The Largest Fire Known To Man

This is the second album from the Dutch post-progressive band.  The music of A Liquid Landscape has a very cinematic feel.  This is a band that is more about emotion than complexity.  If you enjoy Pineapple Thief and Gazpacho you'll find much to dig into here.

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  • 12 years after their last release, Braindance are back.  One look at Sebastian Elliot and Vora Vor's photos you will think they were frozen in a time capsule.  Unless the Masters of Disguise are also the Masters of Photoshop they haven't aged at all.  Wow!What also hasn't changed is the sound.  Its classic Braindance and they are giving the fans exactly what they expect.  Sebastian's vocals have always drawn comparison to Peter Steele.  The music is a blend of prog metal - doom - electro-darkwave.  Typically the tunes are set against an epic scale symphonic landscape with an intense rhythmic pulse that allows room for Vora Vor and Crafty guitarist Tony Geballe to shred across.  Tracks are stitched together with samples lifted from film.  Masters Of Disguise is a conceptual work and the presentation is stellar.  The band has always had a relationship with the artists from the world of comic books/graphic novels.  One of the two booklets included is a 16 page comic drawn by Joe Simko.  The entire package is really over the top and quite gorgeous.  I'm emphasizing this because I know its an extremely expensive item and I'm sure cost the band a lot to manufacturer  Keep in mind - we didn't set the pricing on this.  Hopefully you are a fan of the band and can look beyond the price.
    $25.00
  • Limited edition comes with a bonus live DVD filmed in Melbourne, Australia."Karnivool, from day one, have made sure they are the kind of band who could do anything. From both a fan and industry perspective, the group has made it clear that anything should be expected and they will do whatever they want.While their second album, 'Sound Awake' didn't really spread its musical wings as much as the band claimed it would, their third record 'Asymmetry' certainly has. Those who may have jumped ship at the idea of more dragged out progressive rock will rejoice at the roller coaster ride the band offers on full-length number three.The bass heavy drum chaos that is opening track 'Nachash' is a tweak on the Karnivool sound, as if they were to remake 'Themata' today, with a refined, heavier sound that is simply bigger. This follows with a record stand-out, 'A.M. War', which is a little more math-rock musically, with the vocals opting to be less adventurous.That all changes on 'The Refusal', which is one of the heavier songs on the album, kicking off with gritty screamed vocals and thick guitar riffs. There is still a very atmospheric feel about the entire record much like on the previous release, songs like the seven minute 'Aeons' or the experimental title track, take their time and offer plenty of space within themselves for effected vocals or driving bass lines to shine through.The second half of the record changes things up again. It is mellower, more pop orientated and even at times reminiscent of front man Ian Kenny's other project Birds Of Tokyo. The latter half also lends itself to a little more experimentation, with the drum mess that is 'Amusia' and the creepy guitar number 'Float'.The band manage to channel bands like Tool and Porcupine Tree all in one for the huge closer 'Alpha', another highlight, thanks to its thematic changes, moving from a gentle piano laced opening to heavy riffs and chant style vocals.Karnivool sound like the band they want to be on 'Asymmetry,' a band that will keep you guessing for the entirety of a record and can move in any which way they like, while still making some form of sense." - Kill Your STereo
    $18.00
  • Excellent new sci-fi prog metal project put together by Carptree mainman and keyboardist Carl Westholm. While Westholm is probably better known for his involvement with Carptree he has also been working in the metal field for many years in bands like Abstract Algebra, Krux, and Candlemass.Westholm has assembled an interesting cast of musicians for this larger than life Ayreon-style project. First off, Mats Leven in handling vocals. Right there that is enough for me. Leif Edling, the driving force behind Candlemass plays bass and helps with lyrics. What else do you need? Various members of Carptree and others fill out the heavily symphonic sound lending an epic scope and feel. Highly recommended.
    $3.00
  • Stumbled across a reference to this Italian band on a forum and really enjoyed what I heard.  Bloody things cost a fortune and I was disappointed to discover that they are in fact CD-Rs.  Caveat Emptor.  At  least the music is great.Castle Fusion is a six piece ensemble.  The band has phenomenal chops and are not afraid to show it off.  The music also has a real sense of maturity.  I don't know anything about these guys but they sound like seasoned veterans.  The music definitely falls in the realm of "Rock Progressivo Italiano".  Vocals are predominantly in English although there are a couple of tunes with Italian vocals (and two instrumentals).  Its a really nice blend of symphonic keys, flute, sax, jazz-inflected guitar leads and a killer rhythm section.  These guys can really blow.  Fans of Banco, PFM, and Osanna should check them out.  Highly recommended.
