Fireworks

CD Reviews

Sun Caged - 'The Lotus Effect' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/65/66/cd/1438_suncagedthelotuseffect_1310589366.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     July 13, 2011    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
4794   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Label

An album that grows and matures each time it is played,

It has been a little bit sparse in the world of prog metal/rock of late, with only a handful of truly excellent albums having made their mark on the cognoscenti in 2011. Well, if like me you have been waiting for another band to step up and make their mark, then your wait is over because the brand new release by Sun Caged will soon be in the shops and it should be number one on your shopping lists. 'The Lotus Effect' is the band's third album to date, and on each subsequent release since the self titled debut in 2005, Sun Caged have grown as both songwriters and musicians, and this growth can be heard on every note that makes up the fabulous 'The Lotus Effect'. The quality just oozes out of each and every note that Sun Caged play on this album, and we all as listeners reap the benefits. Recently in an interview with Seventh Wonder's Johan Liefvendahl I mentioned that I thought in an over crowded prog metal market, you needed something to make you stand out from all the other acts. They have their singer Tommy Karevik, and Sun Caged have the amazing Paul Adrian Villarreal, whose vocals passionately bring to life the music of Sun Caged. His vocals are emotional, yet full of energy, and he has a storyteller-like quality to his delivery, which allows the songs to come to life in your imagination.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Paul's vocals make an immediate impact on opening track 'Seamripper (& The Blanket Statement)', which is a wonderful way to begin an album. Heavy guitars blast out of the speakers, then quieten down and flow smoothly into a complex dark and highly melodic song, that is made all the more special by the vocal delivery of Villarreal. I also especially like the complex and dark arrangements the band utilise throughout this CD, and after 'Seammripper', songs like 'Tip-Toe The Fault Line', 'Shades Of Hades' and the ten minute epic 'Pareidolized' explode on your senses and leave you reeling from their combined effect. Strangely though, I found the set of five songs that make up the latter half of the album the most interesting of all. Each of the tracks lasts for only about two minutes but they are all still wonderful mini prog masterpieces, filled with the superb guitar breaks of Marcel Coenen, the stunning piano and keyboard passages of Rene Kroon and the intricate groove laden bass and drums of Roel Van Helden and Daniel Kohn. And because the five tracks seamlessly join together they sound like one song, but work just as well as individual tracks.

Sun Caged are back after quite a few years away from the scene, and they have recorded one of the strongest prog metal albums that I have heard in the last few years. An album that grows and matures each time it is played, 'The Lotus Effect' will, I think, be in many a top ten at the end of the year.

Ian Johnson

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  July 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
  1  2  3  4  5  6  7
  8  91011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 week ago
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.
  • Johns Band : I have ordered FM Live video and £1.99 taken from my PayPal account. How do I download video. Something gone wrong at processing with Fireworks. The links to report it do not work.
  • Berny : @kevinw01: Have you received the mail containing the donwload instructions? It seems as if you are downloading the bonus CDs from the "Fireworks" menu, those are meant for our readers in the USA and Canada whose copies do not come with the CD. I will send you a mail now. Thanks, B.
  • kevinw01 : I have ordered several issues of Fireworks but when I press the download button I only get a copy of the MP3 but not the PDF files. I have an iPad. Am I doing something wrong? Kevin
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
  • yvesrock : Hi,
  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.
  • Gazza2005 : I have bought issue 80 and I still ha e not had confirmation of my download. Please could this be sorted out
  • Gazza2005 : Hello. Can someone direct me to my download please
  • Gazza2005 : Can someone help please

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site