Lowe & Brzezicki’s ESP – Invisible Din – Reviews

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We want to thank all the editors, bloggers and reviewers listed below for the excellent reviews of ‘Invisible Din’ – please click on links or the images to go to the full review or obtain ordering information for the magazines. Support music magazines! *Image copyright of all magazines retained by respective magazine or journal.

PROG January 2017“Evocative and ambitious…From the first moments of Overture it’s apparent that we’re dealing with quality…Stylistically, this is solid classic/symphonic prog.” GMM – PROG January 2017

“Highlights include…Searching the Banks for a Memory which opens with gorgeous electric harp (Yumi Hara)…before blossoming out with John Beagley’s vocals…Almost Seen, is a beautiful dreaming piece with David Cross’s excellent electric violin work and Pat Orchard’s gentle acoustic guitar…” Rest of ReviewDK – Rock Society Jan/Feb 2017

Best Albums of 20Classic Rock Society16Tony Lowe and Mark Brzezicki may have released the BEST new music in progressive rock in years. From the opening song “Overture” to the closing “Almost Seen” every piece is simply superb…One of the best albums of 2016 and maybe of the decade.” Read the rest of the review by Benjamin E. New Esq. at Without Shoes

From Japan – Progressive Award 2016 – Top 10 -“glorious and traditional British prog-rock” – Many thanks for the inclusion in the top 10! – Prog Notes Special

TOP Pick of 2016 – Thanks to The Progressive Aspect and Mark A France who included ‘Invisible Din’ in his top three albums of the year; “Lowe & Brzezicki’s ESP/Invisible Din: Tony Lowe and Mark Brzezicki very recently released what I am calling one of the BEST progressive rock albums in years. From the opening “Overture” to the closing “Almost Seen”, this is a true voyage for the prog aficionado!” The Progressive Aspect

Fireworks Magazine Issue 77“‘Invisible Din’ is good. Oh, it’s good alright. This is big, important Prog…” Steve SwiftFireworks

“…one of the best prog releases this year. Fantastic album!” – Campbell Stewart

“I’ve now listened to the album three times and the concept stands up really well. The production adds a Floydian feel to some of the material and the tracks evoke appropriate emotions: sometimes reflective, sometimes elation. The work is remarkably melodic…and repeated listening has revealed further layers and previously unnoticed jazzy moments. It’s impossible to choose a favourite track because the album holds together beautifully. ESP: All symphonic progressive rock fans should buy Invisible Din and make every effort to go to see them on tour.” Gareth’s Prog Blog

“Invisible Din is an excellent album, the kind that the leaders of prog used to make, fashioned over hours of careful and thorough practice….a wonderland of sounds that will take you back to a different era. Get this album and experience music made by consummate professionals, the way it used to be.” Professor Mark – The Progressive Aspect

TIP (Highly Recommended) “The traditionally constructed symphonic rock has a melancholic atmosphere… due to the prominent, often compelling guitar playing and theiO pages melodic as well as furious saxophone-parts there’s a clearly sharper edge to ESP. Yet the statelier works dominate, especially because solemn Mellotron-like sounds, vital Moog-riffs and robust Hammond organ passages are frequently embedded in the medium length, multi-part compositions.” René Yedema – Dutch progressive rock-magazine iO Pages, No. 140English Translation

4/5 Stars “The symphonic/big sound created make this album one that will stand up to repeated plays. Interesting listen and it certainly grabs the listener’s attention taking them on a marvelous musical journey.Jason Ritchie – Get Ready to ROCK!

9/10 StarsInvisible Din” is quite brilliant, and surprisingly accessible…the songs are epic journey’s often encompassing two or three parts, and many with huge instrumental passages – and the phenomenal Saxophone of Jackson at the end of “Through The Dream” is worth buying this record for alone – but all with the idea that this should be enjoyed not endured and there is nothing remotely “challenging” (always a dread word) about this quite glorious 70 minutes.” Andy Thorley at Maximum Volume Music

4.5/5 Stars “…it’s difficult not to be swept away by the masterful touch and sounds on show. Keep in mind however that Invisible Din is a slow burn, an album tRhythmhat at first feels intriguing, before slowly revealing its true and quite breathtaking strengths. There’s little doubt that prog is where it’s ‘at’ once again, stunning albums seemingly dropping from nowhere on a monthly basis to amaze and impress. What Lowe and Brzezicki have created with ESP however, is right up there with, if not beyond many of the best of them.” Steven Reid at the Sea of Tranquility

