AGENTS OF MERCY
New band formed 2009 and cultivated by The Flower Kings/Transatlantic/Kaipa guitarguru Roine Stolt and eccentric singer Nad Sylvan (Unifaun)
Their debut album "The Fading Ghosts Of Twilight" FOX CD 029, was released on independent label FOXTROT RECORDS in March 2009.
Album features drummers Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson,XTC,Mr Mister, Stickmen etc ) Zoltan Csörsz (TFK, Karmakanic) Jimmy Keegan (Santana, Spocks Beard Live ) and the "Garbo of prog" , Biggo Zelfries (Walrus Farm) piano,violin & synths - rounding out the sub regions is TFK bassist Jonas Reingold who add some fretless bass sponge.
First edition was a LTD digipac with a full 77 minutes of music and a 20 pages beautiful book.
Silas Toball (www.silastoball.com) of Goblin design did the mysterious artwork, the album was mixed by Stolt at Cosmic Lodge as usual.
AGENTS OF MERCY played a premiere show at Loreley in July 2009 and it was perhaps not the best way to start a live history, with the usual festival mis-hap technicals of festivals , but the band was soon to team up with Karmakanic, for the tourpackage called "THE POWER OF TWO" - a duo who toured Europe and USA in Oct 2009.
The result was a fabulous live record called "The Power Of Two" Live in USA, released on Reingold Records where guest Nick D'Virgilio (Spocks Beard, Tears For Fears ) shine with some fearless & intricate drumming.
2010 shaped up as a busy year for guitarguru Roine Stolt who had a Transatlantic tour coming up culminating in triumphant headline gig at High Voltage in Victoria Park London in July, but before the tour Roine joined the rest of AOM tribe in cozy Varispeed studios,south of Sweden and recorded the 12 tracks for a new album - Dramarama.
"Plenty of symphonic rewards for the die-hard fans of TFK or Transatlantic style prog - closer to Retropolis than Rainmaker - but yet more scaled down happy-classic rock, glam & pop too". Borrows from theatrical rock - to "film noir" - from the oddity of young Bowie - to the scary energy of Mahavishnu Orchestra. The new album is a big leap towards a more complete classic (prog)rock band feel - where the 1st album stayed firmly in chamber prog and mellow contemplating but yet demanding modes. "DramaRama" is an independent release from Stolt's own label, designed to operate freely and adapt in this new dawn of recorded music - so buy it and support more new adventurous recordings from this team.
The band consist of:
Nad Sylvan (Unifaun) - VOCAL & KEYBOARDS
Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, Flowerkings) - GUITARS
Jonas Reingold (Flowerkings, Karmakanic) - BASS
Lalle Larsson ( Weaveworld, Karmakanic) - KEYBOARD
Walle Wahlgren - DRUMS
The Duke of Sadness
Last Few Grains of Hope
Meet Johnnie Walker
The Ballad of Mary Chilton
Roger the Tailor
We Have Been Freed
Running time: 72 minutes
Comes in nice digipak
Artwork by Silas Toball (again)
Label: Foxtrot Records Sweden
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