Forest Field News items
It is so humbling for us to be leading the One World Music Radio Rock Top 30 for 2 months in a row! This means that our music has had the most plays on the station in a month.
A huge thanks goes out to the OMWR crew and all the listeners.
There is a podcast of the show available, and of course it features one of our tracks:
Steve Sheppard from One World Music is someone whoe obviously cares deeply about his reviews and puts in a lot of effort to understand the music and give it the words it deserves.
And once again he hit the nails on the head with his writing about our Lonely Desert album. From our perspective it is so great when people really take the time to dig in and get the understand what we do!
- Forest Field are back and with their most elaborate project to date as Lonely Desert is now upon us, and featuring the amazing vocals of CranstoN front man Phil Vincent and of course the stylish and classy guitars of Peter Cox, one of the most incredible multi instrumentalists around today.
- Valley of Pain is where we start, and if you ever wanted to begin with something exceptional this is it, this track is outstanding, almost like a heavier version of Marillion at times, but the driving guitar and melodic vocals from Vincent find that extra power along the way, that makes this opener a true classic and a perfect opening piece.
- Now for something completely different, this one is called Doomed in the Desert; the whole album is loosely based around the epic tale Dune, written of course by Frank Herbert. Here the piano and Vincent are narrator of this tale of the desert and the will to survive. A fresh approach this, a slow tempo to match the tired energy and labour of the lonely and lost desert wanderer, the keyboards and acoustic guitar creating a sun filled vista, in what is an excellently musically painted composition. Then as if to lull you into a false sense of security, at over 4 minutes in, the song explodes into a semi rock ballad of despair, grit and determination.
- The wonderful weave of this album continues with the song Asleep, the narrative is creative, as is the arrangement of this semi rock ballad, the instrumentation used here is indeed excellent, but for me the harmonies employed in the songs construction were outstanding. Here is another fine example just how far Cox has raised the Forest Field bar.
- Forest Field have succeeded, they have produced their best album with ease to date, I love all of their last releases, but this one is off the scale and I am certain will feature on many of my shows over the next few months. Cox and Vincent have created an undeniably superb release with Lonely Desert and Forest Field will no doubt relentlessly climb up the chart with this one. If you’re a rock fan and want to be both entertained and empowered, you would do you self a very big favour, by adding this total gem of a rock release, into your musical collection.
Well, what can we say, we are still floored by all the compliments! Thank you Steve!
To read the full review click here
Our friends from Rock Melodico have written a great review for Lonely Desert. But since Spanish is not my best language, here a translation to English:
Forest Field and a job of excellence in “Lonely Desert”
Alex Socco, November 10, 2016
Forest Field are back with their fourth studio work released by the Rock Company label. And saying Forest Field is talking about Dutchman Peter Cox, the brain and mentor of this project which is completed by the voice of Phil Vincent (Cranston, Tragik). Then all the instruments were recorded by Cox at Down the Road Studios in Holland. And what’s more is to say that Cox composed all the songs.
So what about ‘Lonely Desert’? First, it is a step forward in quality with respect to the previous ‘Angels?’, already reviewed on these pages. The songs have more consistency, the production is superior and also the compositions. It is a work that mixes – as Forest Field have always done – progressive rock and melodic rock with more experimental parts and this is the best to date. There are a coiuple of instrumental tracks and the rest are adorned by Vincent’s voice, while the lyrics are based on Frank Herbert’s ‘The Chronicles of Dune’.
Within the songs, we have the initial “Valley of Pain”, probably one of the best ever for its melancholic melody, brilliantly vocalized by Vincent. “Coriolis” is an introspective instrumental with a crescendo in rhythm and a guitar solo at the end that really explodes. “Doomed In The Desert” is a ballad adorned with piano and here it is noticed that the vocalist feels more at ease with this type of records. “Alienation (Stranger In Me)” also has that melodic imprint in half-time format, more rock and with good choirs.
“To Bits” is an instrumental with subtle arpeggios of guitars, while “Asleep” is pure melodic rock, soft and dreamy. We also have something more heavy on “Into The Light”, with more sharp guitars and then follows “Riding the Worm”, the last of the instrumental tracks, more experimental with delicate arrangements of keyboards and works of guitars similar to David Gilmour. “The Confrontation” returns the classic melodic hard rock and the album ends with “Fear”, which mixes hard rock, AOR and prog, all in the same cocktail.
Last year we did an interview with Peter Cox, where he described Forest Field as a project of “good melodies, many harmonies, guitar works, elaborate arrangements, mellotron and hammond sounds and varied songs.”