8/10 Stars from Martin Howell in the November issue of POWERPLAY

4/5 Stars “Producer/guitarist Tony Lowe’s project with Big Country and session ace Mark Brzezicki has yielded an eclectic album packed full of progressive rock and fusion.” – November Issue of Rhythm Magazine

“It’s top quality prog no matter where you drop the needle, but early doors it’s “Through The Dream”, “Searching The Banks For A Memory” and “Almost Seen” that get me moist. An essential album for prog fans.” Zeitgeist and The Rocker

“Esp -’Invisible Din’-listened to it in its entirety. It just about blew my mind! Beautiful arrangements, magical production and so emotional and dramatic – enrapturing, captivating, a masterpiece! Absolutely fantastic. Made me well-up in places. That sax, lead guitar, violin – powerfully emotive. The drumming is just phenomenal.”

LAUNCH REVIEWS

Screen-Shot-2017-01-04-at-20.07.43-220x300Thank you to Andy Rawll for a wonderful review of the launch gig in the January edition of ‘Record Collector’…”Lowe cleverly combines sumptuous orchestration with incisive guitar and keyboards, compelling lyrics and soaring vocals. The critical fifth element is the intricate, precise rhythms of Mark Brzezicki…A triumph of style and substance” Record Collector January 2017

“From the outset it was obvious that the band were a really tight-knit outfit, playing densely layered lines of largely instrumental prog of the highest order with three lead instruments available at any one time over a solid, busy rhythm section. The keyboard patches were accurate reproductions of 70s analogue sounds but all the instruments were distinct and the whole sound well-balanced in the low-ceiling venue. It was possible to detect influences as varied as early Genesis, post-Gabriel Genesis, UK, and even a little Pawn Hearts-era Van der Graaf Generator…” Gareth’s Prog Blog

“The performance is absolutely exemplary, without the slightest imperfection expert hands move in unison as guided by the inspired direction of Lowe; Moreover with such a cocktail of artists decades of experience the result could only be flawless. The debut of the ESP has all it takes to become a must for all lovers of progressive rock.” from OPEN by Claudia Porceddu  – English Translation

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‘Invisible Din’ is a unique symphonic, progressive rock concept album and a collaboration with musicians from King Crimson, Van der Graaf Generator, Big Country – Procol Harum, GTR, Lifesigns, and Landmarq, amongst others. Set for an 11th November 2016 release, the music can be compared to Genesis, King Crimson, Yes, Roger Waters, The Alan Parson’s Project and Brand X. The album launch will take place on the same night at 229 The Venue (2) in London.

‘Invisible Din’ is written and produced by Tony Lowe who recently co-produced the ‘Starless Starlight‘ album by David Cross & Robert Fripp and ‘Cold Reading‘ by Bram Stoker. Tony Lowe and Mark Brzezicki are at the forefront of the album project and a core band which will be playing live events with special guests from the world of Prog.

Contributors on the album are; Tony Lowe, Mark Brzezicki (Big Country, Procol Harum), David Cross (King Crimson), David Jackson (Van der Graaf Generator), Phil Spalding (Steve Hackett, Mike Oldfield), Steve Gee (Landmarq), John Young (Lifesigns), Pat Orchard, Alison Fleming (Tony Lowe), John Beagley and electric harp from Yumi Hara (Daevid Allen, Hugh Hopper).

UPDATE: Invisible Din – Tony Lowe & Mark Brzezicki with full band (TBA) will be performing their top-reviewed debut album ‘ESP – Invisible Din’ and launching a new album in 2018.

This promises to be a ground-breaking album and live band with an emphasis on great musicianship.

‘A Prog Rock Tour de Force’.

For all Press Enquiries contact – Roland Hyams – roland@workhardpr.com / 020 8677 8466 / 07768 156392
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MUSICIANS ON THE ALBUM

Tony Lowe
Guitar/Vocals: Tony has worked with many artists as a guitarist including Simon Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Julian Lennon, Pet Shop Boys and Julien Clerc. As a producer has worked with David Cross, Toyah, John Foxx, Simon Townshend, Chris Gray, Bram Stoker, ’David Cross and Robert Fripp’ and many more.

Mark Brzezicki
Drums: Widely known as being the drummer in Big Country although his list of live and studio credits is endless, including Phil Collins, Sting, Procol Harum, The Cult and Midge Ure.

David Cross
Electric Violin: David was violinist in King Crimson and famously played on ‘Larks Tongues in Aspic’ album and ‘Starless and Bible Black’ as well as touring extensively with the band which included Bill Buford and John Wetton. Now involved in many different recording projects including the David Cross Band. David and Tony worked together when they produced the ‘Cross and Fripp’ album ’Starless Starlight’ together in 2015, although their collaborations go way back.

David Jackson
Saxophones/Flutes: David played Saxophones and Flutes through various electronic devices for many years in Van der Graaf Generator. He has also played with Peter Gabriel and Keith Tippet amongst many others which includes 18 Italian bands since 1970! David Jackson’s inspiration originally came from childhood experiences of popular music, jazz, rock and folk. He is also an extraordinary interactive performance artist and the creator of Tonewall.David worked with Tony and David Cross on the ‘Starless Night’ concert at the Bedford in 2015.

Phil Spalding
Bass: Mostly known for his work as a bass player with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Elton John, Mick Jagger, Robbie Williams, Mike Oldfield and Seal.

Steve Gee
Bass: Along with his current band, Landmarq. Steve has also played with John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson, UK, Roxy Music) and Pete Banks, the original guitarist from Yes, amongst many others.

John Beagley
Vocals/Keyboards: John has released several self-produced albums as a solo artist and has collaborated with various musicians, including Simon Collins, (Sound of Contact), Jeremy Cubert and Tom Kraus of Prog band Iluvator.

John Young
John was classically trained at Liverpool Cathedral on the keyboard and voice and has played with many famous artists over the years, including, Greenslade, Asia, John Wetton, Fish, Paul Rodgers, Bonnie Tyler and many more. John has also written music for various TV productions. A consummate player and performer currently with the band Lifesigns.

Alison Fleming
Vocals: Alison’s work is lit by her vivid imagination. Her intuitive, heartfelt, often dramatic lyrics can be candid yet ambiguous making them a perfect match for Tony’s evocative and imaginative music. As heard on many of their collaborations her clearwater, ethereal voice lifts this material to new heights of beauty.

Yumi Hara
Electric Harp: Recently took up harp for ‘Half the Sky; music of Lindsay Cooper’ project. Yumi has collaborated with many musicians as a pianist and vocalist including ‘The Artaud Beats’, ‘Jump for Joy!’, ‘you me & us’ (with Daevid Allen and Chris Cutler) and an album with Hugh Hopper.

Pat Orchard
Acoustic Guitar: Pat has written and recorded several albums of his own material and has toured extensively. He has also supported Annie Lennox, Johnny Cash, Emerson Lake and Palmer and Richard Thompson.

Many thanks to the photographers: David Jackson by Luca Fiaccavento; Steve Gee by Paul Blue; Yumi Hara by Kunimitsu Tsuburai; Alison Fleming by Madeleine Thour; Tony Lowe, Mark Brzezicki, David Cross, John Beagley by Cheryl Stringall

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Solstice Sale – Special Offers

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Chris Gray * Tony Lowe & Alison Fleming * Tony Lowe & Yumi Hara

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Chris Gray : Collection

Diamonds In Your Tree & Don’t Lose Your Way

Chris Gray Collection

1 Album & 1 EP – 16 songs –  1 Digipak (shrinkwrapped) & 1 standard single-disc in a cardboard wallet for £6.00 [plus £2 P&P].

“Diamonds In Your Tree has an ethereal, dreamy ambiance across the 11 tracks. It really is quite addictive and would be almost impossible to compare it. Pretty much out there on its own in style, with oodles of class on top.” Chris Gray.” Maverick

 




 

Tony Lowe & Alison Fleming – The Collection

The Collection

3 Albums, 39 Songs with over 200 minutes of music for £12.00 [plus £4 P&P] with a free download of ‘Shadowbird’ [Remastered], by Tony Lowe

‘Inspiring and original, melodic and heartfelt songs delivered with a unique style…timeless music and lyrics that touch the soul’

Two CDs in Jewel Cases, one with 12 pg lyrics booklet – One as a Digipak with lyrics booklet.

