Aug 25, MAX Okt. Mai K2 legen mit "Book Of The Dead" ihr Debüt vor, welches fünf Stücke mit einer guten Dreiviertelstunde feinstem Progressive Rock. Book of the Dead of Neferrenpet, Egypto- logische Uitgaven 7, Leiden, P1 k2, s. Kap. ; ansonsten ist pNeferrenpet/Brüssel zerstört. Zunächst zeigt. Febr. Okt. The obituary page of The New York Times is a celebration of extraordinary lives. This groundbreaking package includes obits in the book with.
The bass fills throughout are reminiscent of Chris Squire, adding the Yes element into the mix. The drum work of Doug Sanborn is understated and non-intrusive, just solid and professional.
The subtle guitar work of John Miner is almost a mere tint of color on the sonic background. The disc is broken down into five parts, chapters, in which the Egyptian Book of the Dead is unfolded.
The concept carries throughout the entire, disc which is clocks in around 46 minutes. Balance is the key, keep it moving.
The lyrics are filled with references to faith and spirituality. Fans of Classic Prog will find this album entertaining. The opening track The Infinite Voyage, a 24 minute epic, goes through many moods and tempos without losing interest.
The four remaining tracks on the album are all equally good. They each have different themes that develop quite well. Again, this entire album has a Genesis sound, almost as if it were Foxtrot pt.
My second favorite track on the album is Cloak of Antiquity, it just has all the elements of a great track. A great intro, a great vocal line, great musicianship, who could as for more?
Overall, this is a great effort that was well worth the 4 years of production. I hope Jaquess gives K2 another go in the future.
I recommend this piece of music to all. Try this at home and be happy!! Mirror to the Spirits" 6: As first track this one is a simple composition with slow-medium tempo.
The Edge of Light" 7: Cloak of Antiquity" 5: This album would favor those who love Marillion and those who love neo prog style.
Book of the Dead may wield few new progressive ideas and is perhaps a bit green and downy-cheeked, but it is also a great-sounding record of completely sincere progressive rock.
And that still has value, right? Quite tasteful overall, sometimes like the more refined moments of U. A strong three and a half stars. Shaun has been the vocalist of a Genesis tribute band.
The listener is surrounded by the powerful sound which fully embraces you. The dialog between the violin and the guitar is truely remarkable. It is indeed a fantastic voyage in time and sounds.
Instrumental sections will transport you to the utmost joy, believe me! Vocals are more a recitation and adds even more grandeur and solemnity to the whole.
You can easily imagine an Egyptian priest performing his religious acts. A great symphonic prog epic. All the way through. Maybe a bit too much "Yes" oriented musically.
Can you imagine Yes with Gabriel , Well, you almost get them here! Well, after this masterpiece, you need a deep breath of fresh air to go on with the album.
Actually, the probability that you want a replay is very much probable. And it is probably the most advisable thing to do because the other parts of the album are not of the same caliber but is it possible?
Bass playing is seriously Chris Squire influenced, to say the least at the end of the song. My second fave is the closing number "Claok Of Antiquity".
It is IMO, the most Genesis-like song. Again, it is a beautiful example of how great this band sounds. No more news about another release so far, but who knows?
A very atmospheric track based on the sensational Gabriel-esue vocals of Guerin and the atmospheric synths of Okumoto. Holdsworth is also there to deliver great solos close to his work with U.
Not that complex,but certainly a great track full of changing atmospheres and moods. Holdsworth distinctive guitars add an extra U. Driving violins,memorable grooves,heavy use of floating synthesizers and a fair amount of again atmospheric and emotional vocals are an excellent epilogue to a very nice effort.
Since this group is listed under Neo-Prog, I feel that I must begin this review by issuing a warning which is more of a blessing for some of us! Further, within the ranks of K2 we find none other than the great Allan Holdsworth who is clearly a classic, first generation Prog artist.
While K2 is listed as a US band, they are in fact a multi-national band due to the presence of Holdsworth who is British.
Rather, it has a timeless sound! While all of the people involved here are obviously very talented, Holdsworth steals the show with his totally unique and distinctive guitar sound.
Though less theatrical and a bit more laid back, the vocals are strongly Peter Gabriel-like. There is also some exquisite violin on the album often sounding a bit like Kansas.
