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Founded in 2009 as a multinational collaboration project

Multinational ensemble THE SAMURAI OF PROG was formed as a project lead by Finland-based Italian composer and bassist Marco Bernard. He's been active in the Finnish Association for Progressive Music since 1995, and have been involved in their Colossus Magazine since 1996 - and instrumental in the Colossus series of theme albums they have created in cooperation with French label Musea Records.

It was for a contribution to one of those projects that The Samurai of Prog was born, and joining Bernard as permanent members we find US artist Steve Unruh and Finnish drummer Kimmo Pörsti. Besides this core trio, the philosophy of this band appears to be to involve additional musicians as needed and wanted, and their debut effort Undercover from 2011 bears testimony to that line of thinking, with a list of guest appearances impressive in length, scope as well as quality.

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3.41 | 72 ratings
Undercover
2011
3.96 | 121 ratings
Secrets Of Disguise
2013
3.97 | 191 ratings
The Imperial Hotel
2014
3.74 | 116 ratings
Lost And Found
2016
3.94 | 153 ratings
On We Sail
2017
3.91 | 116 ratings
Archiviarum
2018
4.06 | 88 ratings
Toki No Kaze
2019

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4.19 | 8 ratings
Omnibus - The Early Years
2018

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 Lost And Found by SAMURAI OF PROG, THE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.74 | 116 ratings

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Review by stefro
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3 stars Formed during the recording of the Colossus Records/Musea various artists project 'Dante's Divine Comedy'(just one in a series of themed concept albums focusing on classical musical works and/or books) The Samurai Of Prog are a three-man collective who work in pretty much the same way as The Alan Parsons Project, with the core trio doing the bulk of writing and recording, whilst guest artists, some rather impressive, fill the gaps. Based in Finland, TSOP consists of Italian Marco Bernard, American Steve Unruh and local lad Kimmo Porsti, and since debuting have issued some seven full-length albums. And I mean full length. That's because your typical TSOP album usually clocks in at around 100 minutes, some times longer, and there is no shortage of full-on, symphonic, 1970's- style progressive rock to be had. Ever. Whilst earlier albums consisted of a mixture of original material and cover versions, later efforts, such as this 2016 effort, are completely original, and boy do Marco, Steve and Kimmo dig their classic prog. Clocking in at just under two hours, 'Lost & Found' is a beast of an package. Timewise, it's the other side of epic, and that's before you've begun to tackle the second disc, which features 'The Demise', a gloriously OTT epic which lasts a full fifty-seven minutes plus. Back in the day, artists who count as TSOP's major influences, the likes of Yes, Gentle Giant and Greenslade, were restricted by the amount of good-quality material you could fit on an album-length LP. Nowadays, that problem is no more, and group's like TSOP have taken the format from one extreme to another. Now, there is almost no limit to how long you want your prog epics to be, and as a result, you get albums like 'Lost & Found'. But, is it any good? Well, in technical terms, it's clear Bernard, Unruh and Portsi are all fine musicians, and there ability to attract some top European prog talent can be counted as bonus. In the 1970's and 1980's, Alan Parsons and Ed Woolfenden utilised the same formula, and a number of established rock and pop players, to enhance their albums content, and for the most part it worked well. On 'Lost & Found', TSOP are backed by ex-Pavlov's Dog guitarist Steve Scorfina, Unitopia vocalist Mark Trueack and former Glass Hammer frontman Jon Davison, to name a few, but the bulk of the instrumental work is carried about by the main threesome. The music is inventive, crisply-played and wonderfully-light, but also overly-slick, with the group's reliance of computer-generated sounds sometimes distracting from the album's overall feel. 'Lost & Found' is a throwback to the age of the 1970's, but sounds too much like an album made in the 2010's. The major problem, however, is of course the length. This is an album that could have easily been half-as-long and just0-as-good, if not better. The Disc Two track 'The Demise' is relentlessly overbearing, despite a strong start, and after 25mins most listeners would have surely run out of patience. In the end, 'Lost & Found' is the kind of album that deserves praise for it's sheer ambition and vision. Bernard, Unruh & Porsi are true modern prog titans. It's just some of us like our prog a little less titan-esque. Rich, elegant and full of strong musical performancea, this is still prime progressive rock, though it takes a stong will and plenty of spare time to sit through in it's entirety. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2019
 Toki No Kaze by SAMURAI OF PROG, THE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.06 | 88 ratings

