ROSWELL SIX
Progressive Metal • United States

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ROSWELL SIX is a US based project organized by Shawn Gordon from Progrock Records, combining the creative skills of writer Kevin J. Anderson and composer/keyboardist Erik Norlander to create a novel approach to the art of concept albums: To base a concept album on the book of an acclaimed author and to let same author actively contribute in the production of the music based on his novel. Rounding up the core members of the project is Andersons wife Rebecca Moesta, contributing her writing skills as an acclaimed author; Norlander's wife Lana Lane and bassist Kurt Barabas (Amaran's Plight).

This initial line-up created the first in what is likely to become a series of concept albums in 2009, issued as "Terra Incognita: Beyond The Horizon".

One year later "Terra Incognita: A Line in The Sand" followed, this time sporting an expanded line-up featuring a minor army of different vocalists as well as a
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.. Album Cover 2.61 | 9 ratings
TERRA INCOGNITA: Beyond the Horizon
Progressive Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 2.92 | 8 ratings
TERRA INCOGNITA: A LINE IN THE SAND
Progressive Metal 2010

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ROSWELL SIX TERRA INCOGNITA: A LINE IN THE SAND

Album · 2010 · Progressive Metal
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Windhawk
A Line in the Sand is the second chapter in what may become an ongoing series of concept albums from Progrock Records, issued under the project name Roswell Six. And for this sophomore effort, label stalwart Henning Pauly supplies all the songs and instrumentation, while the guest stars covers the vocal parts.

Progressive metal bordering on heavy metal is the foundation this time around, where heavy riffs and rich symphonic backdrops are key features alongside the plethora of vocal talent. Eastern and Arabian tinged textures is used effectively throughout to add an exotic tinge to the proceedings, and a couple of nice ballads are inserted to add variety.

Personally I found this album much more interesting than the first one. Opening track Barricade is a monster, a brilliant and engaging effort all the way. And while none of the songs that follow manage to compete with the opening number in quality, quite a few of them are highly interesting efforts nontheless. And the jubilant chorus of final piece Victory, with a few nods in the direction of gospel in the way it has been crafted, will stick to your brain for quite some time after encountering it.

ROSWELL SIX TERRA INCOGNITA: Beyond the Horizon

Album · 2009 · Progressive Metal
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Windhawk
A somewhat underwhelming début by this US project; serving up a long concept album somewhere in between symphonic prog and progressive metal in style.

It's not an album without appeal though, despite of or because of not hitting off straight away with a jaded reviewer. There's some obvious similarities to Ayreon here - albeit more of an Ayreon light in terms of musical and compositional complexities - but the story told is much more fathomable than Lucassen's excursions into the literally field.

Indeed, fathomable and likeable are words one can describe much of the material on this album as. Not that interesting to most proggers I'd think, but rather music that should appeal to those mostly listening to and interested in the less complex aspects of music in general and rock in particular.

A concept story, some melodramatic twists to music and story and a sad love story thrown in for good measure makes me conclude that this is a production aimed at a crossover market first and foremost. An album for the girlfriends of male proggers as well as a general mainstream-oriented audience. And I think chances are good that it'll be a hit in those market segments. Hardcore proggers should approach with a bit of caution though.

ROSWELL SIX TERRA INCOGNITA: Beyond the Horizon

Album · 2009 · Progressive Metal
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The T 666
This is a by-the-numbers progressive-metal album in the tradition of AYREON with strong elements of more traditional symphonic power metal a la RHAPSODY OF FIRE. This band's mastermind, Erik Norlander, clearly leaves his imprint on the music with his majestic, symphonic-and-spacey keyboards that remind us both of his band ROCKET SCIENTISTS and of his collaborations with Arjen Lucassen.

There's not much new on this recording. This music has been done before and probably in more inspired ways (again, AYREON). While there are some good riffs and ideas here and there, there's nothing that will make this album stand out from several other oriental-melody-ridden, epic metal records. The performances by the singers are correct, yet not extraordinaire at all. Even James LaBrie gives a lackluster performance, reminding us of his worst days when his throat was suffering (especially when he tries to reach for the highest notes). Lana Lane does her usual stuff, balanced and melodic, yet a little generic.

With plenty of albums with lyrics based on epic tales, not even the story is enough to lift ROSWELL SIX's debut from mediocrity (another cliché-fest of swords and warriors). The album gets 2.5 stars, if only for the overall quality of the performances and the good moments, because its lack of originality can't negate the fact that at least this is very enjoyable well-crafted music.

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