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KARFAGEN

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Founded in Ukraine in 1997

KARFAGEN (meaning Carthago) is a symbol of glory and wisdom, a never-ending journey into the world of the forgotten past and unpredictable future.

KARFAGEN is the brainchild of multi-talented musician and composer, Antony Kalugin. The name was first used in 1997, when Antony formed a band at school. While he was studying at the architectural university a year later, he began to record the first Karfagen compositions in one of the local studios, and a few tracks from this period can be found on the `Key to Perception' compilation from 2009.

In 2005 Antony Kalugin with his assembled musicians went into the studio to record `Continium', the first Karfagen album, which led the band to sign with Unicorn Digital (Canada) the following year. It was highly acclaimed by listeners, which inspired Antony to continue his work and release a second album `The Space Between Us' in early 2007. Later that year he signed with Caerllysi Music (UK).

In order to expand the boundaries of the musical landscape, Antony often collaborated with many different unique musicians. Therefore, in 2011 on the `Lost Symphony' album, Roberto Diaz (Cuba) from ANIMA MUNDI took part as an additional guitarist; in 2013 on `Aleatorica', Tomek Mucha provided electric violin and Sergey Klevenskiy added clarinet, whistles and flutes. In 2014 Mathieu Spaeter appeared as a main guitarist on `Magicians Theatre' as well as Pascal Gutman playing some stick-bass on the `Yuletide' track.

Karfagen is mainly an instrumental band that shows imaginative use of keyboards and guitars, classical and ethnic instruments. Their style can be described as symphonic art-rock with a hint of new-age, folk, jazz-rock and neo-prog in places. Their influences are CAMEL, FOCUS, HAPPY THE MAN, GREENSLADE, THE FLOWER KINGS, UK and KAYAK.

Also inspired by the composers Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Prokofiev, Edward Grig and Pyotr Chaikovskiy, Antony's compositions are always well-constructed and thoughtful. The sound is enhanced by such instruments as oboe, bassoon, accordion, violin, cello, flutes, saxophone and pipes.

In addition to imaginative music, every Karfagen album cover is picturesque and charismatic in the tradition of the classic progressive rock era.

Antony doesn't stand still. On one hand, the sound of Karfagen is unique and recognisable, but on the other hand, with each consecutive album Antony brings something new and specia...
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3.78 | 70 ratings
Continium
2006
3.15 | 64 ratings
The Space Between Us
2007
3.90 | 108 ratings
Solitary Sandpiper Journey
2010
3.99 | 251 ratings
Lost Symphony
2011
3.87 | 120 ratings
Aleatorica
2013
3.81 | 114 ratings
Magician's Theater
2014
3.90 | 135 ratings
7
2015
3.98 | 93 ratings
Spektra
2016
3.97 | 145 ratings
Messages From Afar - First Contact
2017
4.09 | 157 ratings
Echoes from within Dragon Island
2019

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4.73 | 13 ratings
Breaking Free Tour Live by AKP (Karfagen / Sunchild)
2017

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

3.97 | 58 ratings
The Key to Perception
2009

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

4.57 | 7 ratings
Seven Gates
2015

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 Continium by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.78 | 70 ratings

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Continium
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by Trinity S

5 stars Continium. Great beginning of an interesting story. This year, 2019, Karfagen has released their 10th effort. 'Continium' has really powerful classy tracks that most of the prog rock fans will enjoy for sure. It starts from 2 parts of 'a Winter Tale'. I saw both this parts live a few times now and can say they are Karfagen classics, always interesting to listen to. Leading Motif from this tracks are on the Sunchild's 'invisible line', bits of it on 'the Wrap' and I think on some more albums , it's like a sort of Antony's message - guiding line. Silent Anger is tasty 5/4 instrumental with knob accordion and lovely chord structure. Mariana Sobol did some cool vocalizing in the apogee of it. 'Old Legend' another, so to say, 'playing art rock ' piece. It has some nice vintage organ sound (Yamaha yc-45d) performed by Oleg Polyanskiy. Piano and guitar 'vivace' riffs and passages, mellotron. Interesting middle section. 'Amused Fair' is the first Karfagen officially released epic. Nice piano based intro with upbeat and uplifting mood. Gentle vocalizing by Tim Sobolev, who has appeared on a few more Antony's projects. (Sunchild 'the Gnomon ' latest Karfagen 'Dragon Island suite' and on 'the Space Between Us'). Mellotron flute solo is like an ice on a cake, love it. 'Marvelous Dance' is the track that Antony fairly thinks is one of his best compositions. I do agree it's so well structured. It's only 3 and a half mins but it's says all. 'Close to Heaven ' is a bonus track that is like a hit acoustic ballad, I think it logically led to the Sunchild, more vocal oriented music. Absolutely great album. Maybe the sound production of it is not so balanced and well crafted like Antony has on his latest works.. but it's ok to me. It's a great start of a band with big potential.
 Echoes from within Dragon Island by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.09 | 157 ratings