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Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars "UPDATE INTERESTING NEW PROG"

This is a Finnish prog project that evolved from the collaboration between the Finnish Colossus magazine and the French prog distribution mail-order Musea. Between 2011 and 2019 The Samurai Of Prog released seven albums, this review is about its latest one, entitled Toki No Kaze (2019). Not every track is my cup of tea but Toki No Kaze delivers a lot of captivating and exciting compositions.

My highlights.

A Tear in the Sunset (8:07) : It starts mellow with dreamy flute and piano, then bombastic with exciting Hammond, synthesizers and classical orchestrations by Octavio Stampalìa (Jinetes Negros) and fiery electric guitar runs, blended with trumpet and French horn. It sounds like classical meets rock and prog (ELP). The climate returns to mellow with flute, then gradually more bombastic with fiery guitar and a churchy choir sound, and a brass synthesizer sound like Emerson. In the final part the sound gradually turns from dreamy to bombastic with awesome classical orchestrations, blende with trumpet, it sounds majestic, like the final part of a heroic movie.

Zero (7:40) : First dreamy flute and classical piano, then a catchy beat with a varied synthesizer sound and classical piano, by Alessandro Di Benedetti from Mad Crayon (one of the most overlooked Italian bands), soon joined by propulsive guitar riff and exciting keyboard sound. Then from dreamy with piano to bombastic with spectacular synthesizer work and propulsive guitar riff, and finally a slow rhythm with tender saxophone play, a very alternating and captivating composition.

The Never-Ending Line (4:55) : A beautiful, very mellow piece featuring warm piano and vocals, blended with spacey synthesizers flights.

Au Contraire (5:07) : First a sensational intro with violin and synthesizer (by Oliviero Lacagnina from Latte e Miele), then the music alternates between dreamy, mid-tempo and bombastic, with a very tasteful and varied colouring with instruments: from French horn, Hammond, piano, flute and piano to classical orchestrations, synthesizers and swirling violin, how exciting.

Reality (9:24) : This track features Japanese guest musicians Yuko Tomiyama (piano and vocals) and Alan Kamran Shikoh (on electric guitar). The intro delivers sounds and soft organ, then piano and warm vocals, majestic orchestrations and a sensitive electric guitar solo, this is wonderful and compelling prog. Finally tight drum beats, bass pedals and dreamy vocals, a beautiful conclusion.

The Spirits Around Us (5:59) : First a dreamy violin and piano, then a slow rhythm with moving violin and electric guitar, followed by a catchy beat with vocals, acoustic guitar and mandolin. Halfway bombastic eruption with swirling violin (Eddie Jobson inspired) and powerful electric guitar solo, the song ends with dreamy vocals and piano.

Think Green (6:30) : This is a very dynamic track that that contains fat ELP-like synthesizer runs (by Michele Mutti from La Torre dell'Alchimista) and swirling violin, fuelled by a dynamic rhythm-section, along strong interplay and powerful vocals.

La Magia e la Realtàa (6:20) : Here we can enjoy varied keyboard work from Elisa Montaldo (Il Tempio delle Clessidre), blended with emotional, Japanese vocals (also from Elisa Montaldo!) and wonderful violin, piano, classical guitar and flute, in a dreamy atmosphere. Then a slow rhythm and halfway an accellaration, it sounds bombastic with keyboards, guitar and violin, then Hammond and flute joins, and again wonderful Japanese vocals. Finally a sensitive electric guitar solo with tender piano runs, this is one of the best compositions on this CD!

My rating: 3,5 star.

This review was recently published on the Dutch prog website Background Magazine, in a slightly different version.

