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Another great review by French prog magazine 'Prog Censor'. Un grand merci à Brutus. Original French link: http://www.progcensor.eu/2021-juin.html#zqRhsPhk
Huxley Would Approve – Grave New World - Part Two
RATING: 5 out of 5 (excellent)
HUXLEY WOULD APPROVE is the association between Rainer SCHNEIDER multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, singer among others of the cover group Floyd-cover band and Joe BOLIEIRO lyricist, conceptual ideas and art work. The association started in 2015. 5 years on to give a sequel to the fans of PINK FLOYD with an outpouring on CAMEL, BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST, ALAN PARSONS, can be GENESIS, HACKETT or the dark KING CRIMSON, closer to the PORCUPINE TREE obviously; here a note of hope, opening to counter the dark and very beautiful Part 1, to evolve the narcissistic side of WATERS and tender with HUXLEY to let appear and merge their emotions of the moment. Concept, group, project, let's go:
“Blue Morpho Part Three - Eureka Moment” is an energetic instrumental with cathedral organ, rhythm guitar, fresh, new, playful sound; there is Yes, ELP, an air to the “Apache”, finally a remarkable intro to the fruity and invigorating DREAM THEATER. "Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier" and the first title, immediate resemblance of the Floyd period Waters with the characteristic voices of Judith and Rainer, swaying rhythm; it even grooves, the bass well forward, the synth which arrives sublime, simple and beautiful and the guitar solos which become encrusted, more metallic again; it becomes syncopated then conventional, there is less sadness, more hope but a lot of aggression too; a great moment until the door squeak and the clock! "Shadow Work" where Werner's GILMOUR-style guitar gives light and shade to the melody, you combine it all with excellent synth interventions and you get an excellent instrumental track that maintains a high level of interest; one of the most vibrant in my opinion, cover up before the storm because “Darkness (Reprise)”, featured on the first album comes to give you a shot of FLOYD by memory-interposed sequence like opening of the court! "Leaden Wings" connects and prolongs the soaring atmosphere; classic conventional title I would say, a more synthetic climb that starts with Mc KENNITT, CAMEL, PINK FLOYD again with a solo to melt, ALAN PARSONS for the final melody too.
“Looking For A Miracle” starts off with a recognizable acoustic track, depressive with all the gaiety that it can provide, choruses and vocals of Judith hover, it is atmospheric and it is magnified by the musical take-off of the guitar passing another dimension; sublime title until the final progressive sound effect at will, but let's pick up otherwise "Delta Girl" will arrive sounding like an acoustic Floydian folk alliance with Sebastian's guitar; many voices sounding like Waters, warm choruses taking everything up there for a sweet romantic ballad; it's simple, it's remembering and reviewing sequence; the heartbeat sound makes you plunge into “Time” before “Blue Morpho - Part Four” comes to end the album with one if not the best track, frantic rhythm, tempered air, melodic pop rock filled with interesting sounds; the instrumental is borderline nervous even strumming up to the progressive hard themes; paf the latent digression occurs suddenly with the divine piano of Olaf which makes one go one last time on PINK FLOYD, TANGERINE DREAM period 'Stratosfear' then it starts on POPOL VUH and there I melt, emotional and intimate melody to its climax to imagine this better world.
HUXLEY WOULD APPROVE hit hard, really hard; they merged the sounds of the before and the now for a note of hope, that humanity can change by accepting its individual dark sides and by accepting the light, we can still believe it! An album which feels the repeat from afar by the themes used, an album which is full of different sounds of dinosaurs as a testament of what they were able to bring to the world; a subtle, fine album, oozing reminiscences, adapted to dive into your own memories, a real medicine to enter the best of all worlds, simply great art.
Review by Brutus.
Rating 5 / 5
NEW HUXLEY FEATURE IN THE NEW ECLIPSED MAG
In the May issue of the German rock and prog magazine 'Eclipsed' there is a new article about Huxley Would Approve and their new album 'Grave New World - Part Two'. You can read it here (English translation below).
Don't forget to read the current issue in full. At the kiosk or to order at www.eclipsed.de
The future is a butterfly
Huxley Would Approve lead us on 'Grave New World - Part Two' into the light
In 2016 Rainer Schneider, singer of Pink Floyd Tribute band 'The Final Cut' and multi-instrumentalist, and Canadian lyricist Joe Bolieiro released their concept album "Grave New World - Part One". Now the sequel "Part Two" has beeing released as well. The work is as exciting as it is demanding, the Floyd /Roger Waters kit for atmospheric concept albumsit are beeing used - but not only - and also topics of writer Aldous Huxley and the Swiss psychologist Carl Gustaf Jung.
Bolieiro tries to sum it up: "The seed of the concept was the lyrics of the song 'Wish You Were Here ', which I interpreted as' Wish (I) Were Here' because I fear technology keeps us more and more away from true human connections. This cybernetic alienation leads us to Huxley's famous dystopia 'Brave New World '. Jung concepts like the repressed 'shadow' and unconscious feminine nature - 'anima' - are introduced to protect our narcissistic-messianic protagonists to participate in this possible next evolutionary step.
