Italian band VIII Strada seems to have two personalities, a fabulous progressive rock band with memorable moments and a hard rock band that has nothing new to say.their latest album, Babylon, features great symphonic progressive rock keyboards and vocals combined with hard rock and heavy metal guitars.
Unquestionably, the best work throughout the album are the keyboard solos and arrangements of Silvano Negrinelli along with Tito Vizzuso’s lead vocals.
The lineup includes Tito Vizzuso on vocals; Daniele Zigliani on guitars and backing vocals; Silvano Negrinelli on piano, keyboards, and backing vocals; Sergio Merlino on bass and backing vocals; and Riccardo Preda on drums and backing vocals. Guest: Andrea Negrinelli on backing vocals.
Paralyzed is the second album by German rock band. Although the album was released by Progressive Promotion Records, the majority of the album’s content is a mix of AOR melodic rock and hard rock. Multi-instrumentalist Marek Arnold adds some brief symphonic moments to the mix.
The lineup on Paralyzed includes Larry B. on vcals; Manuel Schmid on vocals; Marek Arnold on keyboards, saxophones and clarinet; Ralk Dietsch on guitars, mandolin, vocals; Clemens Litschko on drums and percussion; and Denis Strassburg on bass and programming. Guests: Susan Kammler on oboe, Herman Schade on viola, and Dan Stein on vocals.
Temple of Switches is the self-titled debut recording by an American progressive rock band from Buellton, in the Santa Ynez valley in California.
While the keyboards, drums and bass draw the band towards progressive rock, the guitars shift back and forth from prog mode to hard rock mode.
The most progressive piece is the fascinating last track titled “Desert Sands” which has excellent bass lines, a slow heavy beat and psychedelic guitars influences. Also notable is the absorbing melodic interplay between the guitar and keyboards.
Album lineup: Kevin McConnell on vocals and keyboards; Mike Monda on guitars, guitar synthesizer and backing vocals; Jay Heffner on drums and percussion; and Joe Monda on bass.
On “Fantasy Absent Reason”, American band Ovrfwrd delivers a set of instrumental performances that fuse blues-rock jams, hard rock, and progressive rock.
The album opens with the lengthy titled track “Fantasy Absent Reason”. This piece features hard rock riffs, blues-rock, and some down tempo moments where the keyboards take the band closer to progressive rock.
Track 2, “Brother Jack McDuff” is essentially a blues-rock jam where the electric organ has the leading role.
“Dust Nova”, track 3, begins with a mesmerizing section of keyboards and guitar, some of the best material on the album. The piece evolves into powerful blues-rock.
Track 4, “Utopia Planitia”, features notable keyboard, flute and solo guitar work. It’s the most progressive piece on the album.
The final track is the delightful “Creature Comforts” where the band uses electric piano and guitar supported by the rhythm section.
The lineup includes Kyle Lund on bass; Rikki Davenport on drums and percussion; Chris Malmgren on keyboards; and Mark Ilaug on guitars.