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    Posted: January 13 2009 at 08:48
Hello, all PA members, collaborators and administrators.
 
Please let me recommend a Japanese neo-progressive band Asturias to you all here.
(About two years ago some member has recommended this band...and now, again I will.)
 
 
Their music style is digitally constructed plus mixed with guitar, keyboard, and percussion etc.
The clear and romantic sound is one of the most excellent one of all Japanese prog bands.
(I beg your pardon but I'm a Japanese and I think Asturias is one of Japanese prides.)
 
Introduction of Asturias as follows:
 
ASTURIAS, the Japanese neo-progressive rock band, started their career in 1987, with cutting a demo-tape by YOH OHYAMA (composer, director, and synthesizer player).
Around YOH, as their leader, three or four members have gathered and released the first album <b>Circle In The Forest</b> from Crime label (King Records, Japan) in 1988.
Instrumental songs played by technical mixture of digital media (i.e. synthesizer), guitar, keyboard, percussion, etc. could move lots of freaks and get popular among them.
The second album <b>Brilliant Streams</b> and the third <b>Cryptogam Illusion</b> could get highly appreciated all over the world but after a while they ceased their production.
In 2003, ASTURIAS was re-unioned by YOH and several classic musicians. (He's changed his group name as ACOUSTIC ASTURIAS.)
<b>In Search Of The Soul Trees (Jurei)</b> constructed by the group named ASTURIAS was released in 2008 and they're now working actively as ASTURIAS. 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 13 2009 at 10:25
Suggestion noted, have forwarded it to the rest of the Neo Progressive team :-)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 13 2009 at 17:56
Thank you, Windhawk.
Domo Arigato Gozaimasu. (in Japanese)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 13 2009 at 22:20
I second the motion...I have looked for them several times here and was surprised not to find them.  The style reminds me of Mike Oldfield at times and, even though it is heavily programmed, has plenty of emotion IMO.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2009 at 06:41
Originally posted by kenethlevine kenethlevine wrote:

I second the motion...I have looked for them several times here and was surprised not to find them.  The style reminds me of Mike Oldfield at times and, even though it is heavily programmed, has plenty of emotion IMO.
 
Great opinion thanks Ken! Big smile
They are called as "Japanese Oldfield", and I should agree this!
Now folks...please listen to the beautiful programmed but lively sound!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2009 at 13:06
 
             Did you know the new Asturias album is already reviewed on Prog Archives Wink , see:
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 15 2009 at 02:43
Originally posted by erik neuteboom erik neuteboom wrote:

 
             Did you know the new Asturias album is already reviewed on Prog Archives Wink , see:
 
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2009 at 08:52
With 2 out of 3 members in Neo having made a decision; we passed Asturias over to the Crossover team. There are symphonic elements in the music; but not to the extent that we feel it would be a good fit for Neo (nor symphonic for that matter).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 22 2009 at 17:31
Originally posted by Windhawk Windhawk wrote:

With 2 out of 3 members in Neo having made a decision; we passed Asturias over to the Crossover team. There are symphonic elements in the music; but not to the extent that we feel it would be a good fit for Neo (nor symphonic for that matter).
 
Windhawk, I appreciate your discussion and consideration.
Asturias is great for us so I hope Collaborators could let the band join PA.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 21 2009 at 21:16
Forgive me I've not known about progressive rock completely enough, but I consider their style cannot belong to any prog genres because of their characteristic style.
Now I introduce their brilliant album Brilliant Streams here...

First I wanna say I love the word Brilliant Streams and always this word seems to be a cup of freshly-flavoured tea for me.

Indeed there are full of Yoh's intelligence and stubbornness (of course good meaning for us music lovers) for constructing the work.
But simultaneously there are lots of talents in the Asturias and they can make the work really brilliantly streaming, I consider.
The mainstream of their songs is pre-programmed sound and the members can cover the sound with their terrific play.
Especially, believe me, could you let me say Kazumi's drumming and percussion play is superb?
Without his strict rhythm sense, we can't realize this album as its name. :-)

The first track Highland can let us feel nicely-tasted cold water in a river somewhere.
In the song, piano, keyboard, guitars, and percussion...all instrumentals are exploded to be really clear and fresh.
At the same time, we can feel the hardness to live on the land. This song also has such a melancholic face, I always think.

Next track Nostalgia absolutely has a nostalgic atmosphere with classical piano play, strings, synth, and scat voice.
Hearing the song we can't help thinking of our old hometown, old friends, and child-period.
Yes, it should have such a nostalgic feeling and, on the other hand, let us foresee the future.

Rogus is the hardest number in this work. Low-toned piano and key, guitars with heavy riff, and hard percussion!
Can let ourselves push the top of the mountain up and throw away. Very amazing sound!

The highlight of this album Brilliant Streams is the longest song.
It has some parts of short pieces, including dancing and percussive part, beautifully-scatted part, and exactly streaming stardust with each brilliant play.
Sadly over-twenty-minute song is slightly too long to keep our mind concentrative continuously and suggest this titled track be one brilliant stream, not a song.
Naturally we can receive and keep the stream in our mind.

Lastly, I suggest their sound in Brilliant Streams can't hear purely progressive one but surely new-typed sound from Japan.
I'm very proud of ASTURIAS, as a Japanese!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 01 2009 at 00:27
...and after redefining the guidelines/definitions for Neo-Progressive, Asturias has now been added to the progarchives :-)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 01 2009 at 17:56
Originally posted by Windhawk Windhawk wrote:

...and after redefining the guidelines/definitions for Neo-Progressive, Asturias has now been added to the progarchives :-)


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