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Echoes from within Dragon Island
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars Kharkiv, Ukraine based Antony Kalugin can be described as nothing less than prolific with scores of albums released with the bands Hoggwash, Sunchild, Antony Kalugin's Kinematics Orchestra and his most productive of all KARFAGEN (which means Karthagoa symbol of glory and wisdom and also it is a never-ending journey into the world of the forgotten past and un-predictable future) which after only having formed in 2006 has just released its tenth album ECHOES FROM WITHIN DRAGON ISLAND on 11 Febr 2019. Returning with his unique mix of art rock and symphonic prog that evokes the majesty of bands like Camel, Genesis, UK, Pink Floyd and most of all The Flower Kings, KARFAGEN continues to ratchet up the intensity and ambitiousness as if the end of the world was near and cranking out one bloated prog project after another is of the utmost urgency.

ECHOES FROM WITHIN DRAGON ISLAND is perhaps the most ambitious project yet that tackles a grand concept albums based on the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson and graced by the stunning fantasy cover art of Konstantin Kanskiy. KARFAGEN went the extra mile to craft a pompous slice of modern symphonic prog that finds mainman Antony Kalugin conducting a massive army of 17 musicians with Kalugin himself playing keyboards, percussion, penny flute and handling all arrangements and programming. The album comes in two versions. The single CD which clocks in just under an hour's playing time and a limited deluxe edition that contains an extra CD that contains an extra eight tracks and slightly over 38 minutes playing time. Some are new tracks and others reworked versions of disc one.

Lush and flowing with melodies the primary disc of ECHOES FROM WITHIN DRAGON ISLAND contains three lengthy 'Dragon Island Suites' each which tells the tale of fairies and thoughtful little creatures in magical forests in a Tolkien-like setting. While the music plays out mostly in wending and winding instrumental technicalities, there are moments where the various vocalists have a turn to both sing and recite the poetic prose but overall the musical constructs are much more geared to a series of progressively delivered jaunts through the medievally tinged universe that seems to be more based on folk than any classic symphonic prog such as Yes, but it's not exactly the Slavic prog one would expect from a band from Eastern Europe and rather a Middle Ages type of folk that's somewhat Mediterranean and perhaps a little Celtic.

Plaudits to the superb production job on this one as every little sound is mixed perfectly in the greater scheme of things and despite the largess of instrumental representation it never feels like there are too many chefs in the kitchen. In fact the overall soundscape is rather sparse with instruments taking their turns in a rather civilized manner. This is dreamy prog, the very kind initiated by Flower Kings and happy bands like Moon Safari but most of all i get a Neal Morse vibe from this album as KARFAGEN take a similar approach of taking melodies to their utmost logical conclusion with plenty of proggy curve balls thrown around in the sprawling breadth of the 16 minute plus trilogy of suites. For the most part this is symphonic overload with more atmospheric counterpoints than actual rock instrumentation. Despite the heavy load of players on board, this one remains rather nonchalant and cruises by like a feather floating in the air.

For such a long album this one seldom really picks up steam as far as dynamics and tempos are concerned as the diversity is expressed through the timbres and tones of the various instruments as well as the time signatures and ambient backdrops. The harder rock segments that do occur are basically power chord moments and truthfully sound a little like progressive AOR even when the radio friendly guitar solos emerge. If you have the desire to go all the way with this one and find yourself with the two disc version then the second installment will bring you a few shorter instrumental pieces such as 'Flowing Brooks' which showcases the nylon guitar in tandem with lush keyboards as well as the single version of 'Dragon Island' and live and alternative versions of tracks from disc one.

If dreamy and airy fairy prog is what you crave then you can't go wrong with ECHOES FROM WITHIN DRAGON ISLAND as it delivers a crisp clean modern sounding prog sound that evokes the reverberating echoes of the past but clearly brings into context that of the modern era. As much as i try to love this, the album escapes my complete admiration for two main reasons. First is the lack of dynamism displayed throughout the album's run. For a near hour experience that are too few points of contrast as the entire shebang seems to take place in the clouds on a low energy chilled vibe sorta way. The album clearly lacks enough key moments of a energetic crescendoes. Secondly this is the sort of music that demands a talented vocalist or more to really step up to the plate and match the divine wizardry of the music itself and i find the vocalists on display to be a tad limited in their abilities to really weave their vocal magic around the tapestry of instrumentation. There is much to like about ECHOES FROM WITHIN DRAGON ISLAND as it captures the vibe of another distant reality but certain elements keep me from being reeled in completely and in the end derails my embracing fully its attempted magnificence.

