Artension return with "Phoenix Rising", their follow-up to 1996's international success "Eye Of The Storm." Once again twenty-two year old Ukrainian keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij, Swiss guitarist Roger Staffelbach and world-class vocalist John West are the driving force, with drummer Mike Terrana and bassist Kevin Chown completing the band. This CD will push the boundaries while remaining true to Artension's progressive metal influences. As you might expect, brilliant neo-classical ensemble sections and furious solo trade-offs augment some dynamic progressive metal songwriting. The lone instrumental is the Kuprij solo piano composition "I Really Don't Care", and James Murphy adds a guest guitar solo to "Goin' Home".
|06:43||Through The Gate||Vocal|
|08:47||Valley Of The Kings||Vocal|
|04:59||Into The Blue||Vocal|
|07:38||The City Is Lost||Vocal|
|02:13||I Really Don't Care||Instrumental|
|Roger Staffelbach||Guitars, Production|
|James Murphy||Guitar Solo on "Goin' Home" , Engineering, Mastering|
|Vitalij Kuprij||Keyboards, Production|
|Mark Rennick||Basic Tracks Engineering, Mixing|
|Joe Marquez||Vocal Engineering|
|Gene Cornelius||Mixing Assistance|
|Dave Stephens||Graphic Design, Cover Illustration|
|Basic tracks, vocals and mixing performed at Prairie Sun Studios, Cotati, CA.
Guitar and keyboards tracks recorded at Sound Temple Studios.
Mixed at Prairie Sun Studios, Cotati, CA.
Mastered at Sound One.