 




 

Guitarist, Producer and Multi-Instrumentalist Tony Lowe and Singer-Songwriter Alison Fleming have released three albums since 2005 and received much critical acclaim for their work together over the years. Alison’s clear water voice and unique style of lyric writing is a perfect addition to some incredible music and production from Tony. Their music spans a variety of moods and textures, from Prog rock to Orchestral to Rock & Acoustic. ‘Human Sleeping’, the third album, follows two well received, critically acclaimed albums; ‘All of the Above’ (concept album) & ‘Second Nature’, together balloted for 14 Grammys.

*’Shadowbird [Remastered] is only available via download on Tony Lowe’s Bandcamp page, or as part of the Special Collection offer.

 

Dream of the Gryllidae by Tony Lowe & Yumi Hara

Dream of the Gryllidae

1 standard single-disc in plastic wallet for £4.00 [plus £2 P&P].

“The guitar is nimble with its growlings, belting out riffs capable of searing paint from walls, then issuing delicate strumming designed to instill a heavenly dreamstate. Whether displaying intensity or delicacy, Lowe shows a remarkable mastery not only of the instrument but to the diverse emotional potential inherent in both sonic directions.”  Sonic Curiousity

 




 

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Tony Lowe : Mark Brzezicki’s ESP with Special Guests – Live Launch & Reviews – 2016

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Launch Reviews

Record Collector

Thank you to Andy Rawll for a wonderful review of the launch gig in the January edition of ‘Record Collector’. “Lowe cleverly combines sumptuous orchestration with incisive guitar and keyboards, compelling lyrics and soaring vocals. The critical fifth element is the intricate, precise rhythms of Mark Brzezicki…A triumph of style and substance”  Record Collector January 2017

“I’ve got a feeling that symphonic progressive rock has a new standard-bearer. I’ll certainly seek out future ESP shows in London and the South East – long may they continue. Thank you, Tony Lowe, Mark Brzezicki and your amazing collaborators for an evening of wonderful music. ESP: All symphonic progressive rock fans should buy Invisible Din and make every effort to go to see them on tour.Gareth’s Prog Blog

The performance is absolutely exemplary, without the slightest imperfection expert hands move in unison as guided by the inspired direction of Lowe; Moreover with such a cocktail of artists decades of experience the result could only be flawless. The debut of the ESP has all it takes to become a must for all lovers of progressive rock.from Open by Claudia Porceddu  – English Translation

PRESS RELEASE

Invisible Din Album Launch

MUSICIANS ON THE ALBUM

Tony Lowe
Guitar/Vocals: Tony has worked with many artists as a guitarist including Simon Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Julian Lennon, Pet Shop Boys and Julien Clerc. As a producer has worked with David Cross, Toyah, John Foxx, Simon Townshend, Chris Gray, Bram Stoker, ’David Cross and Robert Fripp’ and many more.

Mark Brzezicki
Drums: Widely known as being the drummer in Big Country although his list of live and studio credits is endless, including Phil Collins, Sting, Procol Harum, The Cult and Midge Ure.

David Cross
Electric Violin: David was violinist in King Crimson and famously played on ‘Larks Tongues in Aspic’ album and ‘Starless and Bible Black’ as well as touring extensively with the band which included Bill Buford and John Wetton. Now involved in many different recording projects including the David Cross Band. David and Tony worked together when they produced the ‘Cross and Fripp’ album ’Starless Starlight’ together in 2015, although their collaborations go way back.

David Jackson
Saxophones/Flutes: David played Saxophones and Flutes through various electronic devices for many years in Van der Graaf Generator. He has also played with Peter Gabriel and Keith Tippet amongst many others which includes 18 Italian bands since 1970! David Jackson’s inspiration originally came from childhood experiences of popular music, jazz, rock and folk. He is also an extraordinary interactive performance artist and the creator of Tonewall.

Phil Spalding
Bass: Mostly known for his work as a bass player with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Elton John, Mick Jagger, Robbie Williams, Mike Oldfield and Seal.

Steve Gee
Bass: Along with his current band, Landmarq. Steve has also played with John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson, UK, Roxy Music) and Pete Banks, the original guitarist from Yes, amongst many others.

John Beagley
Vocals/Keyboards: John has released several self-produced albums as a solo artist and has collaborated with various musicians, including Simon Collins, (Sound of Contact), Jeremy Cubert and Tom Kraus of Prog band Iluvator.