 Echoes from within Dragon Island by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.09 | 157 ratings

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Echoes from within Dragon Island
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by Yeshead58

5 stars From the first opening notes this starts with the sound of ocean waves, and then we're off in true rocking Karfagen form. These guys (and girls) have NOT gone soft, although there are the softer moments that are built on strong melodies.

The standard of playing is their usual high standard that we all have come to expect from the band. Lovely string section from time to time, and what a change to hear a bassoon in a rock band! There was a band here in UK called Gryphon (I think they reformed recently) that used bassoons and crumhorns and I've liked that reedy woody sound they have since I first heard Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto.

And then there's Max's guitar, which is played in great harmony with the keyboards. They compliment each other perfectly. Interesting lyrics too; "spider and the fly watching ants marching by" - I love it! The lyrics remind me of a fairytale book I had as a kid. Still got it actually! There is also nice harmony between guitar and flute on My Bed Is A Boat. Amazing musical skills on display here! Dragon Island Suite 3 starts with mellow electric piano, then in comes the guitar accompanied by accordion. They've really "pulled out all the stops" on this album! But the pace picks up and we're rockin' again!

So is this album a masterpiece or a mistake? I'm very happy to say MASTERPIECE. The band have delivered another album of truly amazing Prog, and Antony Kalugin shows once again why he's the best keyboard player Yes never had!

 Echoes from within Dragon Island by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.09 | 157 ratings

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Echoes from within Dragon Island
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by Khachatryan

1 stars I'm probably a fan of other sounds, but after reading a dozen reviews that talked about a masterpiece, I'm wondering where the error is? What I feel is a typical, very clean prog, keyboard sounds too modern and ringing, with an excessive dose of new prog, and an impressive group of guests, which however cannot be recorded. After listening to the CD a couple of times I can't remember a single melody, and this is very serious for me mostly boring music and without flashes of genius: Their technique is not bad (even if the voice is rather anonymous ..), simply fails to impress me. I expected more from an acclaimed group with many years of experience behind me, but I can not quite understand what is so brilliant about it. two and a half stars just because I want to be realistic ...
 Echoes from within Dragon Island by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.09 | 157 ratings

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Echoes from within Dragon Island
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by Trinity S

5 stars Dragon Island. Amazing artwork that hooks you straight away.. I have huge collection of vinyls and can say to me it's a privilege to hold lovely looking sleeve. Say, 'Octoberon', 'Tales from Topographic Ocean ', 'Trick of the Tale' just to name a few. Honestly now, sometimes I give 'extra points' to the album with great artwork. Remember 'colors' by Eloy - wow. Unfortunately, There are not so many good covers nowadays.. how it's nice to see lovely one - 'hand made'. Overall, art rock starts from a cover that continues the mood of music. Prog lovers like to have real Cd, album, instead of modern pop culture where the 1 song rules, where the idea and meaning of an 'album' is almost vanished. That's why when you hold artwork like this, with fantastically gorgeous booklet and listens to the music it's multiple the effect! ) you dive into this fairytale world, so perfectly created by the author. Of course it's a matter of taste, there can be some pros and cons but particularly this album 'rocks'. It has its highs and pastoral 'lows', it leads you through the world where symphonic grace organically meets classical poetry. And it has delicious sound, not so over compressed like most of the modern bands produce. If you've never heard Karfagen, it's the right album to start with. And then return to 'lost symphony ', 'messages from afar' , 'magician's theater' , they all deserve your attention.
 Lost Symphony by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.99 | 251 ratings

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Lost Symphony
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by patrickq

2 stars OK, I have to admit that because Anthony Kalugin is the bandleader here, I expected Lost Symphony to sound like Sunchild. And to some degree, some phases of this album certainly could have fit on Messages from Afar: The Division and Illusion of Time, the Sunchild album which was a followup to a Karfagen album titled Messages From Afar: First Contact. (I'm a little confused!)

But Lost Symphony doesn't really sound like Sunchild, and whereas Sunchild is categorized here as "crossover prog," Karfagen is (undoubtedly correctly) considered "symphonic prog." However, just as Sunchild is really AOR with some progressive elements, on Lost Symphony, Karfagen sounds like 2 Cellos or Trans-Siberian Orchestra: they rock hard at times, but there's a commercial sheen throughout. There are also sections of which sound more like world-music-influenced new age, and others which wouldn't sound out of place on smooth-jazz radio.

