / keyboards, synth guitars, programming, mix & master

- Max Velychko / electric guitar

Releases information

Basis for the album was composed and recorded in 2003-2004.
Revisited & expanded in April-May 2022.

Cover: Igor Sokolskiy
Label: Caerllysi Music
Format: CD, Digital
June 6, 2022

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ANTONY KALUGIN Rebirth ratings distribution

(54 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(28%)
Good, but non-essential (23%)
Collectors/fans only (15%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

ANTONY KALUGIN Rebirth reviews

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Review by Matti
4 stars Having reviewed the continuous chain of new albums by Antony Kalugin (whether under his own name or his band project KARFAGEN), I feel that with this work there's no urgent need to deal with the thread of the fatigue factor. Nor do I wish to think of the horrible situation his country Ukraine is suffering. This album made under such sad circumstances really proves the power of creativity and music as a torch. All the more so as Rebirth sounds sincerely inspired and hopeful -- and light, in a happy, good way.

Antony handles keyboards, synth guitars and programming while the electric guitar is played by Max Velychko. That's a rewarding deal indeed: Max has added organic strength that would perhaps be lacking if Antony had done everything by himself. Compared to the albums with the epic structure of 20-minute suites, Rebirth that consists of ten tracks (only 7:34 at longest) understandably doesn't attempt to be as symphonic. This approach covered the half of the preceding album Chameleon Shapeshifter (2021) in which the shorter pieces were somewhat inferior to the gorgeous epic piece. In that sense I feel Antony has now succeeded better as a composer of regular length pieces.

I enjoy the bright keyboard sounds on the opening track 'Rebirth', and the fine melody is nicely bouncing between keys and electric guitar. 'Planets' -- as the album as a whole -- makes me think of some post-80's MIKE OLDFIELD albums such as Songs from Distant Earth. 'Days of Joy' is, as the title suggests, among the most light-hearted pieces and pretty enjoyable. 'White Castle' features sounds that lead your imagination to bygone times and exotic places like Alhambra. A bit of BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, a bit of LOREENA McKENNITT (without vocals).

The entire album is very accessible and melodic, which shouldn't be seen as a weakness per se -- not even on a prog site. The melodies are beautiful in their sincerity, for example on the nocturnally sensual 'Night Visions' and the laid back 'Sky Lines'. 'Broken Promises' has a bit darker mood, but the album is finished by 'Coming Home' that radiates hope. Rebirth is a balanced and coherent album of light instrumental prog, easily worth four stars in my opinion. It manages to have a distinctive, warm and positive personality among Antony Kalugin's ever-expanding discography.

Latest members reviews

3 stars As I stated earlier in my review about the new Karfagen album Land Of Green And Gold, I am familiar with Antony Kalugin and his musical projects from the very first beginning. From Continium (2006), the debut album by Karfagen to Hoggwash, Sunchild, AKKO and AKP. On this new solo album Kalug ... (read more)

Report this review (#2986235) | Posted by TenYearsAfter | Saturday, January 27, 2024 | Review Permanlink

2 stars If anyone's read other reviews I've done of Kalugin's albums you'll see I've got a bit of a love/hate relationship. He's clearly talented at putting a composition together, but too much of his work screams of "prog by numbers", pandering too much to be inoffensive and just ending up with a beige ... (read more)

Report this review (#2849866) | Posted by bartymj | Friday, November 4, 2022 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I found 'Rebirth' on my initial listen a breath of fresh air. It is a change from Antony's previous releases. It is an easier listen that is instantly enjoyable. The album itself is in essence a rebirth of sorts. This is not so much a progressive album. It is stripped of the layers, it loses the ... (read more)

Report this review (#2778099) | Posted by Drmick1971 | Monday, July 18, 2022 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Lite and melodic. So easy and enjoyable to listen to. Picturesque territory where New age meets art rock! Yes there are some touches of Pink Floyd in some parts- in my humble opinion, it's only a compliment. The header track "rebirth" and "planets" are the Hit instrumental pieces, while the "days ... (read more)

Report this review (#2771844) | Posted by Trinity S | Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | Review Permanlink

2 stars We are in a horrible time for the Ukrainian people and can't even imagine the troubles Antony Kalugin is facing right now. I wish him and those close to him all the best. That said, this review is not about that. It is about his new record "Rebirth". I will be giving my opinion about the music ... (read more)

Report this review (#2771028) | Posted by WJA-K | Friday, June 17, 2022 | Review Permanlink

5 stars When your whole world is shattered by the horrors of your country being invaded and you are forced to flee from your home, spending several long weeks traveling across your country only to find, soon after settling there, that it was not the sanctuary you prayed for. Very little outside the safety o ... (read more)

Report this review (#2770607) | Posted by CAERLLYSI | Tuesday, June 14, 2022 | Review Permanlink

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