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January 25, 2015

Prog Rock Stream: United Progressive Fraternity-Fall In Love With The World

January 23, 2015

Progressive Rock/Metal Review: The D/A Method-Janissaries EP

Release Date: 24 December 2014
Label: Indie
While listening to The D/A Method and their EP Janissaries (that was dropped last Christmas Eve) I thought of bands like Opeth and Metallica and a few others along the way. It is like these bands had offspring and then there was The D/A Method.

Well let me tell you it works, and very well I might add. In three tracks they make their mark and I am certain if you like progressive rock and or metal you will love this music. 

This band of brother’s hails from Karachi Pakistan but they sound like they could be from New York or Boston, but that doesn’t matter because music is so universal. The only thing that separates them from where I sit is an ocean and a touch of their own culture within their music. 

If the world was like a gathering at a concert there would be world peace and harmony. No lines drawn in the sand and all prejudgments disappear in this world. I have been thinking about this a lot lately and when I heard that the band was from Pakistan it all came home to me in a heartbeat. Then they just blew me away and once again all those realizations about the beauty of music hit me square between my eyes.

The lead off and title track “Janissaries” is a killer 9 plus minutes of straight ahead progressive metal. It rocks, it stops, it starts, and then it takes you on a trip to the stratosphere of musical delight. When you hear the word EP you immediately think that it’s going to be short stay in the pleasure zone. The fact that this is prog makes it a worthwhile and a lengthy enough spin to leave you satisfied but wanting for more, which is a good thing too.

“Brave” (an excellent Katatonia cover) is over 6 minutes of hard rockin’ prog metal and Alvida Live at Satellite Recording Studios” and just shy of 5 minutes and it offers some nice passages of music influenced from their country and it again rocks and rolls its way into your heart. These days its 60 minutes plus for a regular release but this was so good that it did not disappoint at all in regards to the timeframe. I do want to hear more from this band without a doubt. The lead off track is hard to top but the succeeding tracks are solid and present the true colors of this promising band.

Give The D/A Method a good listen, I promise you won’t regret it.

4.5/5 Stars

Key Track: Janissaries

Tracks:
1.Janissaries
2.Brave (Katatonia Cover)
3.Alvida Live at Satellite Recording Studios 


Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Prog Rock Music Talk Founder
January 23, 2015
Review Provided By Prog Rock Music Talk

January 22, 2015

Progressive/Holiday Review: Trans-Siberian Orchestra-The Christmas Attic LP

Release Date: October 21, 2014
Label: Audio Fidelity

Trans-Siberian Orchestra or what I like to refer to simply as TSO, have been one of my favorite progressive rock bands over the years for their original and engaging stories and amazing live shows. I have had the privilege of seeing them live twice and realized that was the only way to really appreciate this great band. They have accumulated a nice catalog of releases over the years as well.

Their second album The Christmas Attic originally released in 1998 was made available for the first time on this stunning 2 LP 180 gram vinyl set late last year by Audio Fidelity. Last year was also the first time they brought their recording to their lavish stage sets across the globe. I am sure it was a magnificent thing to witness.

For TSO it’s all about the visuals that go with music, or the visuals that dance to the music if you will. After growing up in the age of vinyl and seeing the digital world take over its meaning has become more important to many people including an entirely new generation ready to embrace the format. It’s is a nice thing to see happening. This is a gorgeous set with 2 sturdy 180 gram vinyl LPs remastered beautifully with a stunning and colorful 12 page booklet with all the lyrics and artwork housed in gatefold sleeves. Rock, progressive, and classical all intersect with a powerful punch throughout this release.

I think this band has reached its goal of providing a rock opera with progressive music many times over. By the time The Christmas Attic (the second of a trilogy) was released they had a successful formula that has grown and developed over the years into something far beyond what they could have imagined or hoped for.
Wherever you may reside on this planet you cannot help but feel the joy and wonderment of the Holiday season when you listen to music like this. If you are a fan of concept albums and interesting rock music you will simply love TSO and what they have to offer.

Packages like this are a treasure to behold in this day and age of multimedia and digitized delivery systems. You can hold it in your hand, admire it, and listen to the clean and warm purity of music set to a vinyl disc. I suppose it does help to be a fan of their music but you cannot deny the essence and meaning when it is presented this way. Audio Fidelity knows how to get it all right and they appreciate the best ways in which to release a classic album. Each and every track is important and they all fit together like a musical storybook should.

The Christmas Attic will hold you spellbound with its ebbing and flowing tides of energy, across the board you get all the atmospheres that could possibly be associated with such a story. Don’t miss out on this special numbered and limited edition release!