John Young
John was classically trained at Liverpool Cathedral on the keyboard and voice and has played with many famous artists over the years, including, Greenslade, Asia, John Wetton, Fish, Paul Rodgers, Bonnie Tyler and many more. John has also written music for various TV productions. A consummate player and performer currently with the band Lifesigns.

Alison Fleming
Vocals: Alison’s work is lit by her vivid imagination. Her intuitive, heartfelt, often dramatic lyrics can be candid yet ambiguous making them a perfect match for Tony’s evocative and imaginative music. As heard on many of their collaborations her clearwater, ethereal voice lifts this material to new heights of beauty

Yumi Hara
Electric Harp: Recently took up harp for ‘Half the Sky; music of Lindsay Cooper’ project. Yumi has collaborated with many musicians as a pianist and vocalist including ‘The Artaud Beats’, ‘Jump for Joy!’, ‘you me & us’ (with Daevid Allen and Chris Cutler) and an album with Hugh Hopper.

Pat Orchard
Acoustic Guitar: Pat has written and recorded several albums of his own material and has toured extensively. He has also supported Annie Lennox, Johnny Cash, Emerson Lake and Palmer and Richard Thompson.

NOVEMBER 2016 LAUNCH

Invisible Din Album Launch

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Join us at 229 THE VENUE (2), London – 11 November 2016 for

Tony Lowe & Mark Brzezicki’s ESP –Invisible Din’ – Album Launch

*Tickets: £12 Advance – £15 Door at:

229 The Venue (+£1.50 booking fee) or Ents24 (+ £1.20 booking fee)

Tony Lowe & Mark Brzezicki’s ESP is a collaboration with musicians from King Crimson, Van der Graaf Generator, Procol Harum, GTR, Landmarq and more. The new band, formed by Producer/Guitarist Tony Lowe and Drummer Mark Brzezicki, is showcasing the debut album ‘Invisible Din’ and will include performances from most of the musical contributors. The immensely talented Mickey Simmonds on keyboards has joined the ESP project on keyboards, and will be appearing at the album launch. Mickey has previously worked with Mike Oldfield, Fish, Camel and many others.

‘Invisible Din’ is Written and Produced by Tony Lowe, who recently co-produced the ‘Starless Starlight‘ album by David Cross & Robert Fripp.

Set for an 11th November 2016 release, ‘Invisible Din’ can be compared to Genesis, King Crimson, Yes, Roger Waters, The Alan Parson’s Project and Brand X.

The ESP project has an open door collaboration policy, the performer line-up may vary for shows and subsequent albums. Additional musicians may be added to both the album and/or band. Many thanks to the photographers: David Jackson by Luca Fiaccavento; Steve Gee by Paul Blue; Yumi Hara by Kunimitsu Tsuburai; Alison Fleming by Madeleine Thour; Tony Lowe, Mark Brzezicki, David Cross, John Beagley by Cheryl Stringall
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Lowe’s & Brzezicki’s ESP – Prog Project Updates

Mark Brzezicki

Mark BrzezickiStay tuned for new 2017 live gig and tour updates!

The core band is back in studio working on new material – meanwhile new reviews keep coming in!

‘Invisible Din’ album & launch reviews and purchasing information.

February 2016
Mark BrzezickiWe’ve been in the studio working on Tony Lowe’s ESP project; a unique symphonic progressive rock concept album touching upon the musical realms of Brand X, David JacksonAlan Parsons, King Crimson with colours of Genesis and Yes…. Parts are in from the remarkable; Mark Brzezicki (Big Country, Procol Harum), David Cross (King Crimson), David Jackson (Van der Graaf Generator), John Young (Lifesigns), Pat Orchard, Alison Fleming & John Beagley – and we look forward to adding bass from Steve Gee (Landmarq), Phil Spalding (Steve Hackett, Mike Oldfield) and electric harp from Yumi Hara (Daevid Allen, Hugh Hopper).

The session this week with Mark Brzezicki and his new custom Pearl drum kit left us all inspired Tony Lowe, Mark Brzezicki, David Cross, John Beagleyand energized. Mark is a world class, liquid drummer with a great prog groove. As one onlooker put it, we were all enchanted.

