Archive for August, 2009

Friday, Sept 4th at O’Rileys

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Sept 4th, Prog Showcase

IF YOU MISSED THE SHOW LAST WEEKEND at The Rock Star in Fort Worth, then you’re in luck!  The same core lineup will be appearing together again this Friday at O’Riley’s.

This past weekend’s show was a lot of fun.  Twenty3Fifty9 debuted a new song, which we will play again this next weekend, and we got to see two great newer progressive projects: From Creation and Millennial Reign, both of which put on great shows.

9:00 – Hot Ash
10:00 – From Creation
11:00 – Millennial Reign
12:30 – Twenty3Fifty9

Come on down to O’Riley’s Friday night.  It’s gonna ROCK!

8989 Forest Lane
Dallas, Texas

CD Review on Graceful Degradation

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

The Count, Act I, The Soul of a PrisonerLike classic literature? After a bit of epic prog? This might just be the album for you.

The Count, Act I – The Soul of a Prisoner is an ambitious debut from Dallas based symphonic, melodic, prog rockers Twenty3Fifty9 and tells the story of Edmond Dantes, later to reinvent himself as the Count of Monte Cristo. Based on the book by Alexandre Dumas, this album covers his imprisonment in the Chateau D’if and by flashback tells the story of how he ended up in this predicament. A second album, due at a later date, will cover his escape, search for the lost treasure of Monte Cristo, and how he exacts his revenge on those who imprisoned him.

It’s a hugely theatrical piece, giving the impression it was designed as musical/operatic theatre rather than for straight live performance by a band, although I suppose that’s usually taken as read from a prog concept album. Singer Jeff Beardsley has apparently been singing since age 12 and I wondered whether there was classical training in his background, the quality of his voice is so good. (more…)