Forest Field News items
We are still absolutely floored by the news that our album Angels has won the 2015 One World Music Radio award for Best Rock Album! On the show page you can see all the nominees in all the categories and have a listen at the award show podcast. The title track of the album is featured in the show:
If you wanna have a listen visit the album page and if you would like to own it, it is available online on all major players, on Spotify, or go directly to our label Rock Company (which helps us the most!)
On Forest Field:
AOR with a little Prog influence? Functions pretty well in case of Forest Field’s third album
In all honesty, the band name is a bit of a mistake, because behind it we find a duo: from the US Phil Vincent (Legion, Tragik) on Vocals and Dutchman Peter Cox (Chinawhite, Earthshine) handles all instruments (Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drums). But with the quality on offer, we will not make a problem out of this
a powerful release
To find out more of the story behind the 8.5 out of 10 points, go to http://www.crossfire-metal.de/13468-0-FOREST-FIELD-ANGELS.html.
wanted to let you know our album Angels? is nominated for best rock album of 2015 on the One World Music Radio awards 2015.Needless to say we are very proud of that. Check the Nominees and catogories here:http://oneworldmusic.co.uk/#/owmr-awards/4581224063
There is also a possibility to vote for Peter in the Peoples Choice award. Another big honor!
And last but not least; reception in the press has been the best so far. Makes us more determined to try to make an even better record. Which we have already started smile-emoticon
Take care, and thanks for you support.
Oh, and the http://www.rockcompany.nl website has been updated with some cool new features, you might want to check that out.
Famed site Strutter has published an amazing review of our latest album on their site. It reads:
Forest Field ‘Angels?’ (Rock Company)
Forest Field is a Dutch project lead by Chinawhite guitarist Peter Cox. The album Angels? features Peter not only playing guitar, but also bass, keyboards, mellotron, piano, drums and organ, while for the singing part we can hear good old American singer Phil Vincent, who is also a multi-instrumentalist and a regular feature in the melodic rockscene. Phil and I go back in time to the mid 1990s when he released his first couple of albums in a period when this kind of music was completely dead. Now in 2015 melodic rock is all around and Forest Field is a great project that can easily be mentioned alongside Phil Vincent’s music, although there’s much more to explore here, because Peter also loves to go wild on the keys and then a sorta new age meets 70s symphonic rock instrumental sound is hearable. Anyway, if we have a look at the tracklisting, it starts with the instrumental Broken wings, followed by Angels (typical Phil Vincent style, good catchy 80s uptempo melodic heavy rocker like Pink Cream 69 meets Praying Mantis), Left at cloud 9 (beautiful instrumental calm piece), It looks like rain (nice semi instrumental, bluesy rock, beginning melodic rock), Angel with a dirty face (midtempo AORish, Journey meets House Of Lords, good vocals by Phil and perhaps the best song), Message for a messenger (great instrumental, a little mystic), The zoo (good Phil Vincent ish melodic rock), Lovers lane (great instrumental, guitar solo a la Neal Schon, beautiful melodies and definitely the best instrumental), Change me (very nice midtempo melodic rock, slightly proggy), In excelsis (fine instrumental, great guitarsolo towards the end, a lengthy tune) and closing track Spot on the sun (a heavier tune, most proggy tune on the album). Concluded, a good portion of melodic rock here when Phil sings, with some paths leading to light prog and new age when it all goes into the instrumental breaks. Check it out for yourself at: https://www.reverbnation.com/forestfield and https://www.forestfield.nl/
(Points: 8.0 out of 10)
The Dutch Progressive Rock Pages (who by the way are an international webzine) have done a great review of our latest album Angels?
*If there was to be a prize for the most misleading cover of a prog rock CD, I would certainly nominate the Dutch band Forest Field. Their third CD, Angels?, comes in a carton card box with a cartoon on the cover showing a naked girl wrapped in yellow tape that carries the text “Caution, Keep Out”. For me, this signals ‘keep away!’ as this CD will contain some uninteresting drum ‘n bass, house, dance or techno musical adventure, all of which I’m totally uninterested in. But Forest Field is none of these at all, and that’s the first good thing about this album!
* Phil Vincent, an American vocalist with whom Cox has also worked on former Forest Field albums, takes care of all vocals, recording remotely from Cox in an American studio. His voice reminds me of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, and that’s not a bad thing!
* With four more instrumentals, varying from the short but nice Left at Cloud 9 through to the beautiful Message for a Messenger (there so much in that song that brings the Eagles’ Journey of the Sorcerer to mind, which is nice) toLovers Lane, a guitar-driven instrumental that proceeds at a rather slow but enjoyable pace, reminiscent of Snowy White’s Bird of Paradise!
* The album also offers more up-tempo songs, such as the title track, which shows a very different side of the band as it is a AOR song in the vein of Journey or Foreigner. Angel With a Dirty Face is another example of that style, with nice percussion played just after the time signature, which has an overall feeling of Foreigner’s Feels Like the First Time.
* Inbetween is the ballad Looks Like Rain, which has very nice, slightly-distorted guitars following the harmony vocals and odd-time signatures, leading to an attractive bluesy guitar solo that makes this a great track!
* Peter Cox indicates on the inner sleeve of the package that not all of this project should be taken too seriously. Well, that may account for the sleeve (good practical joke!) but he has taken himself quite seriously in the music, which pays off due to its quality. Tracks such as Message for a Messenger and It Looks Like Rain are little gems. Not all of the album may be as progressive as many readers of this site would like, but it’s progressive enough to check out.
All resulting in a 7.5 out of 10 score. Thanks to Theo Verstrael!
Read the full article here.