As always, it is necessary to listen to the album more often to appreciate the work in its entirety. I would also say something to Peter Cox: it is time to make a purely instrumental record with “Coriolis” as a base of influence and for heads to fly.
On the Strutter Reviews page you can now find a review for the latest Forest Field release. In Gabor’s words:
Forest Field ‘Lonely desert’ (Rock Company)
Already the 4th album of Forest Field, which is a project by Dutch multi-instrumentalist Peter Cox. He does everything by himself except the vocals, which are provided by Phil Vincent, who recorded them in the USA. The result is more or less close to Phil Vincent’s releases, so if you’re familiar with his music, then you will understand how this sounds like. This time it all starts with a very strong song titled Valley of pain, an uptempo AOR/Melodic Rock tune with a deadly catchy chorus. This is definitely one of the finest songs of Forest Field so far. The rest of the album isn’t that as strong as the opening cut, but still a nice melodic heavy rock affair, with a few instrumentals and a couple surprising calmer tunes, such as Doomed in the desert and the epic lengthy closing track Fear that reveals progrock influences. All together a nice new record by Forest Field. More info at: www.rockcompany.nl
(Points: 7.8 out of 10)
The odayrox website has written some very nice words on the latest Forest Field album. Here they come:
“Lonely Desert” is the new album from FOREST FIELD, the band of Dutch musician Peter Cox who write all the music and play all the instruments. in fact, Forest Field is an international project, as American Phil Vincent (Legion, Cranston, Tragik) supply all the vocals.
The previous Forest Field album was tested by 0dayrox, but discarded because it was an erratic release, including a couple a really good tracks but not focused and musically disjointed.
Seems Cox finally found his way in this “Lonely Desert”, a melodic brand of progressive rock with a some harder moments. With his strong vocals apt for this kind of material, Phil Vincent helped to round a very interesting album.
Loosely based on the Dune saga from Frank Herbert and other science fiction topics, the music is a mix of prog rock with a couple of more straight forward rockers like the highly melodious, groovy midtempo opener ‘Valley of Pain’ or the pumping melodic hard rocker ‘Into The Light’.
The slower numbers work really well like the, again, melodic ‘Asleep’ and the fine ‘Alienation’ with some Winger touches, while Peter Cox creates two wonderful instrumentals on here, ‘Coriolis’ and the electric / acoustically mixed ‘To Bits’.
Closer ‘Fear’ is another strong composition divided in 6 parts, mixing melodic rock, instrumental passages, and some edge here and there.
Melodic prog rock meets melodic rock is the formula in “Lonely Desert”, a solid new album from Forest Field. Think recent John Elefante’s music, the light proggy side of Winger, Mastedon, a pinch of Kansas, and Phil Vincent last solo album.
Speaking of Vincent, it’s really good to hear him performing material not composed by himself, which not only expands his musical boundaries but also confirms he is a really good vocalist able to perform different stuff.
01 – Valley of Pain
02 – Coriolis
03 – Doomed in the Desert
04 – Alienation
05 – To Bits
06 – Asleep
07 – Into the Light
08 – Riding the Worm
09 – The Confrontation
10 – Fear
Peter Cox – all instruments
Phil Vincent – lead & backing vocals
The friendly folks from One World Music have an album show for our new Lonely Desert album for you. Listen to it to hear a couple of full tracks, samples of all the songs and Peter telling background stories…
**update; the original was deleted in December 2017, this is a new upload.
Forest Field are back with their fourth full length album. Vocals were recorded in The Musik Room, USA. All other instruments were performed, recorded and produced by Peter Cox at Down the Road studio Netherlands. The album was also mixed and mastered there.
After the award winning Angels? album (best Rock album of 2015 on One World Music Radio), Forest Field just dived in with eyes closed and set out to make an even more exciting album. Loosely based on the Dune saga from Frank Herbert and other science fiction topics, Lonely Desert raises the bar even further. From instrumental tracks, to the epic Fear, the band bring their trademark melodies, harmonies and impressive guitar work to the next level. Let alone the beautiful art from the famous Blekkmark Design Studio…
- Valley Of Pain (7:10)
- Coriolis (7:01)*
- Doomed In The Desert (6:21)
- Alienation (Stranger In Me) (5:08)
- To Bits (3:01)*
- Asleep (5:24)
- Into The Light (5:25)
- Riding The Worm (3:27)*
- The Confrontation (5:05)
- Fear (15:10)
* instrumental. All songs by Peter Cox.
Listen to the EPK: