Artension "Forces Of Nature"

Artension "Forces Of Nature"

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Forces Of Nature
The Story
Artension is built around the talents of Ukrainian keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij and Swiss guitarist Roger Staffelbach. "Forces Of Nature" is Artension's follow up to the internationally acclaimed "Phoenix Rising", and once again showcases the musical virtuosity of founders John West, Kuprij and guitarist Staffelbach. Intense neo-classical ensemble sections and solo trade-offs augment some of the best progressive metal song writing in years. Additionally, "Forces Of Nature" features guest guitar solos by James Murphy on tracks such as "Tall Ships", "Shape Shifter" and "Guardian Of The Hunt". The lone instrumental is the Kuprij composition "Wild Trip" - which also boasts Murphy and Staffelbach on guitar.
The Music
06:29 The Forces Of Nature Vocal
05:10 Ride Like The Wind Vocal
07:24 Behind Your Eyes Vocal
05:00 The Truth Vocal
06:07 Tall Ships Vocal
06:16 Shape Shifter Vocal
03:42 Wild Trip Instrumental
07:05 Guardian Of The Hunt Vocal
07:09 Lost Horizon Vocal
02:47 You Are My Heart (Ode To Autumn) Vocal
The Artists
Roger Staffelbach Lead And Rhythm Guitars, Production
John West Vocals
Vitalij Kuprij Piano, Keyboards, Production, Arrangements
Shane Gaalaas Drums
John Onder Bass
Mike Varney Production
Mark Rennick Engineering, Mixing
Joe Marquez Engineering
James Murphy Engineering, Guest Guitar
Lonnie Park Additional Lead and Background Vocal Engineering, Background Vocals
Robert McGraw Engineering Assistance
Gene Cornelius Engineering Assistance
Ralph Patlan Mixing
Christopher Ash Mastering
Steve Jennings Photography
Dave Stephens Layout And Design
Basic tracks and lead vocals recorded at Prairie Sun.

Keyboards and guitar recorded at Sound Temple Studios, Oakland, CA.

Additional lead and background vocals recorded at Ultimate Music.

Mastered at Sound One, El Cerrito, CA.