In the overall atmosphere and feeling of the music it sometimes reminds me of the excellent, recently released Proto-Kaw albums. Despite similarities with such classic groups, K2 has managed to find their own sound and I do not find this music derivative in any obvious or distracting way.
However, the music of K2 is much less intense compared to that of UK. While I immediately liked the sound of this band, it took several listens before I got into the music.
My very first impression was that the songs were not strong enough melodically to be really memorable. However, like with many great progressive rock albums it took several listens before it started to sink in and began to grow on me.
I have now listened to this album over and over, over a period of more than a weak, and it keeps growing on me.
The melodies that reveal themselves over several listens are gorgeous and turned out to have lasting appeal. His solo albums are often quite tedious to listen too, often lacking in melody and composition.
It is clearly when he worked with other people like in Tempest, UK and here in K2 that he created his best works. Book Of The Dead consists of only five songs, or chapters as they are called here, the longest being a 23 minute plus piece and the shortest is an instrumental with the very well played bass guitar as the leading instrument.
The latter is inevitably the weakest number of the album. The high quality of the music is spread equally over the album and there are no real standout tracks nor are there any weak ones.
The album is based on the Egyptian book of the dead and the lyrics are certainly not your average love songs. The concept helps to hold the music together.
It is also a strong advantage of the album that it runs for only 46 minutes, not committing the all too common mistake in the age of the compact disc to pack the disc too full of material.
A shorter length often makes for a more cohesive album and avoids overwhelming the listener with too much material at once. A further advantage is the very high production values, Book Of The Dead is something of a sonic masterpiece.
And I think this is a great addition to any Prog collection. Infinite Voyage is a track full of guitar passages I prefer this word here to solos because a guitar solo is supposed to be a memorable piece of music, at least in my book and these passages are mainly my problem with this track.
I like the smooth and clear guitar style of Nick Barrett, Gary Chandler or John Mitchell but this style is totally different. It even annoys me a bit listening to it so that explains my problem with this epic.
There are also some keyboard passages on the track and they are much more impressive to me. Next one, Mirror to the Spirits, is more impressive to me.
Third track is called The Edge of Light and is just about as hard to digest as the opening epic. Nothing really great here and forgettable therefore.
Fourth song is called Aten Window of Appearences and is an ambient instrumental track. It all sounds a bit mysterious creating a sort of old Egyptian feel.
Last one Cloak of Antiquity is more like third track and has the same impact on me. The overall feeling about this album is that it could and should have been better.
Lots of atmosphere to start before the piano comes in around a minute. Check out Holdsworth and also the huge bass.
Vocals for the first time 4 minutes in. It kicks in after 6 minutes with violin. Great sound here with huge bass.
Love the sound 10 minutes in with vocals, mellotron and bass. Guitar joins in ripping it up. It settles with vocals 14 minutes in then kicks back in with lots of synths.
Vocals and mellotron join in then guitar. A full sound with organ a minute in. Huge bass as vocals join in with mellotron.
Vocals are back 5 minutes and the melody follows. Vocals before a minute as it settles some. Violin 2 minutes in.
Lots of atmosphere 4 minutes in and the bass is prominant as usual. Guitar solo to the end. Vocals and bass standout eventually as the song kicks in.
This is really good. A solid 4 stars. I really like the melancholic mood and fat bass lines. However, you can also enjoy modern jazz-rock influences.
Atlantis bass player and composer Ken Jaquess mixed both elements and created a true masterpiece. He used the concept of ancient Egypt for writing amazing music.
Since I heard the Atlantis album Pray For Rain , I already knew that this American musician is very talented, but this time he really grabbed me by the throat.
Ken Jacques plays some strong bass parts that undoubtedly reminded me of Chris Squire Yes. This bass sound gives the music a kind of Yes-feel, whilst his Mellotron-playing evokes strong references to Genesis intensified by the lead vocals of the late Shaun Guerin.
His voice has the same timbre and the same diction Peter Gabriel had in the early seventies. Maybe the latter sang a bit more emotionally.
Many lovers of progressive rock music know Allan Holdsworth for his guitar work on the first eponymous UK -album.
His style of playing is unique and is easy to recognize on the Book Of The Dead. The fantastic violin passages performed by Yvette Devereaux, reminded me of the way Eddie Jobson played this instrument in UK.
We may label his MiniMoog-solos as jazz-rock, but also as progressive rock.