Oboe and English horn lead the lush Avalon Strings through Summertime, Love is Here to Stay, Someone to Watch Over Me and ten more Gershwin classics. Instrumentation includes English horn, oboe & strings.
ETERNITY'S END is the realization of a vision that Christian Muenzner, well known in his capacity as guitarist extraordinaire, solo artist, special guest on many albums and as member of bands like Alkaloid, Necrophagist, Obscura and Paradox, had since many years of forming his very own band in order to return to the style of music that was his first love and, to this day, is his biggest passion … Aggressive, neoclassical power metal with a progressive twist and with a powerful and classic metal vocalist!
Music for the faerie kingdom. Collected from a twelve tribe planet. Here in Avalon, we are celebrating the dawning of the new age with this specially prepared CD compilation of music that we have discovered. The music somehow describes the world's growing cultural awareness that is emerging in the environs of the legendary Glastonbury Tor - Mount Zion - the Grail Castle. The music is a fusion of both indigenous and planetary styles and sympathetic use of modern harmonic technology, which has been gifted to humanity's musical community for this very purpose…
Older jazz fans may remember Larry Coryell from the 1970s as a major jazz fusion guitarist, but this 2001 session with Cedar Walton, Buster Williams, and Billy Drummond finds him long since settled into a post-bop mode. One gets the feeling that the musicians were so comfortable playing together that they were actually a working quartet; the feeling of each track is of first-take freshness while being as close to perfection as possible.
The Plague Within is the 14th studio album by the British doom metal band Paradise Lost. Like all great bands, Paradise Lost have always carved their own path and been at the forefront of the metal movement. Their 1990 debut offering Lost Paradise changed the climate of the scene. Combining the crushingly heavy riffs of Black Sabbath and Trouble with insanely inhuman growls have inspired countless bands over the years. Back with their fourteenth studio release, The Plague Within finds the band rediscovering their early heavy roots. Paradise Lost guitarist Greg Mackintosh has described 14th release The Plague Within as a “marmite album.”
The Minstrel's Ghost is the 2012 sensation, a fabulous musical creation that has all the hallmarks of a classic prog album, where old school symphonics meet the new pristine university. American multi-instrumentalist Blake Carpenter has smartly surrounded himself with some seriously gifted players most notably Hungarian Zoltan Csorsz (still the best Flower Kings drummer ever), who positively explodes here, as well as gifted guitarist Colin Tench (of the thrilling Corvus Stone, Colin Tench Project and Bunchakeze). Others include Marco Chiappini of Gandalf's Project (a close relative in this semi-medieval-pop-prog genre) who shines on devastating organ and assorted ivories. .Bassist Troy James Martin holds it all down with muscular proficiency .And of course main man and master musician Blake Carpenter, who has really carved himself a name for himself with this magnificent opus!
Flesh + Blood suggested that Roxy Music were at the end of the line, but they regrouped and recorded the lovely Avalon, one of their finest albums. Certainly, the lush, elegant soundscapes of Avalon are far removed from the edgy avant-pop of their early records, yet it represents another landmark in their career…
The Land of New Hope is the first full-length album by Timo Tolkki's metal opera project Avalon. The album was released on May 17, 2013 in Europe and May 21, 2013 in the US. According to Tolkki "I sort of rediscovered myself musically in the process of making this album. I wrote the story first and started composing the music after that. My aim was to write memorable songs with good melodies that would support the story…On this album you will find a lot of different dynamics…with some songs that are fully orchestrated and sound very very big."