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Ixion - Talisman (2006), brilliant prog concept album torrent
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Ixion is a Dutch music project started by composer, producer, musician and lyricist Jankees Braam. Jankees started as bassplayer in a symphonic rock band called Sangamo where he was member for twelve years. About five years ago he decided to leave the band and start his own project called Ixion. With enough material to complete an whole album he started recording, and with help from a lot of friends from other bands he completed the debut "Cryogenesis". Like on the debut Jankees has also this time written a concept story who spins around a Talisman from the past. Beside doing the production and recording, Jankees, plays bass guitar, bass pedals, synthesizer, keyboards and some guitar. Beside himself we find nine musicians involved in the project.rnrnTrack listing:rn01. The Crimson Puppeteer (8:31)rn02· Legend (2:46)rn03· Dawn (5:07)rn04· The Raven And The Stone (7:32)rn05· Redemption (0:45)rn06· The Abyss (10:41)rn07· Non Nobis (8:23)rn08· Sea Of Cortez (10:07)rn09· Prelude (2:03)rn10· Catherine (6:24)rn11· Talisman Revisited (5:40)rnrnTotal time: 68:05rnrnMusicians:rnJankees Braam - Bass, Fretless bass, Moog Taurus, Keyboards, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar, Programming rnMaaike Breijman - Vocals and Backing Vocals rnEsther Ladiges - Vocals and Backing Vocals rnPeter Boer - Stick and Double Bass rnEmile Boellaard - Drums and Percussion rnGerton Leijdekker - Guitar, Vocals rnMartijn Bos - Piano rnLinde Faber - Cello rnGerben klazinga - Hammond solo rnMichael Hos - VocalsrnrnAlbum review:rn"To start with the music on Talisman, I\'ll say it\'s a blend of many different genres, but with the deepest roots in neo-progressive and symphonic rock, or call it a rock opera if you like. rnrnI wrote a review of "Cryogenesis" some years ago and got very excited over the work and I have had much fun with that album since then. Now with "Talisman" I get the same excitement as with the debut. The music, the production, the story line and everything is well arranged and produced, and lately the album has spinned many, many times in the player. rnrnFrom the eight and a half minute long opener, "The Crimson Puppeteer", it\'s just to sit back and relax to a landscape of very fine written music with high quality instrumental performances from the different musicians and singers. The song takes us through many different parts, but with a great main melody that comes back throughout the song. rnrnIt continues with "Legend", a bit dark song where I get a feel of many soldiers marching to some kind of battle. rnrnThe next song "Dawn", with Esther Ladiges on vocals, is one of my favorites. Partly a very dreamy song with beautiful vocals and instrumental performing. The song switches between the dreamy over to more symphonic progressive parts, you will also notice a very fine guitarsolo played by Gerton in the song. rnrn"The Raven And The Stone" is also among my favorites with beautiful melodic parts, the continuing story throughout the album that in this song tells about King Arthur, who was under the influence of this evil talisman, and only Excalibur and the Holy Grail could prevent him from doing more damage. The Talisman takes Arthur with him to the grave and waits there for better times. rnrnIn the short instrumental "Redemption", we hear the talisman escape from a cellar where he was secured for centuries. rnrn"The Abyss" is a ten minute long song who musically presents us to many of the different sides and styles from Ixion, from the beautiful to the dreamy, dark, nice instrumental parts and great vocals. rnrn"Non Nobis" is in a way one of the most commercial songs, an easy melody and melodic vocals by Michael, plus some fine choir will get your attention. At the same time the song switches much throughout, but the main melody will get stuck in your head. rnrn"Sea Of Cortez" is partly very progressive, but with dreamy parts with cello and classical guitar as the main instruments. The vocals by Maaike comes in after about three and a half minute. First with a storytelling-like voice who goes over to singing, a song who needs some rounds in the player, but who gradually grows stronger each time I listen to it. rnrn"Prelude" is a short, very fine instrumental with cello and spinet. rnrnThe next song, "Catherine", is in a way the ballad on the album except for an uptempo instrumental part, but for the most it\'s a slow song with nice piano and cello arrangements and very fine singing by Esther. rnrnThe last song, "Talisman Revisited", with vocals by Maaike and Michael is also a slow, dark progressive song. rnrnAll in all I find this album very interesting and entertaining, and for fans of neo-progressive and symphonic rock this album is a must-have!" rnrnBitrate: 320 kbpsrnDownload size: 155,86 MBrnrnFor more quality prog, rock and metal please visit www.komodoisland.net and www.komodovillage.com!