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another fan review!

forest field - jorgeNot so long ago I posted the word Jorge wrote on our Lonely Desert album. Now he has gone back in time a little and picked up the Angels? album. Here is what he wrote about it (translated by Google from Portuguese):

Forest Field – Angels – Peter Cox’s request not to take this album too seriously, should be regarded as a moment of good humor, as well as the cover of the album. The opening track, Broken Wings, totally instrumental, even with a modern footprint reminds us of good progressive rock. Angels, the second track, is that infectious hard rock with AOR pitches, great guitar solos, accurate drumming, which takes us to the good times of Journey, Peter Frampton, Kansas, Asia, Europe and other sacred 80s monsters. Left At Cloud Nine is yet another beautiful short instrumental that will take us to It Looks Like Rain, a softer song with a captivating keyboard in the background, and again the well-placed and seductive guitars become an invitation to an ecstatic journey. Needless to describe each song here, since all 11 songs are fascinating charm, showing that Peter was in ambitious moments of inspiration. An infectious album from beginning to end indicated not only those who like a softer rock, but to all who seek good music. It is important to emphasize the love of Peter for the style, since besides musician, he owns the record company Rock Company, that even comes launching some Brazilian bands in Europe, like Fred Mika, Still Living and Marenna. Thank you for the good songs and for the support of the Brazilian musicians, Peter.

Thank you again so much Jorge! Stuff like this totally makes my day!

Fan review!

a music fan just wrote this on his Facebook timeline (He wrote in Portuguese, so with help from Google comes this translation):
 
Forest Field – Lonely Desert
Launched in 2016, but only now I had the pleasure of getting to know the songs of this duo consisting of Peter Cox (all instruments) and Phil Vincent (vocals). What makes me happy about such work is to see that music has salvation when artists devoted to the 1st art construct a work worthy of appreciation and praise. Forest Field is able to mix styles such as Progressive, Aor, Melodic Rock and Ambient Music with a very innovative sound. The progressive atmosphere is more influential in songs, which makes each song unique and captivating. Lonely Desert is a conceptual album based on Dune by Frank Herbert, and in my opinion conceptual albums when well crafted are a caress for the ears and a stimulant for the brain. All the songs are fascinating, although Fear with its more than 15 minutes with its various passages, changes and solos was love at first sight. It is worth having this work in physical format.
 
Thank you so much Jorge!

new album started!

drums forest fieldSeeing lots of this at the moment. Just a couple more tracks and then it is time for the bass! Which of course means that recordings for the next album have started! Really happy with the direction and hope to add a couple of surprises along the way. Will try to update you all on the progress…

Alienation video

Since another album will be a while, we decided that a video for one of the tracks on Lonely Desert would be a good idea. After all, 5 months number 1 on the Rock Top 30 at OMWR, very favorable reviews all around, and still a lot of people are not aware of the album. It deserves more attention, so everyone is invited to help share it!

Rock Track of the year Award!

2016 rock track forest field

 

Holy cow, as if getting a nomination for the Lonely Desert album wasn’t enough, we now also received a nomination for the 2016 Rock Track Of The Year award for the opening song on the album, Valley Of Pain!

Needless to say we are very humbled and proud. You can vote here, and we want to wish all the nominees success!

Thank you to all the folks and listeners at One World Music <3

It had to happen…

2017 04 Top 30 Rock Chart.

 

Indeed, it had to happen. After an amazing 5 months of leading the Rock Chart, we have dropped down the the number 4 spot. Still not bad of course 🙂

Congrats to the guys of The Soul Exchange, who have delivered an amazing album!

5 months on top…

2017 03 rock chartWell, how to react to the fact that your album is on top of the Top 30 Rock Chart for a record breaking 5th month in a row? I am speechless and so thankful for all the support Lonely Desert is receiving. It is awesome beyond words and humbling. The best words I have are THANK YOU!

For now we are resting on our laurels a bit, but rest assured, there will be another Forest Field album. We just need to get it started, someday…. But for now we enjoy this success <3

2016 Rock Album Award Nomination!

omwr awards 2016 - forest fieldomwr awards 2016 - rockWe have the honor of receiving the 2016 Rock album nomination from the ever so friendly people at One World Music Radio. Their team of judges have decided to put our album Lonely Desert among the 10 nominees!

If you look at the list, it feels kinda unreal we are featured there. Even when our previous album Angels? won at the awards for 2015.

