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Live at Rosefest 2005

by Cryptic Vision

Cryptic Vision is a Progressive Rock Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introspective/Contemplation/Grand Design (Live)
14:36 $1.99
2. In a World (Live)
16:07 $1.99
3. Ascension (Live)
5:27 $0.99
4. Keyboard Solo (Live)
2:08 $0.99
5. Shock Value (Live)
4:09 $0.99
6. Progledy (Live)
13:55 $0.99
7. In a World (Studio Demo) [Live]
16:29 $1.99
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Album Notes
On May 1st. 2005, at 11:00 am Cryptic Vision walked on stage at the annual Rites of Spring Festival held in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. This was their 3rd live show together and they exploded in a celebration of powerful progressive music.

(Review from
I must say, I really loved Cryptic Vision's first CD, "Moments of Clarity", but seeing these guys perform live was like getting a direct infusion of nuclear power. From the opening notes these guys were ON. I was suddenly wide awake, aware and clearly in the presence of some kick ass great players. Todd Plant sang his heart out and man this dude could hit those high notes. By the end of the show he was totally spent and it was a good thing they had run out of time as I do not think Todd had even one short encore left in him. One cool thing these guys did was a medley supposedly paying homage to prog gods of days past. They started with "The Water" by Spock's Beard, Yes "Yours Is No Disgrace", Kansas "Song for America", Dream Theater "Erotomania" and ELP "Karn Evil 9". Now while I do not think bands like Dream Theater or even Spock's Beard should be or even could be considered prog gods of old, I suspect no one could argue that both those two bands are clearly influences of Cryptic Vision. I could not imagine a better opening act for Sunday and it was funny that while some missed the opening minutes of their set, most of the weekend attendees did get to see these guys and how they put their entire heart and soul in their music. Next year I bet a lot more people make sure they are on time for the Sunday opening band as you just never know. Cryptic Vision has definitely raised the bar.

Stephen Ellis,



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Andy Shoesmith-Cd Services UK

A perfect sound quality mixing desk recording, this is the sound of prog-rock as
A perfect sound quality mixing desk recording, this is the sound of prog-rock as it should be played - loads of instrumental passages, soaring
solos, searing leads, great vocals delicious harmonies, a solid rhythm section - it's all here and then some! The opening track, a trilogy of
'Introspective/Contemplation (excerpt)/Grand Design', is indicative of what's to come. It opens with this mighty sound of the band whipping up a
prog storm, building on waves of keyboard textures and sweeping guitars set above a driving rhythm section. Then Yes-like harmony vocals appear, the
strong lead voice of singer Todd Plant enters, does a brief vocal, then the band take off again and the whole track just leave you open-mouthed at the
sheer epic quality of it all, synths and guitars flying over the strong bass and drums driving force. Then at the eight-minute mark, this amazing sea of
Yes-like harmonies soars in and the effect is spellbinding - as powerful and potent a pure prog-rock brew as you'll get! The vocals then take on those
trademark multi-part harmonies and leads that Yes had down to a tee, and this is the sort of prog that would undoubtedly appeal to a Yes fan, even
though the band is entirely original. As a fourteen minute opening track, this is one of the finest starts to a live prog-rock album I've heard in years.
But it just gets better - the next track is the sixteen minute: 'In A World' - and this is awesome too! Featuring an initial sea of organ, synths,
guitars and rhythm section, it then opens out into a gorgeous piano solo backed with drums, then Mellotron choirs soar in, the guitar rises up from
below, and the whole thing seems to hang suspended before it stops and a lone acoustic guitar rings out - just amazingly well done - and the vocal
appears and the song portion of the track begins. Then it takes off as the band and harmony vocals are added, before trailing down again to just
keyboards, acoustic guitar and lead vocal, then, as the whole thing builds once more, there are wailing synth solos and finger-flying acoustic guitar
work soaring high in the mix, before the whole band steams in and a synth solo just soars above it all to jaw-dropping proportions - Superb - and
there's still six minutes to go! Next, the electric guitar leads the way as a red-hot solo flies into life above the huge-sounding band backdrop and
solid rhythms that are raising the tempo. A brief quiet section for a vocal passage takes place before the band gather strength and roar to the end on
an amazing finale. Just Stunning!
A strong five-minute: 'Ascension' leads into a two minute synthesizer solo and then the rocking four minutes of "proggy" power that is: 'Shock Value'.
The album ends with a near fourteen minute track entitles 'The Progledy', which seamlessly melds together tracks by Spock's Beard, Kansas, Yes, Dream
Theater, Genesis and Emerson, Lake & Palmer and you don't need me to tell you that it's absolutely sensational stuff!
A bonus track in the form of a studio demo of: 'In A World' completes the album, and there's no way you'd know that it's a demo, for sure, as the
studio version here is just immense, with the band playing a blinder and giving just a hint of how monumental the next studio album is going to be,
as the sixteen minute track becomes one of those seriously astounding prog-rock epics that you're just going to want to play and play and play,
with its searing instrumental work, stunning vocals and harmonies, and just a great way to end what has been one of the best prog-rock live albums
released in 2005 (and probably beyond that). Awesome!
Andy Shoesmith
CD Services, UK

John W.

A great ProgRock find.
The music on this CD is Yeslike. I am very happy that I found this jewel. The song, In a World, has all the progressive energy ProgFans are looking for. The prog tribute, Progledy, is a great tribute to Yes, Kansas, Dream Theatre, Genesis, ELP, and Spock's Beard. These guys were truly inspired by by their Prog Idols.