    $16.00
  • Raccomdata Ricevuto Ritorno refomed and cut a shockingly good album called Il Pittore Volante.  A lot of these Italian bands from the 70s are reforming and offering up mediocre fare.  This wasn't the case with RRR.  They are now billed as La Nuova Raccomandata Ricevuto Ritorno.  This is a live recording from Elba in which they run through material from Per Un Mondo Di Cristallo, Il Pittore Volante, as well as a handful of covers.  I guess sometimes you can catch lightning in a bottle.
    $16.00
  • "Insurgentes is the new documentary film about Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) directed by Lasse Hoile. Porcupine Tree are currently enjoying massive success across the world with their latest album, The Incident. Insurgentes is a musical road movie that follows the making of his solo record of the same name, and is a portrait of an increasingly rare artist who works with music and media out of love and not for fame and fortune, persisting in making art on his own terms in a world where 'throw away' mentality is increasingly becoming the norm. The film features footage of Wilson with other artists and friends including Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth, Jonas Renkse from Katatonia, the Israeli superstar Aviv Geffen, and the legendary producer Trevor Horn."
    $9.00
  • Bad ass fusion session put together by Dixie Dregs keyboardist T Lavitz. The quartet is filled out by heavyweights Dennis Chambers (drums), Jeff Berlin (bass), David Fiuczynski (guitars). I'm not sure how much more I need to say about this - just look at the names and you know what to expect. For my personal taste the guy who really steps forward is Fiuczynski who impresses me more each time I hear something he's a part of. Some of the playing on this disc is so insane I just have to laugh. Highly recommended.
    $15.00
  • US/Italian progressive power metal fronted by a vocalist with amazing skills (and very long hair!).
    $14.00
  • CD/DVD digibook.  The DVD includes a 5.1 and DTS surround mix."Prog is, at times, a strangely divided world. On one side are the true progressives, fiercely determined to push music forward into the future. On the other side stand the stuck-in-the-mud individuals whose primary objective is to cling tenaciously to the ways of the past.Cheating the Polygraph is guaranteed to ruffle the latter camp’s feathers. A collection of Porcupine Tree songs reworked using big-band instrumentation and a modern-minded approach to arrangement, calling this album quirky would be something of an understatement.Some are likely to struggle to get past the superficial level of instrumentation, timbre, and tone – but beneath it can be felt the pounding pulse of pure creativity. On Cheating the Polygraph, timeless prog-rock tunes such as The Sound of Muzak, Heartattack in a Layby, Futile, and this long-player’s title track are all given superficially jazzy makeovers that actually owe as much to the influence of Frank Zappa as they do to less batshit-crazy genius bandleaders of decades past.For me, the band-falling-down-a-spiral-staircase groove of The Pills I’m Taking is a definite highlight – but that does nothing to take away from the masterful musicianship on display throughout every last microsecond of Cheating the Polygraph‘s running time. This eight-track album took five years to make, and the labours and love that have been poured into its creation are as tangible as they could possibly be when communicated through ones, zeroes, and soundwaves. Unsurprisingly flawless, but also unexpectedly addictive and moreish." - The Musical Melting Pot
    $20.00
  • "Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a remastered edition of the 1980 album by the Canadian Progressive Rock group FM, City Of Fear . The band began life in 1976 with CAMERON HAWKINS (Synthesisers, Bass, Vocals) and NASH THE SLASH (Jeff Plewman) (Electric Violin, Mandolin, Vocals) coming together as a duo, making an appearance on national TV in Canada in the Summer of 1976. By March 1977 FM became a trio with the addition of MARTIN DELLAR on Drums. The band s debut album followed. In 1978 Nash the Slash was been replaced by BEN MINK on Electric Violin and Mandolin. City of Fear was the fourth album by the band, released in 1980 and was produced by Synthesiser wizard Larry Fast (of Synergy and musician with Nektar and Peter Gabriel). This Esoteric Recordings release is the first time City of Fear has been issued in Europe and has been newly remastered and includes an illustrated booklet and a new essay."
    $17.00
  • New 2CD/DVD edition of the live set filmed at the 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands in October 2008. The 130 set includes a complete performance of "Fear Of A Blank Planet". As to be expected the camera work and overall production is impeccable.
    $17.00
  • Second full length studio album from this British band finds them with new vocalist Ashe O'Hara replacing the great Dan Tompkins.  This shouldn't be inferred that O'Hara is any less a vocalist than Tompkins - he's excellent as well.While the core djent sound is there the band has moved a bit more into a prog rock direction.  In general its less metal and more rock.  O'Hara's vocals don't go in the screamo direction that a lot of djent bands prefer.  The instrumental parts are still stupifyingly crazy but crazy in a King Crimson meets Tool way.  I'm not sure what the djent metal community will think of this shift in course but I like this new direction.  The old was good - to my ears this is better.  Highly recommended.
