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Realms of Eternity

by Syzygy

The album " Realms of Eternity", a series of musical reflections on the afterlife, pushes the border of progressive rock horizons.
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2. Vanitas
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3. Dreams
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4. Echos Remain
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5. Dialectic
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6. Arranmore Isle
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7. Overture
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8. The Sea
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9. The Morning Song
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10. Variations, Part 1
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11. Variations, Part2
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12. Reflections
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Squire Jaco
5 stars I'll try not to rave too much during this review, but....really, this is something SPECIAL folks!

I'll admit, I've been anxiously awaiting this cd for a few years. Their website kept us fans hanging on that there would be some fantastic new cd "soon", then it was a double album, then it was delayed again, then slimmed down to a single cd again...I was honestly losing hope that this could ever live up to expectations (much less ever see the light of day!). So it could have been a bruising first listen when I got my copy (direct from the band, btw), as I was all set to give it a very scrupulous critique.

They nailed it.

Look, I try to respect this site's rules for assigning 5 stars to a cd, so I haven't given out very many. Realms of Eternity is a 5-star cd, prog lovers. I give it 5 stars willingly, lovingly, with no regrets. LOVE it!

There is some chamber (flute, cello, violin) accompaniment in spots; the album starts beautifully with it. But what I like about these guys is that you can tell that they are rockers first; yet they all possess great prog-worthy chops, as well as a unique songwriting and compositional style. Their arrangements are almost classical in format, and include plenty of odd time signatures (though perhaps not quite as jazz-fusion-y as their previous album "Allegory of Light"). Influences this time still include ELP (Giunta's keyboards), Rush, Yes and a ton of others; but some Kansas(?) too this time around, especially with the presence of drama and majesty that occupies many of these songs.

The band added a bass player (Al Rolik) since their last album. (I can't hold that small point against the band any more!) Believe me, it adds a nice dimension to the music. They also have a guest vocalist on some of the songs - I'll admit that the vocals and harmonies are stronger and better overall on this cd than on either of their two previous cd's. (Almost Styx-ish in places.)

There are many unique moments of unusual guitar layering and effects which make for very interesting listening. Baldassarre again plays a wide array of guitars (or maybe he just changes his tone...), and the album has a nice sprinkling of acoustic passages to offset some of the more raucous tunes. I love Mihacevich's powerful and inventive drumming style. And I should also mention that there is some really nice album artwork throughout, including complete lyrics. The whole cd is also impeccably engineered - great sound quality, and a great package all around!

The band is based in Ohio, but I'd love for them to take that three-hour trip up the Thruway and play a gig here in Buffalo some time soon. Plenty of music lovers here too, guys! Congratulations to Syzygy for a great accomplishment with this cd.

(I guess I am raving, huh?...;-)