All of this is done very well, by the way. The longer songs shift seamlessly among these different styles, and the shorter songs segue from one to the other nicely - - kudos to Kalugin's arranging skills.

The performances are superb. My son just observed that Kalugin solos like Jordan Rudess. I thought maybe Rick Wakeman, But I hear Wakeman everywhere. Anyway, Kalugin is obviously a keyboard virtuoso, and he's also an accomplished composer and arranger (he wrote 55 of the 64 minutes here). He and William Mackie produced Lost Symphony, whose sound is excellent.

In addition to Kalugin, the stars here are guitarist Alexandr Pavlov and flautist Vasya Ivanov, who plays on the Canterbury-tinged section of "Journey Through The Looking Glass" (which sounds like Snow Goose-era Camel to me).

So Lost Symphony is played well, and from a technical standpoint, produced and arranged well. From an artistic point of view, though, I don't have the taste for what I perceive as the commercial aspects of the album.

 Echoes from within Dragon Island by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.09 | 157 ratings

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Echoes from within Dragon Island
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by Walshy

4 stars The first thing to attract me to this album was the cover art .... I'm a sucker for a great bit of cover art and with this one Antony Kalugin has exelled in his choice of Konstantin Kansky has proved to be the right one and it really completes the package for me ... the limited edition double cd is well worth getting. The music is stunning , in many ways it's classic symphonic Prog ... but it is indeed symphonic in nature with many acoustic instruments accompanying and complementing the usual keyboards. There is definitely some influences from Antony's native Ukraine in the form of some local folk instrumentation and arrangements . Though classic prog in concept and execution, this album is ,by no means derivative... this is a sonic adventure which is quite irresistible. Put on your best headphones, pout yourself something nice and enjoy the 3 long (and one short) pieces of fantastic, accessible, melodic prog from a great group of phenomenal musicians.
 Echoes from within Dragon Island by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.09 | 157 ratings

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Echoes from within Dragon Island
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by ValeriyK

5 stars Who can tell this formula of great art rock opus!? I have asked Antony to reveal the secret of its creation.. how it develops and turns from raw sketches into the bright ambitious statement. I know Antony for some years now and always been his fan , his way and style of composing inspires me. I'm keyboardist as well (own a lot of synths) and can say Anton has cool sound of his keys always ) by the way he did some recordings of my good old Kurzweil k2500 and Roland fantom on his latest recordings . I really appreciate the fact that I can be involved in this process with 'maestro' to share with him my synth arsenal )) has With this album I was blown away by the arrangement and sound- production. Symphonic instruments and moog leads, mellotron and guitars placed perfectly into the musical landscape. And Viktor Sirotin is good on drums - fits album perfect as well! Nice vocals, especially I like a few vocalize sections. I will agree with all positive reviews regarding musical material of the album.. and there was no clear answer from Antony.. Magician?! Hard work?! Inspiration?! I think all components are there. And I'm glad to know him personally, to see and enjoy Anton's talent. Support his team. With 20 albums under different names, Antony without a doubt is a bright figure on the Prog rock Horizon! Ps. I'm not all time musician like Anton, but I do understand how much energy, time and yes, money needed to produce such album. So I'm outraged by those ones who rate this opus with 2 or even 1 star !! If it's not your music- just walk away.
 Echoes from within Dragon Island by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.09 | 157 ratings

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Echoes from within Dragon Island
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by GarfunkelSi

5 stars That causes no surprise that Antony Kalugin makes good symphonic rock albums. This is known. But it is always a matter of surprise how good each of the new ones is. After the "Messages from Afar" dilogy I was quite intrigued about the new Karfagen album. I wondered if Antony manages to make "Tales from within Dragon Island" on his high level of prog rock music creation. And by now I'm really happy that Karfagen tenth album is even better than I expected. It is true that it reveals rather a combination of Karfagen and Sunchild music than the pure Karfagenic sound. However, it collects all the advantages of the two projects sound leaving all the redundant behind.

The key part of the album is the "Dragon Island Suite". Part 1 and 2 is the monolithic structure that shows the best of symphonic rock epics. It can remind you about the "Thick as a brick" or "Tales from topographic oceans" by the similar structure, composition and concept. A lot of musical themes develops during the "Suite" and forms number variations that finish with the classical for the prog-rock epics reprise. Antony is very inventable about the composition, references and reprises, so all the 35 minutes of "Suite" are very intriguing.

The third part of the "Suite" contains even more unpredictable variations that are quite worthwhile to listen, although parts 1 and 2 are much more cohesive than the rest of the album. They divided from the part 3 by the short lyrical track "My Bed is a Boat" that is a great interlude and sounds like a simple melodic song.