 Omnibus - The Early Years by SAMURAI OF PROG, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2018
4.19 | 8 ratings

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Review by Matti
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4 stars Good news for those who have finally found out how great band The Samurai Of Prog is and now wish to complete their collections with earlier albums that have been hard to get for a while: The 4-disc Omnibus box set is now available again. It contains the three first albums of this multi-national group of retro/classic/symphonic prog ambassadors: Undercover, Secrets of Disguise (2-cd) and The Imperial Hotel, partly re-edited or re-recorded, plus extra material of almost an hour's worth.

The two earliest albums concentrated on prog covers. Undercover (2011) covers e.g. 'The Lamia', 'Assassing', 'Jerusalem' and 'Dogs' from the output of major prog bands. However, right from the start there were some original compositions too. David Myers composed and performed 'Before The Lamia' for solo piano, and drummer Kimmo Pörsti composed an excellent lengthy instrumental 'The Promise', which appeared on a slightly different form in a "Decameron" set for various artists. The original bonus tracks of Undercover (ie. other artists covering the earlier Italian band of bassist Marco Bernard) have given way for better stuff: 'Journey to the Island' is a new recording with Octavio Stampalia, originally a John Williams piece from Jurassic Park -- as I found out by googling. 'Indictment Ever After' and two bonus tracks placed on the third disc are magnificent collaborations with Lalo Huber and Carlos Lucena of NEXUS. The third disc features also 'Karn Evil 9, Second Impression' (ELP) as a bonus.

Secrets of Disguise (2013) contains further well-made prog covers of an impressively wide spectrum, from 'Dancing With the Moonlit Knigth', Gentle Giant and P.F.M. to Utopia, VdGG, Rush and even the internationally quite unknown Finn Matti Järvinen. As the liner notes of Omnibus say, it was perhaps 'Sweet Iphigenia' composed by Pörsti and Linus Kåse that changed TSOP's course to perform original music instead of covers. The principle was pursued in The Imperial Hotel (2014), the first TSOP release I considered worth full rating. That album's gorgeous symphonic compositions are by the involved keyboardists, e.g. Robert Webb (of ENGLAND) and the forementioned Stampalia (JINETES NEGROS) and Kåse (BRIGHTEYE BRISON).

There are four more bonus tracks on this box set. 'Un Respiro e Tutto Cambia' is sung by Stefano Galifi of MUSEO ROSENBACH, 'Anatta' is a fusion-y instrumental composed by Christian Bideau, and 'Rimani nella Mia Vita' originates from LATTE E MIELE's classic album Papillon. 'La Magia e la Realta' is from the new [at the release time, forthcoming] album Toki No Kaze. All in all Omnibus is a wonderful cornucopia of both covers (of either well known classics or less heard prog songs) and original material in the symphonic prog vein. If you already have the albums (with admittedly more informative booklets), it's a difficult question whether to get this set too, but even in that case there's plenty of new delights.

 Toki No Kaze by SAMURAI OF PROG, THE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.06 | 88 ratings

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Review by Ovidiu

5 stars Here we have the new THE SAMURAI OF PROG album!This is always a major event in prog music and this time we can say again BINGO!Our beloved band managed to realise,possible the best TSOP album to date!It's absolutelly breathtaking from all the points of view!Starting with the amazing and unbelieveble artwork,again provided by the unique ED UNITSKY,and continuing by the wonderful musical message-an epic work of 75 minutes,we can say that we are spoiled again with something sensational and out of the ordinary!Au contraire,how the French are saying,this album is something like a peak in TSOP career!This album is truly magical and it's an invitation for a fantastic musical journey,it's so rich in visual soundscapes and has all the elements to be considered a masterpiece!The care and preoccupation of the band members for the visual effect and impact of the album is obvious!The booklet is sensational and all the digipak presentation of the album is magnificent!But the music itself is a pure ear candy for all good prog music lovers!This album is a culmination of all the talents of it's core members and all the musicians involved in this impressive project,are 200 % at their artistical skills!They deliver at maximum!!All the beauty and majesty of the vintage prog music is here,rich instrumentals and wonderful arrangements,great performances and superbe voices!The perfect balance between the instrumental compositions and the vocal tracks is just perfect!It's absolutely impressive the marvelous combination between the vocal and instrumental tracks,the sensation of unity and cohesion is perfect!What is even more sensational is the feeling thet the band seems to have an andless inspiration and an endless huge potential too,from the creative point of view!They are a body of work and they manage to deliver always excellent music,keeping the high standard of quality at the most elevate level!Without any hesitation,this is a 5 stars album and TSOP are definitelly one of the surest values of the actual vintage prog rock bands of our days!Congratulations and keep up the good work,guys!
 Toki No Kaze by SAMURAI OF PROG, THE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.06 | 88 ratings