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: ALL

Tracks:
Disc One

SIDE ONE:
1. The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve           
2. Boughs Of Holly               
3. The World That She Sees           
4. The World That He Sees           
5. Midnight Christmas Eve           

SIDE TWO:
1. The March Of The Kings/Hark The Herald Angel   
2. The Three Kings And I (What Really Happened)   
3. Christmas Canon               
4. Joy/Angels We Have Heard On High       

Disc Two


SIDE ONE:
1. Find Our Way Home           
2. Appalachian Snowfall           
3. The Music Box               
4. The Snow Came Down           

SIDE TWO:
1. Christmas In The Air           
2. Dream Child (A Christmas Dream)       
3. An Angel's Share         


Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Prog Rock Music Talk Founder
January 22, 2015

Review Provided By Prog Rock Music Talk



January 21, 2015

10th Anniversary CD Reissue & First Time Vinyl Release Of The Landmark Pink Floyd Tribute Album Back Against The Wall!


Los Angeles, CA - In 2005, Purple Pyramid Records released one of the most ambitious and extraordinary undertakings in music history, a monumental gathering of progressive rock superstars including members of King Crimson, ELP, The Doors, Jethro Tull, Yes, Toto, Styx and others who came together to recreate Pink Floyd’s epic art rock opera, The Wall! Produced by the multi-talented Billy Sherwood and dubbed Back Against The Wall, the project garnered tremendous praise and earned its place among discerning fans of both Pink Floyd and the prog rock genre as a whole. Now, 10 years after, on January 20th Purple Pyramid proudly presents a 10th anniversary re-issue of the CD set featuring all new artwork and 5 bonus remixes. Plus, for the first time ever, this amazing recording will be available on vinyl in a deluxe gatefold jacket 2LP set! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of rock music history - get Back Against The Wall!

To order the 2CD set: http://geni.us/EfM
To order the 2LP vinyl set: http://geni.us/Fsk
To download on iTunes: http://geni.us/1tWf

DISC 1
1. In The Flesh? feat. Adrian Belew, Alan White & Steve Porcaro
2. The Thin Ice feat. Ian Anderson & Tony Levin
3. Another Brick In The Wall Part 1 feat. Steve Morse & Billy Sherwood
4. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives feat. Billy Sherwood & Vinnie Coliauta
5. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 feat. Fee Waybill, Ronnie Montrose & Mike Porcaro
6. Mother feat. John Wetton, Adrian Belew & Alan White
7. Goodbye Blue Sky feat. Steve Howe & Billy Sherwood
8. Empty Spaces feat. Billy Sherwood & Robby Krieger
9. Young Lust feat. Glenn Hughes
10. One Of My Turns feat. Tommy Shaw
11. Don’t Leave Me Now feat. Tommy Shaw & Robby Krieger
12. Another Brick In The Wall Part 3 feat. Steve Lukather & Tony Levin
13. Goodbye Cruel World feat. Billy Sherwood & Tony Levin

DISC 2
1. Hey You feat. John Wetton, Steve Lukather, Tommy Shaw & Alan White
2. Is There Anybody Out There? feat. Adrian Belew & Billy Sherwood
3. Nobody Home feat. Rick Wakeman
4. Vera feat. Tommy Shaw & Steve Howe
5. Bring The Boys Back Home feat. Billy Sherwood & Jay Schellen
6. Comfortably Numb feat. Chris Squire & Alan White
7. The Show Must Go On feat. Adrian Belew & Vinnie Coliauta
8. In The Flesh feat. Billy Sherwood, Steve Porcaro & Vinnie Coliauta
9. Run Like Hell feat. Jason Chefe, Dweezil Zappa & Tony Kaye
10. Waiting For The Worms feat. Billy Sherwood, Tony Levin & Vinnie Caliauta
11. Stop feat. Billy Sherwood
12. The Trial feat. Malcolm McDowell
13. Outside The Wall feat. Billy Sherwood
BONUS TRACKS
14. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Electro Remix)
15. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (House Remix)
16. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Radio Remix)
17. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Dub Remix)
18. Comfortably Numb (Blackburner Remix)

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com

CLEOPATRA RECORDS, Inc.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
www.CleopatraRecords.com

Featured Track: The D/A Method-Janissaries

The D/A Method hails from Karachi Pakistan and however far you may be away from where they reside, there is no distance between them, listeners, and their own brand of progressive rock. Music is universal like that, its makes us one world, a union of souls with a love for music.

With their recently released taster EP Janissarieswhich is the focus of this feature, they serve up over 9 minutes of rockin' progressive diversity. I think if they were looking to show what they bring to the table this was a good choice.

The track features marvelous instrumentation, an ever changing pace and fantastic vocals. It's the whole package. This clearly defines progressive rock in every way.

MuzikMan Rating: 5/5 

 
More About The D/A Method:
https://www.facebook.com/TheDAMethod

The D/A Method are:
Umair Dar
Talha Alvie
Usama Siddiq
Istvan Csabai

The D/A Method is a progressive rock band from Pakistan. With its members having spent significant portions of their lives in both Pakistan and the West, the band combines influences from classic rock, grunge, and metal with a touch of traditional Pakistani flavor to create their unique, progressive sound.