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4 stars What a pleasant surprise this album was.I did enjoy the debut but i felt it could have been better,well "Realms Of Eternity" is what i call A LOT better.Carl Baldassarre the lead guitarist and vocalist wrote all the lyrics, and considering his personal faith there is a strong Christian flavour to the lyrics.This album is the whole package though,i've just enjoyed it immensly this past week. "Darkfield" features guest vocalsist Mark Boals who sings on 3 other tracks as well.I love this song.It's about temptation and brings in the Garden of Eden(Paradise).This is just so well done.Some guest cello in the intro and chunky bass a minute in.Yearning vocals follow.Check out the guitar 3 1/2 minutes in and the mournful synths that remind me of RUSH.Speaking of RUSH i'm reminded of Lifeson as the guitar comes in at 5 minutes.Nice bass 6 1/2 minutes in.I like the drumming late as well.Fantastic tune.Dark and melancholic. "Vanitas" is SYZYGY putting on an instrumental show early.It turns classical then kicks in around 3 minutes.Great sound right here! Check out the drum work. "Dreams" opens with synths,piano and lazy guitar melodies.Kind of spacey actually before it kicks in around a minute.This is nice and heavy.Vocals 2 minutes in as it settles.A GENTLE GIANT vibe here.It's fuller on the chorus.Love the mournful guitar after 7 minutes.Vocals are back late. "Echoes Remain" features these beautiful acoustic guitar melodies as reserved vocals and cello join in.Lots of flute in this one as well.A mellow tune. "Dialectic" is laid back with synths early.Vocals follow and the sound gets fuller.It settles after 3 1/2 minutes as contrasts continue.Raw guitar 5 1/2 minutes in as it kicks in heavier.Nice bass and organ.I like the guitar 9 minutes in too.It turns jazzy.Great sound after 11 1/2 minutes with synths.Chunky bass 13 1/2 minutes in then it turns mellow, almost spacey with strummed acoustic guitar and vocals that sing over and over "Like seasons are inclined.We need change to help us find.How old becomes anew.And it's all because of you". "Arranmore Isle" is pastoral with acoustic guitar melodies and theremin. "Overture" is a SPOCK'S BEARD-like tune.This is fun with the organ,fat bass and the guitar making lots of noise.Yes the drumming is incredible. "The Sea" opens with piano as a full sound comes and goes.Vocals too.Samples late. "The Mourning Song" features these strummed acoustic guitar melodies as percussion joins in then synths.Reserved vocals follow.I like it. "Variations Part 1" and "Variations Part 2" are both highlights instrumentally and the vocal arrangements recall GENTLE GIANT on part 1.Both songs are a blast with the growly bass,pounding drums and prominant keyboards. "Reflections" opens with strummed acoustic guitar as drums then vocals join in.Kind of sad yet uplifting.It blends into "Finale" where it gets fuller.Check out the bass! Guitar comes ripping in as the drums pound it out.I like when the synths come in around a minute.The guitar solo is just a beauty as it goes on and on.It ends with the vocals passionately singing "I wonder if the tale is true.Cross the sea where i'll find you.Smiles a-waiting on the shore.Loved ones joyful evermore". Easily 4 stars and highly recommended.

Press Release:
Syzygy is the highly-acclaimed American-based progressive group featuring Carl Baldassarre (Guitars, Vocals, Lyrics), Sam Giunta (Keyboards), Paul Mihacevich (Drums, Vocals), Al Rolik (Bass, Vocals). The members of Syzygy are classically trained and award winning composer-performers. They have received praise the world-over with sales on all continents. Legends such as Steve Hackett (Genesis) have gushed about their work as "easily the best I have ever been given...masterpiece." The group melds highly complex contrapuntal writing with exquisite vocal arrangements, memorable melodies and spiritually uplifting lyrics in a package that can only be described as, "Syzygy". This very special group expands the boundaries of music by putting both "progress" and "rock" back into progressive rock which enables them to ironically transcend this genre altogether. Their compositions are memorable, moving, powerful, dynamic, intelligent, compassionate, purposeful, original, inventive, diverse, durable, multi-dimensional and accessible.
Other releases from the band include, 1993's "Cosmos and Chaos" (under the predecessor band name Witsend) and the stunning 2009 release, "Realms of Eternity". The group's first live CD (2010), "A Glorious Disturbance" includes a bonus 5.1 surround DVD. As good as the band is in the studio, they are even better live as they are very entertaining performers and mesmerize their fans with the power, ease and joy with which they perform their music. You are encouraged to check out the reviews, interviews and features found on bands web site www.syzygymusic.com. You would also be well advised to check out youtube video's of the band.

If you like progressive rock in the grand tradition, you absolutely must hear Syzygy. They have picked up where the forefathers left off (i.e. Yes, King Crimson, ELP, Gentle Giant) and are writing a new chapter (or possibly a new book).

You absolutely must hear this band. www.syzygymusic.com


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Daniel

Excellent
I'm a very happy prog-rock fan with this album. It takes my mind to new places and is deserving of full concentration for its complex and unpredictable melodies / riffs. It's also a very generous amount of musical goodness, given the price.

Tom Futsch

Fantastic
I have Syzygy's previous cd M.O.T.H and found it very enjoyable,with this cd they have improved greatly.
This is a must for any progressive rock fan especially if you are a fan of ELP,GENTILE GIANT,LIQUID TENSION EXP.
FLOWER KINGS......well you get the idea.The musicianship is top notch and the vocals are a perfict fit for this type of music.The lyrics are spiritual in nature but not to the point of "preaching" the bands beliefs.The production is also very good.Buy this cd right now!