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Toki No Kaze
The Samurai Of Prog Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
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5 stars It's already the third time that I rate a new TSOP album with five stars. But especially this time there's no slightest hesitation, because, in a word, Toki No Kaze is their finest achievement this far. I got this thought even before I had finished my initial listening of the album, and now after several listenings I'm more and more convinced. I am sincerely happy to review this one, hoping also that further reviews will follow. A strong candidate for being THE best prog album of 2019. BTW, don't believe the subgenre: this IS symphonic prog, hands down.

The hard-working trio of bassist Marco Bernard, drummer Kimmo Pörsti and American Steve Unruh (flute, violin, vocals) have again chosen excellent collaborators, some of them familiar from the earlier albums and some of them brand new. I don't know the meaning of the Japanese title, but the booklet accompanying the gorgeous (as always) multi-fold covers makes it very clear what is the inspiration behind the album: the legendary Japanese manga/anime artist Hayao Miyazaki, the co-founder of the Ghibli studios and the director of many celebrated animation films. Whereas the booklets of the earlier TSOP albums have featured information mostly about the musicians involved, this time we'll miss all that and instead we read of Miyazaki's life and films*, or their plot synopses, to be more precise. So, my only criticism comes for the lack of the musicians' introductions; in order to know the bands they are coming from, I have to google.

The nearly 75-minute album has 12 tracks -- five of them are instrumentals dominating the album's first half --, and they all are either very good or fantastic. The 8-minute opener 'A Tear in the Sunset' is composed by Octavio Stampalia. I'm not deeply fond of the harder-edged, brassy sections, but the piece is impressive in its grand cinematic style, and the delicate sections are very beautiful. 'Fair Play' by David Myers is a lovely little piece for piano, flute and violin. 'Zero' by Alessandro di Benedetti is a symphonic prog instrumental full of dynamics and CAMEL-like mellow beauty. Some superb synth solos here! Benedetti has composed also the fourth, ballad-ish track 'The Never Ending Line' in which Federico Tetti's English lyrics are sung passionately by Daniel Fäldt.

The playing throughout the album is absolutely enjoyable, and since the guests vary from track to track, there's happy variety in the arrangements; for example saxophone is not overused, and the keyboards are suitably diverse, just as they ought to be in classically influenced symphonic prog. Unruh's flute and violin have never sounded better. 'Au Contraire' composed by Oliviero Lacagnina is another grandiose, dynamic instrumental with a vivid arrangement. 'Reality' (9:24) is the second vocal piece, written by vocalist-keyboardist Yuko Tomiyama. I'm glad she sings in Japanese; her innocently clear voice functions excellently alongside the orchestral arrangement. English translation of the lyrics are printed. 'The Bicycle Ride' is composed by Antony Kalugin. Those floating Moog solos are lovely!

A perfect prog album has a balance between grandiosity and more delicate and intimate nuances. And this is a perfect prog album, I daresay. 'Castle Blue Dream' composed by Sergio Chierici features the lyrics and vocals of Steve Unruh. I confess that on earlier TSOP albums I occasionally got slightly fed up of his voice, so the more gratifying it is now to hear him singing better than before, in addition of sharing the album's vocal credits with several talented vocalists. His contribution as a lyricist, vocalist and violinist is strongly present also on 'The Spirits Around Us' composed by Danilo Sesti.

