2016 – An Endless Sporadic – Magic Machine

This is their second full track album and Zach Kamins (guitar, keyboards) is still the genius behind this project. Their previous release from 2009 was produced by Roine Stolt and Jonas played bass. This time Roine appears on one track and Jonas plays bass on all tracks. Another honorable guest is Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) who appears on two tracks. Continue reading “2016 – An Endless Sporadic – Magic Machine”

2015 – Nad Sylvan – Courting The Widow

Nad Sylvan recently has been involved with Agents of Mercy, his Swedish Genesis soundscape project Unifaun, and Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisited tours and releases. His style has been called a perfect marriage of vintage Peter Gabriel & Phil Collins and he brings back fond images of ’70s Genesis to everything he’s been involved with, and this solo album for InsideOut Records, Courting the Widow is no exception. Continue reading “2015 – Nad Sylvan – Courting The Widow”

2013 – The Flower Kings – Desolation Rose

Just one year after the critically acclaimed Bank Of Eden the Kings released another album: Desolation Rose. Real fans already have been used to the fact that single or double disk albums succeed each other quickly, so this was no surprise. But in the past decade there were numerous side projects for all band members and Roine was working hard with Transatlantic as well. Continue reading “2013 – The Flower Kings – Desolation Rose”

2012 – The Flower Kings – Banks Of Eden

Banks of Eden is the eleventh studio album by The Flower Kings and the first album with drummer Felix Lehrmann. Being the greatest and most original symphonic progressive rock band of the past decades, they manage to remain stylistically consistent with every new album. After their masterpiece The Sum of No Evil (2007) it took five years to release yet another masterpiece. Continue reading “2012 – The Flower Kings – Banks Of Eden”

2011 – Agents Of Mercy – The Black Forest

The third album of AoM is about the dark side of life and people. Around this time Stolt’s father had died and it seems that this inspired him a lot. In Kingdom Of Heaven Roine just sings one line: “No more fears, no more tears?” which could refer to his father’s death. His guitar playing in this song is also very sensitive and intimite. Continue reading “2011 – Agents Of Mercy – The Black Forest”

2010 – Karmakanic and Agents of Mercy – Live USA

The Power of Two was a joint-venture between Karmakanic and Agents Of Mercy in 2009. Why would two forces in music work seperately while it’s more powerful to work together? In Autum 2009 both bands went on tour in Europe and USA playing two different repertoires performed by one single group. This live album has been recorded during the shows in the USA and represents the finest songs from both bands. Continue reading “2010 – Karmakanic and Agents of Mercy – Live USA”

2009 – 3rd World Electric – Kilimanjaro Secret Brew

Kilimanjaro Secret Brew was the first album of 3rd World Electric; a fusion project of Jonas and Roine Stolt. The other band members are Lalle Larson and Zoltan Czörsz but also Karl-Martin Almqvist on sax, Ayi Solomon on percussion and Dave Weckl on drums. Some of the bands that have influenced Jonas and Roine here, are early Weather Report, Return To Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Continue reading “2009 – 3rd World Electric – Kilimanjaro Secret Brew”

2009 – Agents Of Mercy – The Fading Ghosts Of Twilight

A side project from Roine Stolt with 77 minutes of brand new progressive rock music. Longer and elaborated songs with the symphonic and the common love of late 60’s and early 70’s prog all over this album. If you love Roine’s work or great symphonic progrock music in general, then this is a no-brainer addition to your record shelf. Read the details below for more info. Continue reading “2009 – Agents Of Mercy – The Fading Ghosts Of Twilight”

2007 – Flower Kings – Road Back Home

The new 2CD album contains 27 songs, spanning from 1995 to 2006 and the tracks focus on the most accessible, melodic, groovy or shorter tracks. So less fusion and more melody and moody tracks. All tracks are carefully remixed, quite a few have different solos and some have additional backing vocals. There is even one unreleased track, plus the full version of Genesis’ classic Cinema Show. Continue reading “2007 – Flower Kings – Road Back Home”

2007 – Flower Kings – The Sum Of No Evil

Just one year after double album Paradox Hotel this is another masterpiece of the Kings of progressive rock music. Complicated and brilliant compositions, with wonderful nods to the jazzy style of Space Revolver, the positiveness of Stardust We Are, and the melodies of Adam & Eve. Drum master Zoltan Csörsz has returned just for this album, and he simply shines on all tracks. Highly recommended. Continue reading “2007 – Flower Kings – The Sum Of No Evil”