Exposé Online banner

Sylvan — Artificial Paradise
(Point Music 10206, 2002, CD)

by Roel Steverink, Published 2004-04-01

Artificial Paradise Cover artThere's lot of music in the land between mainstream and neo-prog, and this is another one. They hail from Germany and this is their third effort. The music is thoroughly composed and produced, still it didn't move me a lot. Styles range from slow rock to symphonic metal. It's often even close to catchy mainstream pop, with crisp electronic drums comparable with a lot of top-of-the-pops bands, only the songs are longer mostly. The slow parts are heavily symphonic; wailing guitar upfront and a massive synthesized background. There's also a big emphasis on piano. One who seeks quick tempos seeks in vain. The musicians are all competent, but musically no one dares to take any risks. The singer is not bad and can reach quite a range of octaves. None of the nine tracks made me jump out of my chair, nothing fresh and gripping here. Even the 20-minute last track with real aggressive guitar can't save this mediocre album. Maybe neo-prog lovers should check it out.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 29, 2002 releases

Related artist(s): Sylvan

Latest news

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Jack o' the Clock and Zero Times Everything, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

George & Caplin - Electronic Eulogy from Morse Code Infinity – The electronic duo of George and Caplin (AKA Jason Fredrick Iselin and Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens) has obviously been paying attention in their History of Electronic Music classes. On several of the...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues