Posts Tagged ‘prog rock’

Album of the day: Orne – The Conjuration By the Fire (Vinyl Reissue)

Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Svart Records are at it again, this time presenting the debut album from Finnish act Orne, Conjuration By the Fire, as a deluxe double LP reissue, properly mastered for vinyl with bonus tracks.

Originally released on the Black Widow label in 2006, Svart have now lovingly set this one out to pasture for all to enjoy once again. Featuring musicians from various backgrounds & genres on the Finnish scene, Orne are a throwback to the glory days of the early ’70s progressive rock dynasty. You crave Hammond organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes electric piano, guitar, saxophone, flute, bass, and drums, all in one tidy package?

Orne - The Conjuration By the Fire

Well, there’s plenty of that formula here, as the band evoke images of classic acts like Van Der Graaf Generator, Black Widow, Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Cressida, Spring, Uriah Heep, Finnforest, and more, but with so many influences running rampant here they don’t come across as mimicking any one in particular.

There’s a healthy dose of atmospheric folk going on here, especially on a tune like ‘Anton’, with its lilting guitar and yearning vocals, or the lovely flute driven ‘Island of Joy’, but for the most part there’s a wealth of classic prog in the form of adventurous pieces such as ‘A Beginning‘ and the Hammond drenched ‘Opening By Watchtower.’

Continue reading: Review: “Orne: The Conjuration By the Fire” – Sea of Tranquility – The Web Destination for Progressive Music!

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Album of the day: Diagonal – The Second Mechanism

Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: The Second Mechanism is the sophomore release from UK prog act Diagonal. Now, this band is quite a unique fit for Rise Above Records / Metal Blade, as they are as far from hard rock or metal as you can get. Diagonal are more […]