Exclusive Premiere: Stream CIRCLE OF ILLUSION’s “New Age”

Circle of Illusion

It seems that a small independent label from Germany, Generation Prog Records is determined to enter the ring with the bigger players this year. Last week Prog Sphere premiered a track from Alessandro Bertoni‘s album Keystone, and this week we bring you an exclusive premiere of Circle of Illusion‘s New Age, taken from Jeremias – Foreshadow of Forgotten Realms, an album set to be released on September 9th via Generation Prog Records.

A progressive rock opera for the 21st Centry, Circle of Illusion presents an epic concept album with almost 80 minutes of prog rock with a Hollywood widescreen sound.

The album’s press release sums reads: “After four years of hard work, the Austrian symphonic progressive rock octet is about to release its debut album “Jeremias – Foreshadow of Forgotten Realms”. While keyboardist Gerald Peter composed and arranged the complete music of the album, lyricist and vocalist Taris Brown developed the dramatic concept about Jeremy, who’s caught in a dream world. They gathered excellent musicians to bring the work onto CD as well as onto the stage. Brown himself plays the eponymous Jeremy, the female leads were handled by Cara Cole (as the mysterious Jelena) and Elga Shafran (as Jeremy’s wife Sarah). Musically, the album features progressive rock without regard for genre boundaries: The album combines sweeping song structures, driving guitar riffs, virtuosic keyboard lines with a hint of fusion and lots of intricate rhythms with film score-like symphonic elements as well as styles like funk and soul that are rather untypical for prog.

Jeremias - Foreshadow of Forgotten Realms

What is to be expected from Jeremias is a grandiose, bombastic sound accompanied with soulful vocals by Brown, Cole and Shafran, which allows them the ability to employ tons of different musical structures.

Jeremias – Foreshadow of Forgotten Realms is released on September 9th via Generation Prog Records. To pre-order the album, go to THIS LOCATION. Hear New Age in a player below.

Circle of Illusion line-up:

Gerald Peter – keys, composition, arrangements
Rupert Träxler  - guitars
Aaron Thier – drums
Stephan Först – bass
Taris Brown – vocals, lyrics
Elga Shafran – vocals
Cara Cole – vocals
Ulrike Müllner – violin

Circle of Illusion on the web:

http://www.circleofillusion.com

https://www.facebook.com/circleofillusion

Generation Prog Records on the web:

http://www.generation-prog.com/

http://generationprog.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/GenerationProgRecords

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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