14/04/16 – It’s Bass Player week at the ESP sessions. Steve Gee from Landmarq came in yesterdayTony Lowe & Phil Spalding and completely smashed it on two sections and will return to do much more in the coming weeks. Another low frequency transformation takes place when Phil Spalding comes in on Friday to rattle our bones with his own take on the opening and closing sections. There will be titles… eventually…

Steve Gee & Tony LoweListening to the fantastic musicianship and creativity of all participants is a joy, each part distinctively adding to the whole of this major composition. We are aiming for a late autumn 2016 release, accompanied by a launch gig.

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Human Sleeping

Human Sleeping

Human Sleeping Digipak

Human SleepingDreams 1 to 8′  – the stunning new album from Tony Lowe & Alison Fleming – out July 1, 2014!

This evocative album has a ghostly beauty, woven throughout by Tony Lowe’s distinctive and heartfelt guitar with overlays of Alison’s sublime ‘clear-water’ vocals and eclectic lyrics.

It’s mysterious, dreamlike atmospheric prog with strong melodies, provocative intent, and a pervasive message of hope.

Reviews and Pre-Ordering special – a link to the free, exclusive – MP3 Download of ‘Drifting Over’ by Tony Lowe & Alison Fleming HERE.

‘Mystery’, from the Human Sleeping album.

‘The Visitor’, from the Human Sleeping album.

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55 Minutes of Pure Prog

Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker

BRAM STOKER’S – COLD READING

With over 22 excellent reviews in the music industry press – Bram Stoker’s ‘Cold Reading’ is a must for those fans of classic-symphonic-gothic prog. See a recap of reviews below – Digital purchases here.

PROG January 2014“It’s all rather beautiful in a gothic way…still symphonic but warmer and more assured – suggests they’ve much to offer the prog revival.” Full review in January 2014 issue of PROG.

“BRAM STOKER are back for another bite! – illusion weavers return to find their old glory and find the devil in the spectacular detail…The cold reading technique – which is an art in itself – demands attention as does this psyche-searching, and soothing, alEuro Rock Pressbum. Hopefully, given the band’s current strength, it’s a new beginning, and there’ll be more.”Let It Rock

“Wow! One of my favorite albums of the year already….This album must be experienced to be fully appreciated. I have attempted to capture the spirit, but only hearing it yourself will truly register the dynamic power of this album.” Read this excellent, detailed review by Mark Johnson at Sea of Tranquility and his  interview with Tony Lowe and Tony Bronsdon on the Bram Stoker project.

“The thing that’s makes this album slightly unusual is that band are allowed to show off their musical ability by including five tracks with vocals and five instrumental tracks” continued…”demonstrating that this trio of musicians are supremely talented and deserve every ounce of success.” Continued – Metal Talk

“This is a very enjoyable album, with well constructed songs and great guitar finesse…this may have been an exceptionally long time in coming, but it is worthwhile none-the-less.” – Guitar Techniques

“Another striking feature of the album is that the quality is maintained throughout….it will appeal to anyone schooled in early 1970s prog (or early 1980s prog come to that) who likes a bit of Hammond organ in their music. For a man of my tastes, ‘Cold Reading’ is an unmitigated pleasure; a surprise and a joy.”  – More at Uber Rock

Classic Rock‘“Cold Reading” is an amazing achievement – right down to its psychedelic occult Crowley-esque album cover – given I can’t think of any authentic band from that era who are still playing true to that early style…Bram Stoker have unfinished business and this time the prog world should be rocked to its foundations…this is hardcore prog by the original purveyors of it!’ Read the rest of this review at Battle Helm

New review of Cold Reading up in the April 2014 issue of ROCK SOCIETY.

“Their take on neo-prog is both flamboyant and melodic” – Classic Rock 

FOR JAPANESE FRIENDS: New interview of Tony Bronsdon and Tony Lowe in Euro Rock Press – Vol. 61

FOR POLISH FRIENDS: Thank you Artur Chachlowski for the airplay of ‘Cold Reading’ on MLWZ and this excellent review of the album – translation – Bram Stoker Review.

FOR GERMAN FRIENDS: Many thanks to Jurgen Meurer for his review in Empire Magazine No. 104 and his review in Babyblaue-Seiten – translation here.