Needless to say we wish all the nominees success! As far as we are concerned, we are all already winners.

another great review!

let it rockDmitry from Let It Rock on DMME has written another great review for our latest album! You can find it on their website or read it below. Thank you Dmitry!

FOREST FIELD – Lonely Desert

Rock Company 2016

FOREST FIELD - Lonely Desert

FOREST FIELD –
Lonely Desert

Spicy, if not spaced out, interpretation of the Muad’Dib story. Epic choruses abound.

Over the years, there’s been a few attempts to harness the essence of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” but only Klaus Schulze had taken it to an LP scale while eschewing songs’ format, an approach which multi-instrumentalist Peter Cox turned around for his fourth album loosely based on the classic book. With former LEGION singer Phil Vincent giving voice to most of the pieces here and clinging to Arrakis’ literary surface in “Fear” to create a triumphant finale, “Lonely Desert” is a many-layered work which reveals previously unnoticed textures with every new spin without losing its infectiousness.

One doesn’t need to be familiar with the context, though, to feel its melodic grip once “Valley Of Pain” has set things in motion with a heavy guitar hook, before vocals bring airiness into the arid riff-and-strum whose AOR magnetism is inescapable. There also sublime harmonies to make the refrains of “Into The Light” and “Asleep” as memorable as possible, yet dry production and deliberate toning down of the performances add to the thematic and cinematic dramatism that’s dictated by the original sci-fi saga.

Whereas voiceless vignettes such as “To Bits” introduce folk sensibility to the narrative, they also provide atmospheric contrast to the tension oozing out from the organ-bolstered “Alienation” to let this cosmos breathe. It may be lonely out there, but there’s music for a company.

***4/5

Stunning Review!

progarchy

The famous Progarchy site have published an absolute mindblowing review of the latest Forest Field album Lonely Desert. Reviewer Jay Watson commented on all the tracks and the artwork and gave many songs a 9 or a 10. Here are some edits of his words:

  • I wish I had heard of this musical endeavor earlier on as they are quite good and I really like this album. It is a bit of a concept album based loosely on Frank Herbert‘s DUNE, but the listener need not know that classic to enjoy the listening experience.
  • Before some track by track comments it needs be said that this not your “classical” prog of the early founding 70’s nor even the second wave iteration. There is more classic rock afoot here than Yes, Genesis, or Spock’s Beard.  Forest Field is more of Thin Lizzy meets Judas Priest with Boston stirred in…infused with very tasty mellotron and synth additives. But that is not a bad thing as the music is too good to let restrictive descriptors keep ones ears shut.
  • Track 4: Alienation (stranger in me) (5:08)  Synths, keys, guitar, drums & base…. Foot starts tapping immediately. Best song so far.  I  love the melody. This would make a great single in my prog universe!   Great guitar solo.  10/10
  • Track 5: To Bits (3:01)  Another beautifully arranged and mixed instro opening with guitar and bass playing off the synth…then the drums are added at the minute plus mark.  This is more of a mood piece.  9/10
  • Track 6: Asleep (5:24)  Asleep is anything but, as it starts off rocking…a great rhythmic opening…very nice rock tune with great vocals and nice poppy riffs (but in a good way)…This would be another Top 40 hit in my prog imagination.  I enjoy the accessible sing-along chorus. Also, maybe my favorite track.  More great guitar.  10/10
  • After 9 tracks I was thoroughly enjoying this disc but still hoping for some “wibbly-wobbly” prog caricature sounds to cement it in my own, maybe too narrow view of the genre. The closing song does that!
    Track 10: Fear (15:10)  The guitar chords strummed slowly and majestically invoke a romantic past (neo-classical) with a very beautiful melody. At 2:18 the hard electric guitar, bass, keys, and drums bust in with a forceful driving sound, and again the vocals are big, Journey like almost.  There’s a real 80’s feel, almost arena rock (not that that’s always a bad thing). The sing-along nature of this tune (along with most of the other songs) brings to mind Eddie Money, early Styx, Bon Jovi, and most rock with melody. At the 6:50 the guitar gets harder and darker and some nice interplay with the several sounds as well as the vocals put a prog patina on this middle section.  The lyrics of being the “freemen” has a prog-foundational-theme firmly ingrained. The dark plodding of the beat contrasted by the light and hopeful sounding lyrics makes this song an anthem of resistance…the “keepers of the spice” will fight.  Any 15-minute song has to be prog, I guess.  A winning last track 9.5, or maybe 10/10.

Needless to say these are only some of the highlights in the comments. We are still floored. Thank you very much Jay and to read his full article go here.

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