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Stelios Gatziolis – Sphere of Resonance

Posted in CD, Metal, Rock with tags , , , on 24th February 2019 by mickbirchy

Stelios Gatziolis

Sphere of Resonance

Instrumental, Progressive Rock

Released: 30th September 2018

Self Released

 

 

What do I say about this one? It’s weird, I mean I grew up listening to a menagerie of different rock and metal styles. One of the records I loved was Surfing With The Alien by Joe Satriani. From there on in I always made time to instrumental records done well. So, here I am listening to the new EP by Stelios Gatziolis and I’m not getting into it. I don’t know there really feels like there is something missing from this and I can’t put my finger on it at all. The new EP, Sphere of Resonance dropped last year and it’s done well for the solo guitarist. As well as that, this EP features ex-Dream Theatre keyboardist Derek Sherinian, who put his seal of approval on Stelios’ playing by featuring on the tune “Doomgazer”. Not a bad endorsement at all.

The four-track EP is relatively impressive from a technical level. The intricate guitar skill of Stelios is really impressive. The way he weaves in and out of melodies is awesome, it really is a captivating listening experience. The backing band creates a nice backdrop for the guitar to truly shine. The heavy booming bass perfectly syncs up with the well-executed drum work. The keyboard and synths add a really nice atmosphere to the tunes. The guitar playing is slick and you soon pick up on his playing style. As each song has a slightly different variant on this style. The songs all play on the rule of tension and release. Each song builds up the tension and then has a massive payoff of guitar goodness. The song featuring Derek Sherinian, “Doomgazer” probably uses this technique the best.

Unfortunately for all of its positives I still can not get into it. For the most part, it just feels soulless. It just feels like a passion project that was meant for the artist himself and no one else. In fact, it feels like a demo to a much bigger project yet to be released. Unfortunately, I don’t know if such a project is on the way but I hope it is. You know, to justify this EP’s existence. The songs, whilst impressive on a technical level, are meandering and trite. I’m fine with ‘progressive’ music but this feels like a jam session that was recorded and released.

It’s decent enough and I stand by both parts of my review. From a technical view, it’s really good. Yet, at an entertainment level, it’s a little toothless for me.

2.5/5

Mick Birchall

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Von Hertzen Brothers: new video and UK shows

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 30th August 2013 by Pieni

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Finnish progressive rock band Von Hertzen Brothers posted a new video for “Coming Home”, which should be release as a digital single/Ep next Monday, with the following cover and track list:

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1. Coming Home (Re-mastered Radio Edit)
2. Writings On The Wall
3. Time & Summer
4. Coming Home (Re-mastered Album Version)
5. Don’t Stop Me Now (Live at Radio Nova Stage)

It’s the third single out of their fifth studio album, “Nine Lives”, released last March via Spinefarm Records – an album that’s been nominated for “Album of the Year” at the 2013 Classic Rock Awards. The band itself has also been nominated for “Breakthrough Artist” and “Anthem” at this year’s Prog Awards.

Also, the band will tour the UK in October, co-headlining six shows with British Touchstone. As for the shows in Manchester and Milton Keynes, the Von Hertzen Brothers will be headlining on their own (support bands to be announced soon).

Oct 18: Glasgow King Tut’s
Oct 19: York Duchess
Oct 20: Cardiff Globe
Oct 22: TBC, Manchester (headline show)
Oct 24: Milton Keynes Foundation (headline show)
Oct 25: London Garage
Oct 26: Liverpool Eric’s Live
Oct 27: Bilston Robin 2

http://www.vonhertzenbrothers.com
http://www.myspace.com/vonhertzenbrothers
http://twitter.com/VHBROZ