Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Telergy "Hypatia"

Country: USA
Genre(s)Progressive Metal/Rock
FormatCD, digital
Release date June 24, 2015 (digital), July 2015 (CD)
  1. Scene, No. 1 - 0:38
  2. Astronomer - 7:16
  3. Scene, No. 2 - 0:37
  4. Philosopher - 11:44
  5. Scene, No. 3 - 0:39
  6. Mathematician - 4:24
  7. Scene, No. 4 - 0:25
  8. Teacher - 6:57
  9. Scene, No. 5 - 0:29
  10. The Burning of the Library of Alexandria - 11:37
  11. Scene, No. 6 - 0:39
  12. Scapegoat - 2:55
  13. Scene, No. 7 - 1:05
  14. Murder - 9:30
  15. Scene, No. 8 - 1:04
  16. Martyr - 3:12
  17. Scene, No. 9 - 0:27
Robert McClung: guitar, bass, violin, viola, mandolin, piano, organ, keyboards, flute, balalaika, ukulele, sitar, lap steel, bodhran, percussion, tenor and baritone vocals, mob vocals
Durga McBroom-Hudson (Pink Floyd, Blue Pearl): Hypatia
Bryan Hicks (Trans-Siberian Orchestra): Theon
Corey Glover (Living Colour): Synesius
Blake Carpenter (The Minstrel’s Ghost, Corvus Stone): Cyril
Peter Kelley: Peter the Reader
Almus Kenter: The Professor
Chris Bonito: drums
Kyle Wybranowski: drums
Mike LePond (Symphony X, Silent Assasins): bass
Oliver Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire, Blind Guardian): bass
Kristen Miller: cello
Adam Nunes: cello
Tim Nunes: violin, viola
David Ragsdale (Kansas): violin
Anna Phoebe (Jethro Tull, Trans-Siberian Orchstra): violin
Parker Lundgren (Queensryche): guitar
Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra): guitar
Angus Clark (Kitaro, Trans-Siberian Orchestra): guitar
Connor Wybranowski: guitar
Oliver Wakeman (Yes): keyboards
Oliver Palotai (Kamelot): keyboards
Mattan Klein: flute
Scott Page (Pink Floyd, Toto, Supertramp): saxophone
Laura Sanscartier: soprano vocals
Tamara Mcshea: soprano vocals
Stephanie Slabon: soprano vocals
Angeliki Theoharris: mezzo vocals
Joshua Collier: tenor vocals
Jaimee Joroff: harp
Jennifer Lanter: French horn
John Halloran: clarinet
Barbara Lafitte: oboe
Mac Ritchey (Esthema): oud
Mike Dolan: mob vocals
Tim Clark: mob vocals
Gary Wheaton: mob vocals

Telergy is the brainchild of Robert McClung. He is the mastermind behind the concept and the music. And here on his third release, just as on the other two, he calls upon a stellar cast of musicians and singers to help him execute his musical vision. The who’s who is a long and illustrious list; I count sixty different individuals on the first page of his “The Players” pages. The album as mentioned is based on the story of Hypatia of Alexandria who was a great mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and teacher from ancient times who met a tragic demise in the year 415 AD. As such there are seventeen tracks on the disc, about sixty-three minutes of music. There are nine, what are called scenes where actors apply their voices to dramatize the key story plot points. The other musical tracks range in length from a short 2:45 to a more substantial 11:45. The music itself is all instrumental and tends to fall into the heavy symphonic style. It’s full of lush orchestration as times and heavy crunchy guitar at others. Think of artists such as Transiberian Orchestra or almost anything by Ayreon. These tend to be grand, epic compositions with huge swells of music, laid in at intersecting moments where the core music is rocking at a pretty good clip. At times the music gives off a very classical feel as it builds on the story’s emotional moments. Such is the case with a track like “Mathematician” [4:23] and then at other times a piece borrows more from bands like Emerson Lake and Palmer such as “Philosopher” [11:44] which features plenty of keyboard and guitar interplay. Like any album of this nature, much of your enjoyment will come from feeling some affinity for the story line, but setting that aside, there is some amazingly stirring and dramatic music on display that in many ways is classic orchestrated Progressive Rock. If that’s sounds like something up your alley I urge you to check out Telergy.  (Jerry Lucky)
 Also read track-by-track review by G. W. Hill at musicstreetjournal.com

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