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The Mesmerizing Prog Rock Vampiric Tale Continues

Nad Sylvan – The Bride Said No (Inside Out Music, 2017)

Swedish singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Nad Sylvan has risen to the top of the progressive rock scene because of his solo work and collaborations with Steve Hackett and Roine Stolt. The Bride Said No is his new solo album and continues the story he initiated with the acclaimed Vampiric album Courting The Widow.

The Bride Said No still has plenty of first class symphonic progressive rock inspired by 1970s bands like Genesis and UK. However, The Bride Said No adds a music theater element and masterful vocal interplay between Nad and his guest lead vocalists Tania Doko and Jade Ell.

Nad Sylvan is a generous vocalist. His albums always provide plenty of space to the virtuoso instrumentalists that participate in his recordings. The most noticeable difference I find in The Bride Said No is that there is less mellotron than in the previous album. However, keyboard lovers don’t despair, Nad and his colleagues provide plenty of succulent synth solos and majestic keyboards throughout the album.

 

 

 

For prog rock guitar fans, track 5 ‘What Have You Done” is true delight. Nearly half the piece features two outstanding, hats off epic electric solos. The first is by the grand master of progressive rock guitar, Steve Hackett. The second solo is by the equally talented Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Asia, Erotic Cakes). But there is more. If you manage to filter out the guitars (which is hard to do because they’re so good), you’ll notice remarkable bass work underneath by yet another master, Tony Levin.

 

 

Although Nad Sylvan’s vocals are superb throughout the album, on track 6, ‘Crime Of Passion,’ Nad stands out even more, delivering all vocal parts, lead and backing vocals. Guitars also play a leading role with Steve Hackett again, along with another regular collaborator, one of the busiest and finest guitarists in the prog world, Sweden’s Roine Stolt.

Another favorite is ‘A French kisses in an Italian Café,’ a beautiful laid back song with a trip hop beat that captivates you right away. It’s enriched with beautiful orchestrations by Nad Sylvan, Steve Hackett’s fabulous guitar, Tony Levin’s masterful Chapman stick and bass, and the delightful backing vocals.

 

 

The final song on the album is the most theatrical, with attention-grabbing interplay between Nad Sylvan and his female guest vocalists. It’s prog rock meets neosoul. This track has a hidden song. There are over 2 minutes of silence and then a pop song appears.

The lineup includes Nad Sylvan on vocals, keyboards, guitars, orchestrations; Jade Ell on vocals; Sheona Urquhart on vocals and saxophone; Anders Wollbeck on keyboards, programming, orchestration and additional sound design; Tania Doko on vocals; Jonas Reingold on bass; Nick D’Virgilio on drums and percussion; Tony Levin on Chapman Stick and bass; Doane Perry on drums; Alfons Karabuda on waterphone; Steve Hackett on guitar; Guthrie Govan on guitar; and Roine Stolt on guitar.

The Bride Said No is another captivating forward-thinking progressive rock album by the multi-faceted and talented Nad Sylvan.

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Dårskapens Monotoni

Kaipa Da Capo – “Dårskapens Monotoni” (Foxtrot Records, 2016)

Kaipa Da Capo is the current incarnation of iconic Swedish progressive rock band Kaipa. Guitarist Roine Stolt and two other original Kaipa musicians have recorded new music with vocals in Swedish.

“Dårskapens Monotoni” begins with the title track featuring epic symphonic progressive rock showcasing Stolt’s outstanding solo guitar work along with masterful electric organ, synths and mellotron by Max Lorentz. There’s fascinating interplay together with catchy, sing along vocal sections.

Track 2, “När Jag Var En Pojk,” is over 10 minutes long and begins as a great blues rock song. Halfway throughout the piece, the band shifts towards progressive rock with a spectacular organ and epic electric guitar that lead to climactic conclusion.

In terms of progressive rock, track 3, “Vi Lever Här” is the weakest song. It has an AOR feel with pop hooks.

With track 4, “Det Tysta Guldet,” Kaipa Da Capo returns to exquisite progressive rock. This piece has really strong Focus influence in the guitar, organ and arrangements. Although the keyboards also seem to have a strong Rick Wakeman influence.

“Spår Av Vår Tid” is a beautiful laid back song with a strong Genesis flavor in the acoustic guitars and symphonic keyboards. This track has the best lead and harmony vocals on the album.

Track 6, “Tonerna” is the longest piece on the album, bringing together progressive rock and jazz improvisation, featuring superior guitars and keyboards as well as saxophone. As expected, this composition has some of the best guitar and keyboard work on the album. Roine Stolt does not disappoint and delivers a fabulous ending.

The last song is “Monoliten,” a finely-crafted ballad with one of the best, and longest, guitar solos on the album.

