ANCIENT VISION play precious Progressive rock close to that of neglected local masters such as NOW, MAC ARTHUR, YEZDA URFA or CATHEDRAL. The band develops complex and inventive melodies, reminding of compositions of JETHRO TULL or YES. The singer's voice reminds inevitably of Ian ANDERSON's, and the music if full of rhythm and melody breaks and beautiful guitar solos. As a typical outfit of the revival of the early Nineties school, ANCIENT VISION had released two albums and then disappeared totally, as many of their fellow bands. And yet today in 2008, nearly fifteen years later, guitarist-keyboardist Tom MAY's band is back ! Published on the Musea label, "Lost At Sea" (2008) is the third studio opus of this outfit from Kansas City, Missouri. It includes eight tracks as four parts forming a concept-album built on a short story that's printed in the booklet along with the lyrics. This story deals with History from a high point of view, today's world confusion, struggles for power through religion or politics with increasing pollution generation. The music is more eclectic than ever, but remains faithful to symphonic musical structures and arrangements. Grandiose (Analogic) keyboards parts, first-rate guitar-keyboards dialogs, acoustic tracks with beautiful intensity and more rocky passages. ANCIENT VISION also added female vocals, saxophone, balalaika and mandolin parts... To be discovered !
Part I - Out of Darkness 1. Snow Falls Into Winter (16:06) Part II - Looking for Future Dreams 2. Searching For Gold (7:09) 3. All Dressed Up (6:51) Part III - The World Now 4. Pirates In The Street (6:46) 5. Lost At Sea (5:47) 6. King Big Business (5:08) 7. As The World Turns (9:11) Part IV - Into the Greyness & Confusion 8. Finale (6:23)
Produced by Ancient Vision
Ancient Vision - Lost at Sea (2008)
Tom May - keyboards, guitar Barry Spry - bass Joe Allen -guitar Rob Leythem - drums Russ Gross - guitar Tom Hook - vocals