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TELERGY

Crossover Prog • United States


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US project TELERGY is the creative vehicle of composer and multi-instrumentalist Robert McClung, who after almost two decades as an active musician in various genres decided that he wanted to create progressive rock in 2009. Enlisting the services of talented musicians worldwide, he set about to create and record a concept album based on the story of The Exodus from the Bible, and in 2011 the finalized product was released on CD, simply named "The Exodus". McClung is currently working on the second Telergy album, a production that seeks to be an epic tale performed and conveyed in an epic manner.

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4.08 | 7 ratings
The Exodus
2011
3.84 | 18 ratings
The Legend Of Goody Cole
2013
3.87 | 48 ratings
Hypatia
2015
4.71 | 8 ratings
Black Swallow
2020

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 Black Swallow by TELERGY album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.71 | 8 ratings

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Black Swallow
Telergy Crossover Prog

Review by alainPP

5 stars TELERGY is a group of a little genius who has performed in quite a few musical projects for a good 20 years; TELERGY is Robert McCLUNG a composer and music producer returning to his early love, in this case progressive rock and a bit of progressive metal and a bit of progressive rock opera and voila. "Black Swallow," the Black Swallow is the 4th album by this outstanding Emmy and Bilboard award winning musician. It is also important to announce your first listenings and emotions: PINK FLOYD, FLEETWOOD MAC, AEROSMITH, KANSAS, METALLICA, MEGADETH, QUEENSRYCHE, DREAM THEATER, SYMPHONY X, WITHIN TEMPTATION, SPOCK'S BEARD, MAGELLAN, COHEED And CAMPLORBRIA, EX RHAPSODY, AYREON, SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. He succeeded in bringing on his project members of STYX, YES, KAMELOT, KING CRIMSON, NIGHTWISH, MARILLION, TESTAMENT, VANDEN PLAS, FOREIGNER, DELAIN, KING DIAMOND, IRON BUTTERFLY, J GEILS BAND and the sulphurous female voices and their famous swaying hips of PINK FLOYD; you expect something strong, complex, varied, merged without having to listen to the hilarious story of this Eugene, everything should pass in the notes since we start on an instrumental album! A few artists including Tony LEVIN, Pete TREWAVAS, Dave MEROS, Stephen LILL, David RAGSDALE, Todd SUCHERMAN, Vernon REID or the talented Durga McBROOM are on hand to take you on a journey through this album.

"Georgia" with acoustic harmonica blues in intro, a nod to his grandfather, then gospel and pompous entry, symphonic, fusional and tugging on the grandiloquent with orchestra in back, brass in front and a country guitar in solo, confusing but innovative; to note a very hard and very complex guitar solo halfway through. You might as well say it right away if you have musical blinders, you will be surprised; if you have a progressive musical mind, you are going to have a stroke, then you will love and groove on this extraordinary intro; ah the organ is coming, how do you find it? Well, better than AYREON, that is to say, more focused, more progressive with this harmonica solo and this warm female voice, bordering on gospel and blues, the music at its origins; and when you know who sings you will be even more stuck, in short, insane; first of two songs sung. "Chased Pt.1" or a frenzied chase, violins supported and symphonic base, a counterpart to the intro of "Time" then David's magic violin; unsettling title. "Infantry" epic and grandiloquent rise on a martial step, a little "The Trial" and its pompous intro then it starts even faster and stronger on the tracks of a NIGHTWISH, an EPICA, a FREEDOM CALL, a RHAPSODY, a THERION without backing vocals or a Roman or Greek cavalcade with the fastest riffs of the album? the machine gun riff falls steeply then gives way to an angelic and airy solo, can -to be the most beautiful of the album, finally plaintive bagpipe to move us even more; emotion and teardrop sequence.

"Take to the Sky" and its low-level plane, rhythmic, melodic, atmospheric air and its siren voices, frenzied with guitar solo do you want it on a divine orchestration, a station wagon with acoustic guitar la "Wish You Were Here", then again this violin which reminds me a little of Jean-Luc PONTY or the group SOLSTICE or quite simply KANSAS, finally an angelic and serious choir until a dithyrambic finale, a pure moment of enjoyable happiness. "Marcelle" or a jazzy piano ballad, all that's missing is the beautiful Betty to make it perfect. "The Grand Duke" where the highlighting of his talents as a jazzy drummer and the clarinet, not far almost from gypsy jazz here as the rhythm is frenzied, small step of tap dancing, but where is Robert going? Well you will understand that we do not get bored in this instrumental opus.

"Spy" starts off with an orchestration of BOF with its spice of suspense, until the progressive metal cavalcade on double or triple pedal and nervous, dark and sly guitar; bang a sax just to taunt us and make us go on progressive rock like we did before, like in the days of PINK FLOYD like; little aside with a heavy bass then the guitar comes back galloping, twirling. "All Blood Runs Red" continues with the only title sung on a death voice which surprises a little, indefinable title, of BELIEVER in the background, a dark intro on the piano, choirs of sirens clinging to you to take you into the depths of the abyss, an immense latent crescendo rise full of rhythm, piano, trumpets, clarinet until this verbal deluge; a real snub to progressive maniacs who swear by the 70's, an ode to extreme progressive rock with the return of the flute and the piano at the end of the course to the herd of violins and the angry guitar, immense, good why I think of MERCYFUL FATE, I do not know anything. "Chased Pt.2" for a hard orchestral instrumental track, the keyboard forward here, we stay on 380 volts, it's rhythmic, it's fast, it's chopped, then digression with Mike OLDFIELD sauce superb and singular then a lewd guitar comes back to 4th gear. "Honor" and the final title, the ringtone to the dead, the funeral march on an air of spleen and hope, it has been a long time since I had used the word oxymoron which befits here perfectly, a little SIGUR ROS and a classical orchestration which takes all the space and all the measure of this final title, also sublime, simple but sublime.

