ARTENSION: Phoenix Rising CD. Neo-classical / prog metal superstars John West, Vitalij Kuprij, Mike Terrana. Check 7 samples


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Track listing:
“”Area 51″” – 7:30
“”Through the Gate”” – 6:43
“”Valley of the Kings”” – 8:47
“”Blood Brother”” – 4:44

“”Into the Blue”” – 4:59
“”Phoenix Rising”” – 7:45
“”Forbidden Love”” – 4:52
“”The City Is Lost”” – 7:38
“”Goin’ Home”” – 6:08
“”I Really Don’t Care”” – 2:13
Total time 62 minutes.

All songs by John West and Vitalij Kuprij, except track 10 by Vitalij Kuprij

Label: Shrapnel Records ‎– SH11112
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 1997
Genre: Prog Rock, Heavy Metal

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Shrapnel Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Shrapnel Records, Inc.
Published By – Varney Metal Music Co.
Recorded At – Prairie Sun Recording Studios
Recorded At – Sound Temple Studio
Mixed At – Prairie Sun Recording Studios
Mastered At – Sound One

Bass – Kevin Chown
Drums – Mike Terrana
Guitar, Co-producer – Roger Staffelbach
Keyboards, Co-producer, Music By – Vitalij Kuprij
Producer – Mike Varney
Vocals, Words By – John West

Barcode: 026245111127
Mould SID Code: IFPI 2F79
Matrix / Runout: L806 4591 SH11112 070930-01 A

Phoenix Rising is the second album by progressive metal band Artension. It contains the second song in the “”Don’t Care”” trilogy, “”I Really Don’t Care””, with “”I Don’t Care”” on the preceding album and “”I Really, Really Don’t Care”” on their latest album.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Artension is a prog metal band with focus around the keyboardist versus a guitarist. The vocalist at times sounds a lot like Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Impelliteri) and the songs are generally catchy. Check them out if you like other progressive metal acts like Dream Theater, Stratovarius, Rhapsody, etc…

Artension really does deserve to get more attention than they do, as all of their members are really great musicians and killer songwriters, too. It’s too bad that they stopped recording new material after a rather dissapointing final outing, Future World. During the Phoenix Rising era, however, Artension was firing on all cylinders. Their sound is odd in explanation but mesmerizing in an actual listen. It is a sort of neo classical progressive style with some classic rock and blues roots thrown in, which is mostly inspired by one of my favorite vocalists, mastermind John West. John’s voice is really powerful, and he surprises sometimes by throwing out some high-pitched notes.
The pack is led by excellent keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij, one of my favorites. He is one of the master songwriters, and he could play at any speed. The keys sound really good on this album production-wise, which may also be because of the fact that Kuprij always picks just the right tone, just the right effect on every song, especially on the title-track. Since the keyboard sound is one of the most substantial elements on Phoenix Rising, this really makes it stand out. Drums are played to par and so is bass, with no special exceptions, just the usual performances. Songwriting is excellent, and it is truly memorable while still being progressive. Don’t think this album is exclusively progressive, as some songs like Through the Gate and Blood Brother are straight power.
I’ve listened to this album about thirty times over the last two years, so I can confirm that it has re-listen-ability and not having this quality is the main problem most progressive albums have.

Mike Terrana
Age: born Jan 21st, 1960
Place of origin:United States (Buffalo)
Active Bands -Past Bands:

1996 Into the Eye of the Storm Drums
1997 Phoenix Rising Drums
2001 Sacred Pathways Drums
2002 New Discovery Drums
2004 Future World Drums

2007 Lost and Gone (EP) Drums
2007 MK II Drums
2010 Far from the End of the World (Single) Drums
2010 Time to Be King Drums

Victor Smolski
Narration / Drums

Axel Rudi Pell
2000 The Masquerade Ball Drums
2002 Shadow Zone Drums
2004 Kings and Queens Drums
2006 Mystica Drums
2007 Diamonds Unlocked Drums
2008 Tales of the Crown Drums
2010 The Crest Drums

Roland Grapow
1999 Kaleidoscope Drums

2007 Chasing Shadows Drums

Mike Terrana
1999 Shadows of the Past Drums
2005 Man of the World Drums
2008 Rhythm Beast (DVD) Drums

2007 Deadringer Drums

Savage Circus
2009 Of Doom and Death Drums

2009 Karma Drums

2004 Zillion Drums

2010 What Lies Beneath Drums
2011 Underneath (Single) Drums

Emir Hot


Vitalij Kuprij
Age: born 1974
Place of origin: Ukraine (Kiev)
Gender: Male
Active Bands – Past Bands

Keyboards1996 Into the Eye of the Storm Keyboards & Acoustic Piano
1997 Phoenix Rising Keyboards
1999 Forces of Nature Keyboards
2000 Machine Keyboards
2001 Sacred Pathways Keyboards
2002 New Discovery Keyboards
2004 Future World Keyboards

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Mark Boals
2000 Ring of Fire Keyboards

Vitalij Kuprij
1997 High Definition Keyboards
1998 Extreme Measures Keyboards
1999 VK3 Keyboards
2001 Works of Liszt and Chopin Keyboards
2004 Forward and Beyond Keyboards
2005 The Modern European Tradition Keyboards
2005 Revenge Keyboards
2007 Glacial Inferno Keyboards
2007 Glacial Inferno & Revenge (Compilation) Keyboards
2008 12 Months of the Year Keyboards

Ferrigno, Leal, Kuprij


John West
Place of origin:United States (New York)
Active Bands – Past Bands

1996 Into the Eye of the Storm Vocals
1997 Phoenix Rising Vocals
1999 Forces of Nature Vocals
2000 Machine Vocals
2001 Sacred Pathways Vocals
2002 New Discovery Vocals
2004 Future World Vocals

John West
1997 Mind Journey Vocals
2006 Long Time… No Sing Vocals

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Weight 0.13 kg


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