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Playing the Universe

by Sonic Pulsar

Outstanding release by Sonic Pulsar. - Impressive rock with incredible sonic sensations. Often compared to Dream Theater, Rush, Ayreon, with some of Vangelis ambient textures. ".The talent is here for anyone to take notice" - review at Proggnosis.com
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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1. Radio Silent
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2. Dreamscapes
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3. Sending Dead Flowers
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4. Wasting
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5. Old Man's Tale
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6. Sonic Pulsar
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7. I Have This Stone
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8. In Slow Motion
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9. This Is Not a Jam Session
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10. New Perspective
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11. Made of Dreams
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12. Playing the Universe
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13. Somewhere in the Universe
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
You can also purchase the album from http://www.nightmare-records.com/
or see the LINKS section below in this page for more options to buy Playing the Universe!

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"FACTORY OF DREAMS" RELEASES THE ALBUM "POLES"

Hugo Flores' (Project Creation & Sonic Pulsar) Factory of Dreams' POLES is NOW available via ProgrockRecords.com

This is special day for us, since this is such a special album. It's a joy to see this put together after some hard intense work!

Story -
The Place: A land with two sides, Positiveness
and Negativeness, Dark and Light called POLES.
The World: Ruled by a Generator of illusions, the Factory of Dreams.
The Fuel: Human minds.
The Blood: A river of emotions.
The Ignition: Your CD player.
Album: POLES, the debut release for 'Factory of
Dreams' brand new Project by Hugo Flores and
Jessica Lehto. A CD with a fantastic booklet
fully designed for the story told in 11 songs.

Factory of Dreams is another great release from
Hugo Flores, it has some of those sonic elements
that you loved from Project Creation but has a
voice all its own. You can hear audio samples and
order at
http://www.progrockrecords.com/shop/view.php?id=163

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Dear friends,

"The Floating World" is the new and fabulous work that Hugo Flores' has been working on. It's simply his best work to date, under the name "Project Creation", gathering many guest musicians! Progrock Records will release the album this November, and you may get it before anyone else (!!) at a great price from:http://progrockrecords.com/artists/view.php?id=49

or through AMAZON or JUSTFORKICKS:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000BX4V0G/qid%3D1131101245/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/102-9492883-9836104

http://www.justforkicks.de/detail.asp?sid=2306302M194N65N22N226&uid=0&id=4921&lid=1

More info regarding the album, the film and the story at http://sonicpulsar.com or http://www.progrockrecords.com

Thank you!

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GREAT NEWS! "OUT OF PLACE", SONIC PULSAR'S NEW ALBUM HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED BY MELLOW RECORDS WWW.MELLOWRECORDS.COM
BUY IT AT A GREAT PRICE AT WWW.BTF.IT, www.PICKUPRECORDS.IT, WWW.PROGCDS.COM OR HERE AT CDBABY, among others:
http://cdbaby.com/cd/sonicpulsar2

THE ALBUM FEATURES AN INCREDIBLE 14 PAGE BOOKLET WITH GREAT ILLUSTRATIONS WITH GRAPHICS BY SOME OF THE BEST ARTISTS AROUND.

Also, join our fan club at: http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/sonic_pulsar/

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PLAYING THE UNIVERSE
"Playing The Universe" features 72 minutes of fantastic music with incredibly catchy melodies. The album title speaks for itself, space and infinity, the stars, the people..."
Rock/metal and beautiful ambient textures mixed together to create a unique sound.

What the press says:

"Dreamscapes" is without a doubt one of the most unique pieces of music I have ever experienced. The song does not let you simply listen, it takes you with it." - from www.thirdroad.com

"...The talent is here for anyone to take notice." - Review at Proggnosis.com

"Sonic Pulsar is a pure progressive metal machine whose music is full of arrangements and melodies." - review at music extreme

Check out Sonic's website at http://sonicpulsar.com for more info and reviews, and Hugo's solo cds here at cdbaby -> http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/hugoflores
Also visit our international distributor at www.nightmare-records.com

Distribution is ensured, worldwide, by Nightmare Records.

Stay tuned for our forthcoming BIG RELEASE called "OUT OF PLACE"!!

Musicians:
Hugo Flores - Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, synths, piano, drums
Carlos Mateus - Acoustic guitars, Electric guitars, some synths, Backing vocals
Nuno Ferreira - Bass guitars, Drum pads

More info:
Lyrics by Hugo Flores & Carlos Mateus
Recorded and mastered at HFP.
Produced by Hugo Flores.
All music by Sonic Pulsar.
Photos by Hugo Flores, Cátia Bettencourt and Fernando Flores.
Artwork by the fabulous Greg Martin - www.artofgreagmartin.com

Band Bio:
Sonic Pulsar started in 2000 with Hugo Flores and Carlos Mateus.
Hugo and Carlos met in school when they they were both living in Brussels, Belgium. They started playing the guitar together and by that time Hugo was already writing songs. They met in 1990, started playing guitar in 1993 and started Sonic Pulsar in 2001. In between, Hugo returned to Portugal in 1995, while Carlos went to England in 1996. Between 1996 and 2000, Hugo wrote some songs and finished 3 CDs, of which the last one, "Atlantis", was published by Fossil Records. Carlos contributed to this album with some lyrics. In August 2000, Carlos returned to Portugal to study for his Masters and in January 2001 they decided that they wanted to work together as a band, whilst not giving up Hugo's solo career. They started writing in February and finished this CD in December. They are very proud of what they´ve been able to accomplish by themselves.

Their mix of genres comes out very naturally and it is a combination of their musical influences. Recently Nuno Ferreira joined the project, and he'll play in the bass section. Nuno is also a great guitar player, however he wanted to expand his knowledge, and began playing the bass and having regular jazz lessons.


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Prognosis

"... The progger can put his ears with confidence here...The talent is here for
If Hugo Flores had already caught my attention with his Atlantis album, this new project Sonic Pulsar has really fully satisfy me. The vocals are better and tremendously consistent with the music, showing the natural evolution of this young but fantastic musician.

The songs are also constructed with more depth and a true progressive understanding making me wonder what Sonic Pulsar will achieve next, if they keep evolving like this!



The album opens with powerful and hard-edged guitar riffing and soloing. But Radio Silent does not stick in those grungy sounds. As the music unfolds it grows into something innovating and mutating. The true progressive sensibility of Hugo Flores is well demonstrated here. Though in its heavier suit.
Dreamscapes changes the play set, as it starts with a calm ambience that may remind you of Bjorn Lynne's The Gods Awaken or even, in another angle, Scott Mosher. This is a very tight and secure song, with very competent programming in what concerns the drum machine and exquisite keyboard playing. The guitar solo is aggressive but molded inside this ambient capsule, demonstrating the strange yet effective duality of this talented musician.
Sending Dead Flowers further explores the aforementioned duality, as the vocals and the guitar riffing are generators of a heavy structure, but the song does not sound metallic. I wouldn’t call it prog metal; it's more like hard prog with a very acute personal view of the combination between melodic and ethereal keyboards with edgy distorted guitars.
Wasteing is a sort of a ballad, Hugo Flore's way. It is not a mellow track for it mixes (again) some harder parts, but it slides quite easily. Again, the guitar soloing is awesome. The 8 minutes that the song lasts are a showdown in changing rhythms and music direction.
Some softer Neo-Prog sounds are present in Old Man's Tale. In this song the vocals are not as much consistent as in the rest of the album, but nevertheless sufficiently good.
The band's name song is guitar oriented but in a melodic way. Its an instrumental track where Hugo explores his guitar abilities to the extreme. It sounds reminiscent of Vai's or Satriani's kind of approach.
In I have this stone, Hugo returns to his Atlantis sound. The vocals are very emotional and the song is more alternative. The haunting keyboard work of Carlos Mateus is worthy of praising. Almost unnoticed but complementing with style the final result.
In slow motion turns another great page in this album. The cared mix between Space, New-Age and Neo-Prog is great. The calmness is contagious and the way the instruments enter the play can really surprise you. This is one of the best songs in the album. Detailed, aired and ear candy.
This is not a jam session has a light and quickly forgotten jazzy feeling to it when it starts but it's really all about the guitar virtuosos of Hugo. The music starts with ambient sounds and evolves to prog-metal guitar soloing. This is pure power that seemed to be screaming to get out.
Perspectives is the perfect demonstration of its title...the combination of different perspectives that populate this artists imagination. Even if the song is less strong than most the others in this album, it shows the different playgrounds where Sonic Pulsar expand their sound.
Made of Dreams is a quiet interlude in form of a ballad. The keyboards are, again, very well played and the vocals can really grab the emotion by its fingertips. Beautiful.
The album title song brings back to surface the inventive side. Again the interplay is excellent and the guitar work flawless. Positive waves circle all around this instrumental song for it is uprising. Excellent stuff really.
The last song closes the album in style. It occasionally reminds me of solo Bruce Dickinson pseudo-ballads (but only for split seconds). The song is harmonious and with a very distinctive melodic sense. Hugo's personal signature is very strong all over the album and he is really revealing himself to be a gifted guitar player and a enlighten progressive composer.
The progger can put his ears with confidence here and the progressive labels should pay attention to this project and the obvious potentiality of future works. The talent is here for anyone to take notice.

Thirdroad

...one of the most unique pieces of music I have ever experienced
...Dreamscapes, from the Hugo Flores/Carlos Mateus compilation “Playing the Universe” is without a doubt one of the most unique pieces of music I have ever experienced.

Proglands

A must for any good Progressive collection.
A must for any good Progressive collection.

Wes Royer

If you like modern prog-rock and fusion ... buy, buy, buy!
This is a fantastic progressive rock and fusion album. I'm glad to see that Mellow Records picked the band up for the follow-up album. You'll have a hard time deciding if you want more instrumental tracks or more vocal tracks. Either way, this CD has fine balance. If you buy this CD, you should be satisfied.