Besides the accordion motives that remind about the "Magician's Theater" movements, an album turns back to the "Gnomon" sound. Organ and keyboard solo, interesting rhythmic syncops and similar vocal movements bring us back to this album from 2007. In my oppinion, potencial of the "Gnomon" sound manner wasn't exhausted by "Gnomon" or even by "Tales from within Dragon Island", so I like the idea to develop these sounds and concepts. A variety of transissions between the different themes in the new album (especially comapring with the previous one) also worths mentioning. By the way, it was interesting to find a few motives from the early Karfagen and Sunchild CD's.

The feature that brings the atmosphere to this symphony of sound is the lyrics, written by Robert Louis Stevenson. They are very inspiring and melodious and perfectly fit the mood of the album. The spirit of Romanticism that reflected in the Stevenson's poems fills also the music of the album and corresponds well to the Antony's style.

While there are still space for some compositional improvements and developments, "Tales from within Dragon Island" is the awesome example of monolithic album that deserves to be an unavoidable addition to any good progressive rock collection. It is really coherent and cohesive text that is interesting to explore. Besides, Antony is true to his habit of the optimistic and bright music creation. This makes his album an important exclusion from other novelties of 2019.

Limited edition of the album includes also CD2. Five previously unissued tracks recorded in different years are placed there. "Flying Brooks" and "Winter Rooks" catches the mood of this album very well and fits the sound of "Suite". At the same time, they are much closer to the traditional Karfagen music than the content from CD1. "Incantation"'s have a lot in common with some movements from the "Messages from Afar" and even from the "Seven" and probably were recorded during 2015?2018 period. This songs are not the essential part of the album, yet they are very interesting and quite worth listening, especially if you like Karfagen. I would like to notice the studio live version of "Alight Again", that touched me even more than the original one. "Across the Dark We Steer" also shouldn't be forgotten. This is very atmospheric song with the special mood that can be unnoticed because of his place on CD2. Missing it would be a mistake.

What's left here is to sum up that this album is one of the 2019 highlights and deserves to be marked as the wonderful fragment of the great progressive rock map.

 Echoes from within Dragon Island by KARFAGEN album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.09 | 157 ratings

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Echoes from within Dragon Island
Karfagen Symphonic Prog

Review by dannypereznec

5 stars Karfagen - "Echoes from within Dragon Island" (2019) Limited Edition (2CDS)

A new edition of the project of Antony Kalugin, Karfagen, is present very early in this 2019, in its two versions: a single CD or the limited edition in double CD. "Echoes from within Dragon Island", is the tenth album of Karfagen, a work more than generous by where you look or listen. It is a work of concept, based on the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson. The beautiful cover elaborated by: Konstantin Kanskiy, makes the first positive contact with the work. Of course, not everything comes through the eyes, that's true. But when you start to hear it, it hits, bluntly, the suite: "Dragon Island Suite" divided into 3 parts, the first 2 of which total more than 30 minutes and start this magnificent work. After a brief and beautiful acoustic track adorned with subtle winds, "My Bed is a Boat", which is achieving an increasing emotionality, gives way to the third part of the suite, Dragon Island ... to again exceed 15 minutes. The complete suite already gives the plate an absolute magnificence, leaving the listener imperiously trapped. In the company of 18 guest musicians, Antony, we stroll through wonderful and pompous musical moments where keyboards, and wind instruments (French horn, Whistles, Basson ...) combined with cuts with good electric and acoustic guitars plus vocals and choirs, achieving a perfect progressive symphonic combination of great beauty. So far, the entire first CD. After this immense and delicious first musical part and already entering in the second CD (limited edition), a series of instrumental short pieces follow one another, like "Flowing Brooks", with predominance of the wind instruments; "Winter Rooks", another beautiful theme played on nylon guitar in counterpoint with the keys. Further on, there is a new suite divided into 2 parts that total about 14 minutes, the charming "Incarnation", with a memory of Pink Floyd, a pleasant and relaxed trip. Repeat "My Bed is A Boat", this time in its instrumental version. This second section contains the single "Dragon Island", being the first section of the previous disc suite. The film, "Across the Dark We Steer", closing this edition and the work, we find a song recorded live in the studio in 2016, which is "Alight Again", limited version, which appeared on the album "7" of Karfagen (2015). Concluding this comment, do not miss this undoubted Masterpiece, created by the excellent musician, Antony Kalugin. I encourage you to say that "Echoes from Within Dragon Island" will be among the best 5 albums of 2019. Enjoy!!!

Daniel Perez

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