The lineup on the album includes Tomas Eriksson on Rickenbacker and Fender bass; Roine Stolt on acoustic, lapsteel and electric guitars, vocals, Moog bass, grand piano and synthesizers; Michael Stolt on lead vocals, guitars, Keyboards, Moog bass, and tubular bells; Max Lorentz: on Hammond B3 and pipe organs, mellotron, Rhodes, cembalo, mini Moog, flute, vocals, piano, bass, recorder, tuba and percussion; and Ingemar Bergman on drums and percussion.

Guests are Merit Hemmingsson on vocals; Ludde Lorentz on saxophones; and Peter Lindberg on steel guitar.

Although we’re used to English vocals in many of Roine Stolt’s recordings, listening to progressive rock in other languages, in this case Swedish, has a special charm. Yet another great album by one of the busiest musicians in the progressive rock arena.

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Anderson & Stolt Release ‘Know’ Video

Jon Anderson
Jon Anderson

 

Anderson/Stolt, the collaboration between Jon Anderson (Yes) and Roine Stolt (Kaipa, (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic), have released a new music video titled ‘Know’. The song appears in the duo’s acclaimed first album, ‘Invention of Knowledge‘ (InsideOut Music). The video was created by Jon’s daughter, photographer Deborah Anderson.

 

Jon Anderson & Roine Stolt - Invention of Knowledge
Jon Anderson & Roine Stolt – Invention of Knowledge

 

Jon Anderson recently picked up the Prog God award, presented to him by Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin of ARW at the Progressive Music Awards 2016 in London.

 

Invention of Knowledge, Progressive Music Masterwork

Jon Anderson & Roine Stolt – Invention of Knowledge (2016)

Vocalist, songwriter, composer and painter Jon Anderson is going through a highly creative phase. Progressive rock made him famous and he is revered by several generations of musicians and music fans. While his former Yes bandmates are wasting time recording mediocre rock albums, in recent years Jon Anderson has teamed up with progressive music masters. He formed a band with jazz-rock violin wizard Jean-Luc Ponty and now he has teamed up with one of the great musicians in the current progressive rock scene, Roine Stolt.

Jon Anderson and Roine Stolt’s collaboration is titled Invention of Knowledge and this is full-blown progressive rock. Jon Anderson has created new songs infused with the magic that made Yes famous. For progressive-rock era Yes fans, Invention of Knowledge has plenty of connections to the Yes sound in the form of Anderson’s lead, harmony and overdubbed vocals as well as the bass lines and magnificent keyboard work. But this album does not sound completely like a classic Yes album. Roine Stolt has a very different guitar style from Steve Howe and the additional guests brought to the recording sessions add exciting new elements.

For me, this is an album that will prove to be timeless,” says Swedish musician Stolt. “In the way that you can put on a Yes album from the ’70s now and it still sounds fresh, so I feel people will be able to listen to what we have done here in 10 years’ time and it will still make an impact.”

Roine Stolt
Roine Stolt

The initial idea to bring together the iconic former Yes vocalist and The Flower Kings and Transatlantic’ virtuoso Roine Stolt came from the owner of the InsideOut label, Thomas Waber. “It was Thomas who originally told me that I should work with Jon Anderson,” remembers Stolt. “But at the time, Jon was just so busy that I couldn’t see any way this might happen.”

Luckily, the two musicians met at the Progressive Nation At Sea cruise. Mike Portnoy, a member of intercontinental progressive rock band Transatlantic proposed doing a couple of songs live with Jon Anderson. What was originally planned to be a 20-minute collaboration turned out to be one hour, with Transatlantic playing the first side of the Yes masterpiece ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans.’ Jon and Roine got along very well. “Roine and I had a wonderful instant connection when we met on that boat out of Miami two years ago,” says Anderson.

Jon Anderson
Jon Anderson

After that, ideas started flowing. Jon and Roine exchanged musical ideas across the Internet. Current technology enabled this transatlantic collaboration. Jon Anderson sent files to Roine with his ideas. Jon Anderson indicated that he wanted the freedom to go beyond a traditional album, incorporating musical traditions from any part of the world. Although Invention of Knowledge is definitely a progressive rock, it does incorporate global music traditions like tribal rhythms, sitar and other sounds.

Roine Stolt recruited bassist Jonas Reingold on bass (The Flowers Kings), drummer Felix Lehrmann (The Flowers Kings) on drums, American keyboardist Tom Brislin (the Yes Symphonic Tour), Lalle Larsson on keyboards and Michael Stolt on bass. The backing vocalists include Nad Sylvan (Steve Hackett), Daniel Gildenlow (Pain of Salvation), Anja Obermayer, Maria Rerych, Kristina Westas, and Roine Stolt.

Invention of Knowledge is a beautifully-crafted progressive music masterwork that brings together two highly creative minds. One of the best progressive rock albums of the year. Highly recommend.

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