Luca Scherani has composed 'Nausicaa e i Custodi della Vita' which adds Italian on the list of languages heard on this album. Vocalist-lyricist Elisa Montaldo is as pleasant new acquaintance as Yuko Tomiyama. A fantastic vocal prog piece on the mellower end of the R.P.I. spectrum. 'Think Green' is a rather ELP-sounding, organ-dominated instrumental, and the final track featuring Elisa Montaldo is another mellow highlight. I'm simply blown away by the beauty of this fantastic album.

*) The Miyazaki films and the tracks they have inspired are as follows: (1) Castle in the Sky; (3) The Wind Rises; (5) Porco Rosso; (7) Kiki's Delivery Service; (8) Howl's Moving Castle; (9) Princess Mononoke; (10) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind; (11) Ponyo; (12) Spirited Away. If you're keen on anime, that's a nice extra plus for this album.

 On We Sail by SAMURAI OF PROG, THE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.94 | 153 ratings

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Review by elpprogster

5 stars Well... Its about 01:58 in this hot Summer night here in Porto, Portugal and I just listened to this Samurai of Prog album for just about 5 times in a row... Then I had to try to review it here, something I just don´t do for quite a while... I wont review it track by track just because I don´t have the same fellows here ability to do it... I just want to spot the highlights for me, beginning right away on the first song, quite keyboard based...Then Theodora, another vocal track full of emotion... Then The instrumental Ascension, wonderful track rich of musical beauty; congrats to the writer David Myers... Signore Oliviero Lagagnina also presents us here with another great instrumental, on which I recall some Rovescio Della Medaglia and Emerson Lake & Palmer influences; great... Then and finally, the last track, a sublime emotive farewell to Life from his author, the late Stefan Renstrom; it begins just gloriously, then is beautifully emotionally performed and also features a middle section again reminiscent of ELP, surely one of his musical influences... Strongly recommend this album... Five stars.
 Archiviarum by SAMURAI OF PROG, THE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.91 | 116 ratings

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Review by Ovidiu

5 stars Our beloved multinational supergroup THE SAMURAI OF PROG is back in 2018 with another exceptional release called ARCHIVIARUM!This is a 70 minutes amazing new masterpiece which consist of rarities and special recordings,as the album is presented by SEACREST OY,the band's record label!Of course, the first impact of this new album ,is the stunning presentation,gorgeous again,truly spectacular ,a fantastic digipak with an impressive artwork from Ed Unitsky,the sensational partner of TSOP from the last albums!Definitely,the band is giving a serious importance to the presentation of each album,but this one ,I dare to say is,maybe,the most spectacular and majestic to date!Fantastic colours and wonderful images,which fit perfectly well with the music!I won't repeat what other reviewers said about this album,my only humble appreciation is about the great quality of the music included on this album!The three main members of the band are surrounded this time again by some very competent and professional musicians and there's an impression of a true alchemy between all of them!The high quality of the composition is obvious,we are spoiled with some great vintage prog rock,and any fan of this great music genre will adore this superbe,magnificent compositions from all the heart!The production is sensational,as usual,the Rickenbacker bass sound of Mr Bernard is fantastic,the mesmerising violin of Mr Unruh is perfect and the drumming wizardry from Mr Porsty is precise as a Switch watch!All the vocals are amazing,they fit perfectly well with the music on all tracks... and the atmosphere on this album is so special and wonderful!Even we have a 70 minutes album,we don't have the impression of a long and boring album,no way...it's diverse,catchy and full of musical surprises!From compositions with a fusion vibe to strong old school of prog rock,everything is here perfectly well balanced in a clever mix,a true regale for the prog rock-vintage style-fans!Album after album,TSOP are proving an endless inspiration and they became a sure value of the genre,we have the certainty that each album of the band is better and better than the previous one,all the albums of the band they already have such a high musical quality,that it's almost impossible to find weak point of aspect in their music!I simply adore this album,I'll make many auditions with the same feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment that the music delivered by TSOP os truly wonderful under all aspects!For me this is a 5 stars albums,because everything on this album is perfect,both musical and visual!
 Archiviarum by SAMURAI OF PROG, THE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.91 | 116 ratings

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Review by Matti
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4 stars If I remember right, someone wrote Marco Bernard to be the hardest-working musician that the writer knew. Probably it was on the liner notes of The Samurai Of Prog debut album in 2011. It can't be very far from truth, considering Bernard's key role on the massive, international multi-disc Colossus projects, and the breath-taking pace of TSOP releasing new albums full of high quality prog. Wasn't the fifth album On We Sail (2017) released just a short while ago?

