The first of Shadow Circus' three albums is the rawest, loudest and, well, rockiest. Six songs, most of them pretty long, with tempo changes, although not very complicated, plus one epic. Almost feels like a teaser, EP kind of disk. It evokes memories of 70s U.S. poppy and bombastic hard rock, think Kansas and Styx at their most playful, with guitar leading the way and piano and organ not far behind. The first three songs radiate a distinctive Americana, almost saloon kind of feel with provincial circus traveling thru the vast Americana and western riders catching on a storm. The concluding 11-minute epic features a grand instrumental intro, guitar heroics and catchy vocal melodies, although the theatrical vocalist does have a nasal tone to him.
The latest Shadow Circus album "On A Dark and Stormy Night" is a concept album with some virtuoso musicianship and incredibly infectious melodies along with some of the more enthralling themes in prog. The album is based heavily on the famous Newberry Award-winning science fiction fantasy novel of Madeleine L'Engle, "A Wrinkle in Time", coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the original publication. The musicians are simply brilliant including the sweeping keyboard signatures of the incomparable David Silver, the astonishing guitar work and keyboards of John Fontana, and the rhythm machine of Matt Masek's bass, and Jason Brower's drums.
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A spinoff of its parent magazine, Classic Rock Presents Prog takes a look at progressive music and the artists who weave them together. Each issue takes a soul-searching foray into the hearts and minds of the heroes of rock, reviewing both new and old releases. Building upon the history of some of the most genre-defining pieces ever devised and those who followed who continue to refine, revolutionise and completely discard the formulas of those who came before. Reflecting on the proud genesis of this unexpected genre, Classic Rock Presents Prog is an able tutor for those in the dark about the evolution of progressive music, and a tonic for existing fans.