|#||Artist||Song (click to play)||Album||Year||CD label|
A new French band that seems to have an equal pedigree of hard-core grunge
and progressive music. The music is mostly improvisational with mellotron
(or mellotron-like sounds) and heavily distorted and sustained guitar notes.
I think it is pretty decent, but, not the classic that most other people
seem to make it out to be. The compositions are too simplistic to raise
it up to more than a decent album, in my estimation. It is a nice brooding
atmosphere that I like, though. It may grow on me, yet.
NeBeLNeST - Official Site
|2||Kenso||Kohan Nite/Zaiya Kara No Kikan||Esoptron||1999||Musea|
"Kenso is a long-running instrumental band from Japan
combining elements of symphonic prog, fusion, and
traditional Japanese themes. This is their newest
studio recording, 8 years since the previous "Yume no
Oka". While the lineup is the same, instead of
repeating the past they have cranked up their amps and
added a more aggresive rock sound to the mix. Here is
a short acoustic tune the segueways in to a longer
piece. They are scheduled to appear at Progfest 2000."
- Alan Mallery
Kenso - Official Home Page
|3||Teru's Symphonia||Wish||The Gate||1999||Musea|
|"Teru's Symphonia is one of the longest-running Japanese symphonic groups, their output going back to the mid 1980s I believe. Here is a track from their newest release. In the neighborhood of groups like Providence, Pageant, Ie Rae Shan, etc." - Alan Mallery|
|4||Shawn Lane||Peace in Mississippi||The Tritone Fascination||1999||Eye Reckon|
This is a guitar-virtuoso album. So, if you like music where the focus is
incredible guitar playing - this album is essential. The music is upbeat
and fun, like Gary Hoey or Mike Keneally. This is Shawn's 2nd solo album,
the first being "Power of Ten" which is way OOP and hard to find. The
song on today's show from the album is a Hendrix tune and really knocks
you out the way Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughn does. Shawn also recorded
several stellar fusion albums with ex-Mahavishnu bassist Jonas Hellborg,
including _Temporal Analogues of Paradise_, _Time is the Enemy_,
and _Abstract Logic_.
Shawn Lane Home Page
|5||Hedningarna||Ukkonen||Karelia Visa||1999||Silence Records / Northside|
Completely acoustic folk-progressive from Finland. Breathtakingly beautiful
vocals and captivating music. One of my new favorite albums of 1999.
Instrumentation includes violin, flute, Swedish bagpipes, lute, hurdy
gurdy, accordion, and assorted persussion.
|6||Runaway Totem||Andros Medomai||Andromeda||1999||Musea|
A new Italian take on the Zeuhl sound. The music is heavy and brooding
like Magma or Devil Doll. The vocals remind me of the attempted deep
vocals in the Japanese group Outer Limits. The music also has elements
of space-rock ala Hawkwind. Perhaps comparable to the French band Xaal.
Runaway Totem's eyes - the official RT website