Note 9 voice-over scenes with corresponding sound effects that link and explain the history of this famous Eugene, also note the bluesy, jazzy (fashionable in those times !!), military digressions of course and also digression towards gospel, towards the Charleston, to note my favorites with this presentation in good English of our hero and that narrating with accuracy on an ancestral voice of the beginning of the century, pure jewels which make it possible to connect the ten songs usefully and pleasantly; the little less of this concept comes in my opinion from classical orchestrations a little overdone and predictable, prefabricated but I have in my hands one of the best albums of the year just for the emotion and the sensitivity it gives off . 5 years to release a gem of progressive rock opera, art- music and so varied that even the term crossover cannot define. Be careful that the black swallow does not come to invade you in the same way.

 Hypatia by TELERGY album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.87 | 48 ratings

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Hypatia
Telergy Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars US project TELERGY is the creative vehicle for composer and musician Robert McClung (whose instrumentation includes: guitar, bass, mandolin, balalaika, ukulele, sitar, lap steel, piano, organ, synthesizers, violin, viola, flute, percussion, bodhran, tenor vocals and baritone vocals). His aim is to create and release conceptual albums under this name, utilizing guest performers for various instrument and vocal roles, in some ways comparable to Ayreon. So far he has released three albums, all of them revolving around historical persons and events. "Hypatia" is the most recent of those, and dates back to 2015.

"Hypatia" is an album with two different dimensions to it. The narrative cycles, which come across as weak, at least when used in this context, and the compositions, which by and large, are high quality and at best impressive. As an album experience the former are detrimental, but the latter makes me conclude that this is an album worth giving a shot anyhow, an album you should stick with a bit and give a chance or two. Those who enjoy orchestral music mixed with progressive rock and metal in particular should take note of this output.

 Hypatia by TELERGY album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.87 | 48 ratings

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Hypatia
Telergy Crossover Prog

Review by JohnNicholson

5 stars Hypatia is the third album by Telergy, a project led by multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Robert McClung. This new record has potential to enter many year-end top lists.

Both musically and story-wise Hypatia is built very professionally, with every detail being well thought. With its seventeen songs and the concept that is based on the story of an ancient philosopher and mathematician Hypatia, the album is constructed as a rock opera record. Due to the album's concept depicting the mentioned story, there is a feeling of record being similar to the film soundtrack.

Hypatia was a well educated woman who could stand up in front of men. Her name definitely deserves to be recognised and put near the greatest names of ancient times. Robert McClung and Telergy contribute to that.

As it was the case with other Telergy albums, most of songs on 'Hypatia' are predominantly instrumental, even though there are lyrics. There are no vocals on Telergy albums, but spoken words that are performed by Durga McBroom-Hudson acting as Hypatia, Bryan Hicks as Theon, Corey Glover as Synesius, Blake Carpenter as Cyril, Peter Kelley as Peter the Reader, and Almus Kentler as The Professor.

As implied above 'Hypatia' is built upon the great instrumental work based on symphonic and progressive metal. The album features guest contributors who worked with bands such Savatage, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Symphony X, Rhapsody on Fire, Kamelot, Yes, Supertramp, Jethro Tull, Kansas. These names get you closer to what can be expected from 'Hypatia' in the musical sense.

The artwork of the album extends visually to the whole concept.

With all said and done, I insist that 'Hypatia' is one of the best releases of the year. Don't think of finishing this year without giving a listen to this album.

 The Legend Of Goody Cole by TELERGY album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 18 ratings

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The Legend Of Goody Cole
Telergy Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars US project TELERGY is the creative vehicle for composer and musician Robert McClung. His aim is to create and release conceptual productions under this name, utilizing guest performers for various instrument and vocal roles, in some ways comparable to the Dutch project Ayreon. The first Telergy production, "The Exodus", saw the light of day in 2011. "The Legend of Goody Cole" is the second album of this kind to be released under the Telergy name, self-released in 2013.

Telergy's "The Legend of Goody Cole" comes across as an accomplished production on all levels. The manner in which the story is told is economical and logically assembled, the theatrical intermissions are well executed, and those who prefer to enjoy the story without the latter can do so easily. The music itself is of a high quality throughout, the star spangled cast of guest musicians contributing in a manner that elevates the total experience of this primarily progressive metal output. An album easily recommended to those who prefer their progressive metal to be a part of a conceptual framework.

 The Exodus by TELERGY album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.08 | 7 ratings

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The Exodus
Telergy Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars US project TELERGY is the creative vehicle for composer and instrumentalist Robert McClung, which he utilizes to musically conceptualize important stories within a progressive rock context, enlisting the aid of additional musicians as needed and when available. "The Exodus" is the first of these productions, and was self-released in 2011.

"The Exodus" is a fairly challenging, refined and varied run through one of the central parts of the Old Testament and Jewish history, a story told with music and cinematic effects within a contextual story framework briefly but effectively played out as a theatrical feature. The album features gentler acoustic pieces and instances of purebred progressive rock alongside progressive metal, and warrants a check by those with a relatively broad taste in music, who are fond of conceptual creations and don't mind a setting where religious names and historical events are explored.

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