But then again, TSOP isn't a regular band; first off, the core trio of bassist Marco Bernard, drummer Kimmo Pörsti and vocalist- violinist-flautist Steve Unruh don't need to compose the music themselves. The first two TSOP albums contained covers of mostly well-known prog classics, and the next two, Imperial Hotel and Lost and Found, were based on (in many cases, 70's dating and previously unreleased) compositions of the featured prog musicians across Europe and America. Archivarium is actually a collection of recordings made throughout the years, none of the tracks having been on a TSOP album before. It contains compositions of the musicians that they have worked with, and (more or less re-worked) tracks that originally have been released under other artists' names on the mentioned Colossus projects (the Decameron trilogy, to be more precise). Making them now TSOP tracks is explained by the fact that the original recordings featured TSOP members.

'Keep the Ball Rolling' by Octavio Stampalia (of Jinetes Negros) is a fine prog instrumental with some ELP/Kansas/Genesis/Camel flavour. 'Ahead of Fortune' is an edited and remixed version of Eduardo García Salueña's [S.A.L.U.E.N.A.] track from Decameron III. 'La Oscuridad', in which Unruh duets with Michelle Young in Spanish, originates from the OCEANIC LEGION project that the TSOP guys had with Lalo Huber and Carlos Lucena (of Nexus, Argentina). This song is previously unreleased, whereas the other Oceanic Legion piece 'The sleeping Lover' (both are composed by Huber) appeared on Decameron II.

'Cristalli' (composed by and featuring keyboardist Michele Mutti of La Torre dell'Alchimista) is sung by Stefano "Lupo" Galifi from Museo Rosenbach. It's an enjoyable, at times fusionesque prog piece. Instrumental 'Elitropia' is a new mix of the Decameron III track of LATTE E MIELE, featuring keyboardist/composer Oliviero Lacagnina plus the TSOP trio. 'From This Window' was originally a demo from Kerry Shacklett; another one ended up as the On We Sail opener. - I sincerely like all these tracks. In fact, I'm pretty close to rate this with five stars (like I have done with two TSOP albums).

The 8th track is a CAMEL cover: the majestic instrumental 'Ice' is among my Camel favourites. This recording was planned to feature Camel keyboardist Guy Leblanc (who appeared on the first two TSOP albums) but sadly he passed away. Luckily this cover sounds suitably different from the perfect and unbeatable original, due to sax and violin. Oh God, I just love 'Ice', and eventually I'll love this version as well. 'Predawn' is a beautiful piano solo by David Myers, continuing the tradition heard on each TSOP album.

As a "bonus track" comes 'Heroes' (DAVID BOWIE), sung by Mark Trueack. This song was chosen by Kimmo Pörsti from the two suggestions of Marco Bernard's brother who turned 60. Well... this is clearly my least fave on this release. The problem is that it follows the excellent main album and its serene ending without a pause and thus brings a sudden anticlimax. This, and the fact that I already had some tracks on the Decameron sets, makes me give only four stars. Nevertheless, Archivarium boldly continues the excellence of The Samurai Of Prog releases, and especially if you missed the Decamerons, you'll have over an hour's worth of wonderfully performed 70's style symphonic prog. Recommended? Sure!!

