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Novus Rex – Belteshazzar’s Dream

Today I have a band that probably is perfect for you if you enjoy the vibe of keyboard and synthesizer driven 1970s progressive rock mixed with tinges of jazz fusion and dramatic cinematic soundtracks and electronic this album will satisfy! One of the strengths Novous Rex have is that they one minute could sounds like Yes, but with elements of Pink Floyd, Genesis, ELP, Starcastle, and King Crimson, all mixed together. There is so much to describe in how the music of Novus Rex and that is very attractive to me. The band have released their new album Belteshazzar`s Dream. The title track Belteshazzar’s Dream,

Novus Rex have to musicians J. R. Fernandez and his son A. I. Fernandez. J.R. Fernandez states, «We want the focus on the music. Plus, our names are generic, so we decided to go the abbreviation route. Had we had some unique names we might have used them… I’m J.R, the dad… I’ve been around music for a long time. I play all of the keyboards and drums, and some of the guitars and try to sing a little bit, too. My son A.I. is a young guy, he’s actually in High School, and plays 4 or 5 instruments… Losing count! Plays guitar, bass, sax, flute and some vibes; and drums, too. He’s quite talented with the instruments. He’s been playing music since he could speak, practically». The track Loctus Swarm,

There are even some flute parts Belteshazzar`s Dream but they are buried a bit and used sparingly, some of the synth sounding flute is actually flute. The flute is present in the beginning of the album. J.R. Fernandez says he is «I’m a prog head from the original days… The 70’s». Fernandez started with Chick Corea and E.L.P and in addition Santana and the album Abraxas opened up his eyes for everything else. Then, of course, came Yes. The Yes album, that was a different type of music that came after E.L.P., so basically he came to prog via the keys first, which is why he`s so into the keys. The track MCMXIV,

Belteshazzar`s Dream is both accessible and suitably complex and J.R. Fernandez proves that he is a gifted musicians and composer. He also use both tradition and technological innovation. The album is with tons of keyboards-oriented prog and sprinkled with Fernandez featureless. The keys have definitely some metal keys feel, and some jazz moments, and it`s smart to listen to the album many times. Then you might discover all the subtle details.

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (3017 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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