And again a more favorable review from my home country. Seems the reviewers are finally warming up a bit to the Forest Field sound 😉
Here some quotes:
* I have to credit Peter for focussing on the rock element, the compositions have an extra crunch, mainly because of the overly present guitar solos and melodies that Angels? holds.
* Listen to his guitar solos on the instrumental In Excelsis and you hear he really has the skills and knowhow to pull off some fine guitar work.
* It Looks Like Rain is a fine song with fine solos and The Zoo is another one I do like very much.
Read it in full here
Thanks you Pedro!
Relationships are serious business. As is human behaviour. But we can’t help making a bit of fun about it. These are serious times, but laughing is healthy for you. So enjoy THE ZOO:
Spanish site Rock Melodico has done a nice interview with us. Not sure everybody understands the language, but since it was done in English, I have a translation for you 🙂
1) Peter, tell us a little about Forest Field, when its formed and its origins.
I formed the project in 2012, out of frustration that the next CD of my band Chinawhite (hard rock / prog, www.chinawhite.nl) was again taking years to complete. I was writing so much songs, I wanted to move forward!
First with the intention to create a combination of instrumental, ambient / new age typed instrumentals and vocal prog rock. The first release in 2013 Floating On Air is a 32 minute ambient track… The first full length Pioneers Of The Future came soon after and had an international cast. Phil Vincent sang 3 songs, I had a couple of other singers and sang one song myself as well. And a friend played bass on a couple of songs. After that album Phil Vincent and I decided to keep working together so Phil became the second steady member.
The name Forest Field is a loose translation of the region in the Netherlands where I live. Phil is an American, so we are literally oceans apart. He has his own studio where he records the vocals and then sends everything to me. In my studio I record, mix and master the songs.
2) it’s a solo project?
Well I do write all the songs and lyrics and record all the instruments. Although we had a guest (Sue Straw) on Native American flutes on the 3rd release, Onwards On Upwards. That album was mixed by Billy Sherwood from Yes / Circa: by the way.
Phil sometimes changes the words a bit if that suits the vocal melodies better. But Phil has a lot on his hands so we like working this way. I provide the basic tracks and a guide for the vocals and Phil does his magic and sends his parts back to me.
3) You made a style near prog with some moments of ambient rock.
Yes that is what we are after. Although on the latest album Angels? the ambient is less obvious than before. This album rocks a bit more I think. Suited the theme better in my humble opinion. Still I like to play around with the arrangements and am not afraid of gentle passages and weird turns left or right. That is a prog mentality I guess.
4) What will find people in ‘Angels’?
Well if you like catchy vocal melodies and lots of harmonies, some nice guitar work, elaborate arrangements, mellotron or hammond, breaks and odd time signatures and varied songs that go from soft to rock and back, this album will be right up your alley. A recent reviewer urged his readers to buy the album since he felt it was one of the best CD’s he heard this year and of course I think that is a good point ha ha. There are 11 songs on the album, 6 have vocals by Phil and in 2 others you can hear my voice even if they are largely instrumental. De rest is purely instrumental, from acoustic guitar and keyboard to long guitar solos, it is all there.
5) What’s the main difference with last record ‘Onwards And Upwards’?
I think this one rocks a lot more. The previous album was more spiritual and laid back. Still many beautiful songs on there, I love tracks like Stronger and A Miracle. But for Angels? I wanted more emphasis on my guitar as a lot of people comment that they like my playing. And the percentage of vocals is growing as well, which we will continue on our next album…
6) Phil Vincent is the vocalist, I find his voice similar to Kip Winger, are you agree?
Well that is another favourite singer of mine, and both are easy to recognize I think. They share a love of melody and harmonies I feel, so I can understand your point. And I don’t think Phil minds if people compare him to Kip, I happen to know he loves Winger, and Dokken too. His other bands are more hard rock oriented and Forest Field gives him the opportunity to stretch boundaries, like for instance in It Looks Like Rain!
7) The album is a mix between instrumental songs and singing. Why did you decided that?
The original plan was to morph slowly into a complete instrumental outlet. But with Phil joining that seemed like a bad idea so I created another project for that purpose, Earthshine (www.earthshine-music.com). But believe it or not, when I started in 2012 I had already written a lot of songs and have not stopped since! So I am constantly writing and recording and deciding which songs needs to go where. For Forest Field the balance will shift towards vocal songs, although some instrumentals will keep popping up.
8) How can people get this record?
They can go directly to the label, www.rockcompany.nl, who have a flat shipping fee, no matter how many CD’s you order. But it is also available from Amazon, CDBaby and for the people into digital formats, iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, and so on.
9) How is the rock AOR / prog scene in Netherlands?
Well, we have my pals from Terra Nova, who have recently released a new record, and 2 friends of mine (including Chinawhite’s drummer Hans) are now playing with Praying Mantis, the UK band. But most popular are tribute bands, which I find a bit unfortunate as I think original music deserves better.
This music is not played on radio, but over the years several bands have broken internationally. Think Golden Earring, Robby Valentine, Valensia, Knight Area and so on. Prog bands in The Netherlands mostly play a variation on neo prog, which we obviously do not. So it is not a big scene!
10) Thank you very much Peter, if you want to add anything else to all spanish and latinamerica people, will be great.
Muchos gracias! Perhaps it is nice to know that the front covers from the current and previous albums were done by Spanish artist Juan Manzanares who also provided a drawing for the booklet of Pioneers Of The Future.
Very nice to talk to you and I hope everybody who likes the music buys it, the support is vital for us and our future. We are on Facebook, and twitter so join us if you like, we love to hear from you so please let us know you were there. You will find the links on our website, www.forestfield.nl!
Thank you Alex!