 Archiviarum by SAMURAI OF PROG, THE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.91 | 116 ratings

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Review by mitarai_panda

4 stars The Samurai Of Prog is a very famous, actually very good cross-country forward rock band, despite the style of the cross before shaking, but I think it should be more symphonic shake. They basically each year a college, each more than an hour, there are some twenty or thirty minutes of epic. They released their sixth album "ARCHIVIARUM" this year. The band was founded in 2009, the Finnish composer and bassist Marco Bernard is the main brain, was Colossus magazine invited to do a series of stars album, the band was officially established, but each album will invite some other countries musicians Guest appearances. This year's new college took as long as 70 minutes, entering the lyrical moment after the ballooning piano + violin + flute opening, and the lead singer sounds very comfortable (not sure if it is a guest). Steve Unruh's violin seems to have increased its use this time, creating a beautiful, melancholic, classical atmosphere. Then it entered the grand sphere of symphony, multinational force at this time to play a role, the Spanish girl sounded, very epic, gorgeous beautiful keyboard and violin ensemble complement each other. It was followed by an Italian interpretation of the opera (but the flute was also brilliant) and a humorous Finnish folk song. Into the second half, the sixth with a similar guitar smooth guitar solo at the beginning, after exquisite concert and instrument competition so quietly ended by the flute. The seventh is the longest (but 10 minutes, however, much shorter than many of their previous epics), beginning with a long and gorgeous synthesizer keyboard, followed by a humorous polyphonic chorus similar to the modest giants, to be diversified attempts . The eighth guest musician at the beginning blew some of the most intoxicating saxophone, refined and elegant, feel every note is very well taken place, and then ... ... 咦? How did I hear the melody that is completely Camel "Ice"? Well, this song is also called "Ice", it seems it is a cover! This song is not prominent in many Camel works, but the main guitar solo is still very good, a kind of ice like loneliness blowing, and the cover of The Samurai Of Prog in fact, some resolve the cold A sense of warmth, and more beautiful sounds, the last crazy keyboard to join together with the saxophone arrived at the peak after sinking into the sea of ​​ice. After a period of soft piano tune, the last one is full of dynamic pop rock, saxophone is also in it, but in front of so many art rock some of the wrong. Of course, flaw does not cover the last one Yu! This is undoubtedly their best work, I think even more praiseworthy than last year's work even better! Each song is remarkable, especially the multi-instrument music complement each other and set off, the whole listening (I want to ignore the last one) is so cool, people can directly experience the beauty of art rock, an absolute The four-star half-praise! This year must listen to the masterpiece! Top Ten Candidates!
 On We Sail by SAMURAI OF PROG, THE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.94 | 153 ratings

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On We Sail
The Samurai Of Prog Crossover Prog

Review by Ovidiu

5 stars Well,well,well!Here we have another masterpiece of the multinational project called THE SAMURAI OF PROG!The new album is exactly what all TSOP fans are expecting !Solid prog rock compositions,attractive stylistic diversity and mature songwritting!Definitelly,this is a new musical triumph for the band,it's one of the best written ,composed of all TSOP albums so far!Even we don't have a mammoth track or extremely long and elaborated compositions,I can say this new album is one of the most organic and well structured albums of the band!There are all the superbe ingredients of vintage prog rock included and the very mature way of compositions is simply stunning!Maybee the word which express the high quality of this album is maturity under all aspects!The list of all the guests on the albums is impressive again,but despite that,we have a very monolythic album,with strong ideas and perfectly clear defined!Hard to say which compositions are the best,I must confess I made already 5 auditions of the album and I still have the same thrill and I continue to discover new things and emotions after each musical experience!And that's definitely the mark of the high quality of the album!Once again,the artwork of Ed Unitsky is stunning,the graphic aspect of the album is marvelous too!That's a prove of respect from the band to the fans,delivering the highest graphic quality too!So,overall a 65 minutes magical musical journey,full of emotions and musical endeavours,a prove that TSOP seems to have an endless inspiration,and also the fact that vintage prog rock is a guarantee of quality in music,something timeless and without any trace of dust!Without any hesitation I must say that this is a 5 stars album and I don't fear to use the word masterpiece to describe it!Wonderful indeed,one of the most solid albums in the last years in the prog rock community!All the compliments to the band for the will and passion to deliver such high quality albums to the good music lovers!
Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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