    $9.00
  • "David Rhodes has released his second solo album. Not a solo album, actually. Things are a bit different than with Bittersweet. The core musicians who were with David in 2009 and went on tour with him later have formed the trio that recorded the new album. They are David Rhodes himself on guitars, Ged Lynch on drums and Charlie Jones on bass. When they found all other names either lacking in or overflowing with meaning they settled on "Rhodes" and also gave the album that name.The sessions at which they recorded the songs in early 2013 were paid for through crowdfunding via the PledgeMusic website.  Though that took a slow start it soon took off and the required sum was made up quickly. Many Genesis fans contributed, as did the genesis-news.com themselves. No wonder that the GNC folk paid special attention as to how the project came along – after all, they were personally involved, as it were...With this support the band recorded a dozen songs, ten of which made it to the album. In Rhodes it is David Rhodes alone who wrote the songs and the lyrics. The music is much tighter than on Bittersweet, though. There is only bass, guitar and drums – no keyboards, no strings, no frills.What has been carried over from Bittersweet are the depth and the quality. Strength and magic are probably good terms to describe the poles between which the music moves on Rhodes. There are straight rock numbers as well as a melancholy waltz and groovy guitar pop.  David Rhodes' instrument plays a central role, of course. It is put to use in lots of different ways (frequently very loudly so) and receives the typical Rhodes tinkering. The rhythm group is at times energetic, at others sensitive, and Tchad Blake's accomplished mix adds that subtle special bit to the individual moods.The lyrics have something of the thoughtful way of remorse and of picking oneself up again that we know from Bittersweet, but here they are a bit less striking. David Rhodes' phrasing seems quite unusual at times; the phrase „slipping by squeeze between the glass“ is pronounced contrary to all usual stress patterns. That actually makes it all the more interesting.The album cover is another interesting thing – it shows a cow wearing a strap-on elephant trunk. David Rhodes explains it as a playful and surreal motive that brings up the question of identity: Can  identity be changed? Are all attempts to do so merely a camouflage? Perhaps cows do dream of the savannah and the elephant's trunk is how they live out their dreams. In any case he wanted something colourful that would catch the eye.If I Could Empty My HeadThe opener is a quick rock number with a light and driving rhythm and guitar lick, strong overdubs and a howling solo in the middle. The lyrics are vaguely self-contemplatory. The song showcases much of what the listener will encounter elsewhere on the album.Grinding WheelThe second song is a grooving complaint, though the lyrics read more like a set of instructions. The rhythm track fits well to this; it is a bit aseptic, subdued and cool, while the guitar solo on the other hand saws loudly.Ship Of FoolsAn eerie sequence of harmonies – it lulls you in comfortably yet it is subtly disconcerting at the same time. This is countered by an almost unrestrained chorus. The lyrics tell the familiar story of the ship of life that will sail into destruction without a helmsman. Rich atmospheres make the song very engaging.You Are The North WindThe strong trio can do sensible, too. Demure instrumentation, a clever rhythm line and word associations paint a broad picture of easy, passionate longing. Acoustic, percussive, warm.Monkey On My BackThe straightest rock number on the album. Big grooving guitar and staccatos from both the bass and the drums drive this piece forward. It is almost hypnotic in its simplicity. As far as the content is concerned, Monkey On My Back continues Monster, Monster from Bittersweet to a certain degree.Waggle DanceDavid Rhodes played this song on the Bittersweet tour. A swinging foundation gets your feet a-tapping and takes you into a sexy chat-up number. The lyrics knit amusing double entendres that fit the bees' waggle dance as well as human mating rituals.TimeA gentle waltz. Acoustic guitars. Despite rather remorseful lyrics about a "time" that was "not on our side" the music exudes much imperturbability. With a regretful undertone. A confusing song that wins over its listeners perhaps even because of its inner calm.Three Is EverythingThis may well be the song on Rhodes where David contemplates his own life. He sings about a family growing, about years passing – and the enduring dream of a place full of peace and comfort. Add playful choir embellishments and gently advancing, simple guitar sounds. Three Is Everything is the song on Rhodes that has the most grace, placidity and acceptance of life.My Blue BalloonA less flamboyant song. The blue ballon is to fly around the world and tell of the things it sees. It does so with static melodies and a chorus that does not stand out much from the verses. In the middle the song almost explodes.Be MineA thoughtful piece at the end that still exudes shy optimism. Tentative and choppy verses are followed by a longing, gently rocking chorus that moves into a brute guitar solo with which the album ends. The last thing you hear is the guitar being unplugged from the amp.All in all...The album is more recalcitrant than its predecessor, but Rhodes offers a big range of moods and thoughts. Reducing the music to a trio has directed it in the direction of Wave. Those who found Bittersweet Gabriel-ese in a way will now fall silent." - Genesis News
    $15.00
  • New remastered deluxe edition of what is arguably Fates Warning's best album. The standard album is accompanied by a second CD featuring the demos for the album. As yet another bonus you get a DVD with live performances from 1989 and 1990. You also get the promo video for "Through Different Eyes". This digipak set is packed! Highly recommended.
    $16.00