Gothic Beauty Magazine, Issue 18, Fall 2005When you first hear Analog Missionary, take note, you are NOT listening to Kate Bush on the lead vocal track. In a genre all their own (ambient Prog-Rock), this band has pieces of ...expand text.
Gothic Beauty Magazine, Issue 18, Fall 2005When you first hear Analog Missionary, take note, you are NOT listening to Kate Bush on the lead vocal track. In a genre all their own (ambient Prog-Rock), this band has pieces of U2, Rush, Peter Gabriel, and Kate Bush written all over them. It's one of the best albums I've heard in a long, long time. The pieces are so brilliant and diverse there is something for absolutely everyone. It only took one pass through the album to make me an instant fan, and it will probably be the same for you. Grave Concerns Magazine, CD reviewBlurring the lines between Tori Amos, Kate Bush, The Sundays, and U2, Analog Missionary's Transmitter offers sprawling, intricate rock with moody, intimate lulls and anthemic rock highs. Marked by immaculate and impressive musicianship, the album is a beautifully produced slice of rock that revels in intricacy. There's almost always something going on that will likely catch your attention, whether it be a well fleshed out bass line, an interesting lead guitar accent, or a spectacular drum fill. Yet, the music highlights and incorporates each musician's talents, from the sometimes Tori Amos-esque timbre and breathy delivery of vocalist Anstrom to the powerful, seemingly U2-influenced guitar work of Kevin Kaiser, without becoming a showcase of sorts.The entire album is simply amazing...consistently good enough, in fact, that it's actually fairly difficult to highlight specific tracks. Still, 'Chaser' and 'Dirty Road' probably prove to be the standouts of the album's first half, albeit by a fairly narrow margin. The latter is a spectacular 9-minute moody rock epic with a killer chorus that later explodes into an amazing all-out rhythmic jam, while the former is an emotional, powerful rock number with another great anthemic chorus and a killer guitar solo. Of the disc's second half, the lovely-albeit-more-formulaic ballad 'Interference' and the disc's title track, with an intense, almost PJ Harvey-esque chorus, prove to be the most memorable.As a whole, Transmitter is a spectacular, exceptionally memorable rock epic with remarkably strong songwriting, performances, and production. Powerful, emotional, and intense, it's immediately accessible but also deep. Likely to appeal to a very wide array of music lovers, from those with mellower tastes that prefer artists like Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, and Cocteau Twins to those interested in more up-tempo stadium rock a la U2, Analog Missionary's Transmitter shouldn't be missed. Close text
Containing 14 tracks of music written for the classic 1922 silent film Nosferatu, Analog Missionary's Voyage of the Demeter is, understandably, a bit different from the band's previous album, Transmitter. Mainly instrumental, it falls a little closer to the ethereal/orchestral ...expand text.
Containing 14 tracks of music written for the classic 1922 silent film Nosferatu, Analog Missionary's Voyage of the Demeter is, understandably, a bit different from the band's previous album, Transmitter. Mainly instrumental, it falls a little closer to the ethereal/orchestral soundtrack realm with rock elements and a few rock numbers included for good measure, even occasionally throwing a little atmospheric theremin into the mix. While they actually aren't the first alternative band to write an original soundtrack to that particular film, their take on the film is an excellent 14-track foray into lovely ethereal/orchestral rock territory.Whether it be orchestral/ethereal instrumentals ('Oceans of Sorrow', 'Belltower', 'Arrival', 'River Pass', 'Passage to Bremen', 'Zeit', 'The Plague'), moody rock ('Mina's Letter', 'Harpoon', 'The Secret Race', 'From flight to capture', 'Son of the Dragon'), or a hybrid of the two ('The Black Carriage'), Voyage of the Demeter is a spectacular album in its own right. From the lovely cascading piano of 'River Pass' to the beautiful operatic vocals and ambience of 'Oceans of Sorrow', the disc's ethereal material is excellent, as is its rock material, from the spectacular moody piano-centered 'Mina's Letter' to the downright heavy 'The secret Race'.While apparently written as a soundtrack, Analog Missionary's Voyage of the Demeter actually works rather well as a standalone album. It's well performed and produced with impressive arrangements and an appropriate sense of drama and emotion. Instrumental ethereal/rock fans, especially those with a penchant for film scores, should certainly give this album a listen.