Exposé Online banner

Tisaris — What's Beyond
(Progressive Rock Worldwide PRW 003, 1992, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01

What's Beyond Cover art

If the balance of the album were as smokin' hot as the seven-minute instrumental "Animae" that opens it, this might be one of the best releases on the PRW label; sadly, that's not the case, but then again this is the band's debut — one can easily think of one or two other progressive greats that didn't have their act totally together until their second or third album. Tisaris at this point was a five piece of guitar, bass, keys, drums, and a dedicated lead vocalist; in addition, there is some excellent guest violin work on the opening track. Much of the album bears the telltale traits of good neo-progressive rock: the multi-part opuses, the dynamic shifts, impressive levels of instrumental flash, lots of keyboards, and a fairly nonstandard approach to composition. The problem here, as with so many bands who try and sing in a language they are only cursorally familiar with, is that the vocal expressions and intonations have absolutely nothing to do with the lyrics that are being sung, not to mention that the lyrics are often more than a mite awkward. In fact, the album's five instrumental tracks are all quite good, as are most the instrumental parts of the vocal tracks. Were it not for the vocals, this would be a solid album that I could heartily recommend. To the band's credit, they did release a Portuguese version of the album titled Existo Algo Mais, which was released only on cassette; I haven't heard it, but I suspect that version may be the one worth seeking out.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1992 releases

Related artist(s): Tisaris

Latest news

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Walter Hill - Popjazz – There are a few important reasons to consider why slick jazz is still popular, emphasizing passionate sax lines and comfortable grooves. One is that the best session musicians are on tap to record a...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues