Foreign : “Symphony Wandering Jew” CD & Digital 4th December 2020 Pride & Joy Music. French Progressive / Opera Rock band.
Concept album around Christianity religion. Led by keyboardist Ivan Jacquin, who took good care for several years to get this project out. This is the second part recorded between 2015 and 2019 and the result is an amazing hard work that deserves spreading.
Even if religion is not to me related to music, this project is kind of bible written in music. A strange feeling like reading a book transformed into a music one. Big artwork with heavy booklet like it used to be. Many musicians giving this album a sort of best of but by the fact you don’t have always the same artist singing.
Each song has a special touch, you will probably love one song more than another. Hard to dig the whole , long songs story tale like if you are reading a book aloud as intros. This is where I loose patience , I like the first song that bring power and melodies and suddenly it is cut by those long talking.
While this hard work deserves much support , it is not a real music album as such. A very special project that prove musicians can create amazing art.
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Each musician is drawn into the booklet making another special touch to this brilliant album. This project is a cooperation between amazing musicians . Leo Maragarit (Pain of Salvation, Epysode, For All we Know) on drums. Mike Lepond (Symphony X, Silent Assassins) on bass, Zak Stevens (Circle IICircle, Savatage) on vocals. Andy Kuntz (Vanden Plas) on vocals, Tom S.Englund (Evergrey) on vocals. Amanda Lehmann (Steve Hackett Band) on vocals and guitars.
“A power house started by a French man, signed to a german label, completed with musicians around the globe making an amazing piece of art.”
If like me you like music, then you will love this album. Heavy riffs, opera vocals, classical music.. it regroups a lot of styles in one project leading you to travel with your mind.
Foreign is just a mix of individuals sharing the same passion. A musical journey with mood 98/100.