In the in the second part he actually finds the light in his dark side that understands and shadows with the help of its anima accepted. "And Schneider adds poetically:" A transformation into a beautiful blue morpho butterfly. Nature and Humans will ultimately win. Everything will be fine!"
One possible holistic healing that gives hope. But there are dangers in every future development of mankind lurking are reflected not least in the cover artwork. Bolieiro: "The mechanical butterfly represents our possible future in the form of merging with machines. "
Musically, in addition to highly atmospheric Floyd soundscape ferences, once again there was put a noticeable shovel on top and the music acts independently of the overpowering role model Pink Floyd / Roger Waters. Horror motifs, harder moments and more progressive Genesis sound are added.
Schneider is euphoric: "By having the emotions of the protagonist change extremely in the second part, also suited me a lot more expression options available. experimenting with harmonies, melodies and layered song structure great was great fun."
A whole new story is possible for the next album, right now however, Huxley Would Approve want to work on a live interpretation of "Grave New World ".
Rating: 7.5 / 10
Walter Sehrer (Eclipsed magazine)
NEW ALBUM 'GRAVE NEW WORLD - PART TWO'
GRAVE NEW WORLD - PART TWO
We'd like to thank the great number of people who have already pre-ordered the new album. We are overwhelmed by the huge amount of orders from our webshop alone. We hope for a quick delivery and
that you like the new album. If so, please spread the word :-) !
Of course, in addition to many other distributors, our webshop is still available to you. And there will still be a good offer for the Part One and Part Two bundle.
The first complete video for the new album 'Grave New World - Part Two in online.
here's HUXLEY WOULD APPROVE: Looking For A Miracle (track 6) from the album GRAVE NEW WORLD - PART TWO:
5th ALBUM TEASER ONLINE
4th ALBUM TEASER ONLINE
BASS RECORDING TONIGHT FOR 'LEADEN WINGS'
DRUMS RECORDINGS FOR NEW SONG 'LEADEN WINGS' FINISHED
Great drums recording session for the part two song 'leaden wings' yesterday. Fantastic work Billy! Cheers!
RECORDINGS FOR PART TWO TO RESTART
NEW SONG TO DOWNLOAD
In the MEDIA section you find a new song for your listening pleasure or download via soundcloud.com
If you like it please leave a message in our guestbook or on our facebook site (see under CONTACT).
Joe and Rainer
Unfortunately we have to announce that the release of GRAVE NEW WORLD - PART TWO will not be possible this year.
We are working hard on the recordings and the production of the new album but we don't want to 'deliver' an unfinished work to the fans. We look forward to 2018 and the release of GRAVE NEW WORLD - PART TWO in the first half of the year.
Soon we will release a new song for download on the website and on Facebook, so you can get a taste of what awaits you in 2018.
All the best!
Joe and Rainer
We are very proud and grateful to be part of the Top 10 list of the "ten most important publications of the year 2016" by the editors of the German Prog magazine "Betreutes Proggen (unified with Progressive Newsletter)". It is fantastic to be listed with artists such as Marillion, Steven Wilson, Opeth, Crippled Black Phoenix, King Crimson, Haken etc. Many thanks to all of you at 'Betreutes Proggen" and especially to the two editors Philipp Röttgers and Christoph Firmenich for the great appreciation/evaluation of our debut album 'Grave New World - Part One'.
Thank you all for the great support!
Another album review of Grave New World - Part One on the Dutch Progressive Rock Pages (in English).
Another review of the Grave New World - Part One album at "Babyblaue Seiten" / German Prog pages (in German).
The HWA Shop is back online again. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Another review of the GNW-PT1 album at "BETREUTES PROGGEN" (combined with "Progressive Newsletter") - in German. Enjoy!
Another brand new interview at "Prog running ART MuSiC bOOKS BlogS mONTREAl" by Jorge Rittatore, Montreal - Canada, with Joe and Rainer (in English). Enjoy here.
Another very nice report at progsound.de (in German).
At ProgStreaming you can now listen to the whole album.
(before you are going to buy the CD ;-))
Latest issue (April 2016) of German Prog-Rock-Magazine "Eclipsed" includes an interview with Rainer and Joe about HWA and the new album. You can read the online version here.
We have received questions regarding the purchasing of T-Shirts…..
Great news! We now have a HUXLEY WOULD APPROVE T-Shirt in our Shop!
For those who missed yesterdays Prog Mill Radio Show of UK's Windmill Radio Stafford with an introduction of HUXLEY WOULD APPROVE's song FLOWERS here's the link to a stream to listen to any time you like (HWA starts around 1:30): ProgMill
Latest issue (March 2016) of German Prog-Rock-Magazine "Eclipsed" includes a review of the new album 'Grave New World - Part One' and the song 'Flowers' made it on the CD Sampler (for subscribers).
A new video for the song FLOWERS from the album 'Grave New World - Part One' is added in the MEDIA section.
You can now pre-order the new release 'Grave New World - Part One' via 'Just For Kicks Music'.
We are glad to announce that the new album 'Grave New World - Part One' will be released on the 1st of March 2016.
Thanks to all for the nice chatting at the Night of the Prog Festival at the Loreley in Germany this last weekend. If you find the time please take a listen in the media section and leave a comment in the guestbook or on facebook. Cheers!