ClassixFOR ITALIAN FRIENDS: An interview with Tony Bronsdon and Tony Lowe by Eduardo Vitolo in il Mondo Di Edu  and a new review in CLASSIX METAL & CLASSIX! Magazines by Eduardo Vitolo

FOR FRENCH FRIENDS:  BRAM STOKER – COLD READING in Highlands Magazine

“That said this is from the decidedly more melodic/ symphonic keyboard led end of the proggy scale (think Alan Parsons or Camel) but, probably because they were there at the get-go, it also sounds incredibly authentic, like the 1974 follow up that never was.”  – TM Online

“The original member Tony Bronsdon (keys) and guitarist Tony Lowe have fashioned a contemporary sounding album whilst still respectful of their heritage…The album is a really good listen and errs on the gentle but persuasive side of prog with a mix of instrumentals and vocal tracks, just like that debut…Prog fans will really appreciate the subtle nuances, and the excellent vocals of new recruit Will Hack (who also plays drums).”  – Get Ready to ROCK!

“BRAM STOKER is an interesting band from the Early British Progressive Rock Movement (like JULIAN’S TREATMENT, GRACIOUS, FANTASY, RARE BIRD, etc.) featuring great Hammond organ work and fiery electric guitar play. The climates often have dark overtones.”  – Free Prog Rock FB Page

“Just in case you missed them first time around (and you did), they’ve re-recorded a couple of oldies in the shape of ‘Fast Decay’ and ‘Fingal’s Cave’, and it says a lot for the new tunes that you can’t see the join. If you’re looking for a marker, then imagine Genesis had been formed by the Artful Doger and his mates, rather than a bunch of posh boys. There’s grit in them grooves. A stunner of an album, and one of the best prog records you’ll hear all year.”The Rocker

“Pleasant and engaging prog that veers between mid-era Genesis (before they went too far down the pop road) and classic neBram Stoker - Cold Readingo-prog with layers and layers of more subtle, yet rich, synths complimented by some lovely guitar flourishes and a vocal performance that is not too dissimilar to Mr. Collins in places.” – Powerplay Magazine

“With Cold Reading you have an album that the classic prog purists will be salivating over with its mix of timeless movements and traditionally styled songs successfully captivating your attention as its mix of sweeping sounds envelops you with its carefully blended mix of synth based sounds, perfectly recreating that original progressive sound from all those years ago.” – Firebrand – Issue No. 15 

German review in Babyblaue-Seiten – translation here.

“Utilising a clever mix of instrumental and vocally driven tunes increases the infatuation throughout the album’s ten songs…” Mass Movement Magazine

“Just heard the trailer for the new and long-overdue Bram Stoker album. The clarity of production is first class, clear and crisp, and very welcome given modern-day electro-gimmickry, little of which I expect to find when listening to the complete works. These guys have created a warm, positive soundscape to match an interesting variety of new tracks. Music from the heart, the prog influence is there for all to hear and this is no bad thing. Great sounds from a band of talented musicians who I’d personally love to see perform the album live.” Dave Dyment – UK

“Wow super impressive, sounds like you’re definitely hitting the sweet spot there! Definitely an exciting and inspirational modern rebirth of the genre.” Miklos Power – Australia

“This is first class prog at its best!” Nick Katona President – Melodic Revolution Records

Bram Stoker Tracks are being played on the following radio stations:

THE ROCK SHOW  PLAYLIST Heard On: Trent Sound (Nottingham) – Sine FM 102.6 (Doncaster) – Severn FM 107 (Gloucester) – The Voice (North Devon) United FM – Atlantic Radio UK – Voice Of Peace (Israel) – More Music Radio 97.1 (Spain) – Radio Shamal (Italy) – Radio FML – YouthFeverRadio (Aruba)

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Tony Lowe & Alison Fleming

Lowe-Fleming Human Sleeping

Tony Lowe & Alison FlemingGuitarist, producer Tony Lowe and Singer-songwriter Alison Fleming have once again joined forces for a new album project. ‘Human Sleeping’, their third collaboration, follows two well received and critically acclaimed albums, balloted for the Grammys in 14 categories.

This evocative album has a ghostly beauty, woven through-out by Tony Lowe’s distinctive and heartfelt guitar with overlays of Alison’s sublime ‘clear-water’ vocals and eclectic lyrics.

Genres: Atmospheric Prog, Alternative Rock, Ethereal Wave

Like: Alan Parson’s Project, Kate Bush, Moody Blues, Jon Anderson, Delerium