Dorian Opera | Crusade 1212

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Crusade 1212

by Dorian Opera

A new epic concept studio album of the German prog metal band - a story of war and romance, grief and hope, told with true passion and virtuosity.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ouverture 1212 ( instr. )
5:13 $0.99
2. Soldier of Fortune
5:36 $0.99
3. Sermon In Saint-Denis
5:43 $0.99
4. Follow Your Heart
9:12 $0.99
5. Crusade ( instr. )
6:07 $0.99
6. Two Hearts
4:12 $0.99
7. Harbour of Marseilles
5:15 $0.99
8. Carthago
5:25 $0.99
9. So Long
4:09 $0.99
10. Hope
6:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
After a long battle the band has returned victorious with a result that is truly worth hearing!

Dorian Opera's „Crusade“ is an epic piece telling a story full of war and romance, loss, grief and hope. With racing speed this drama takes you along on an adventures journey, which is perfectly represented by the music. Constant restlessness, war and tempests are pictured and driven into a dramatic climax through complex and impulsive rhythms.

The new concept album is based on a true event from the European medieval history: in the year of 1212, some thousands of French and German young people made their way to the Holy Land – the event which later became known as the Children's Crusade; this journey was at times just torterous, and had ended up in a disaster .

After the successful debut of „No Secrets“ in 2008 where the musicians have already shown a great hit-potential this album is going to a completely new level. One can really say that this band has found their own, unique style. Also in terms of members the band has become richer. With „Sven the axe“ - vocal and songwriter of Solemnity the music has found an impressive and strong interpreter. Also the rhythm section has expanded: bassist Wolfgang Fetzer is in no way less skilled and professional as the rest of the group.

Oliver Weislogel on the guitars who is also responsible for the songwriting as well as the production, drummer Harry Reischmann famous for his fire-show, and keyboardist Andrew Russak who has brought the story to life with his epic texts and some beautiful compositions too, are showing what is possible for a well rehearsed team. Who was surprised by the good quality of the guitar-solos and the clear and fast riffs will be delighted with the sound on „Crusade“ that shines with thrust, clearness and preciseness.

Everyone who loves complex and epic metal can really look forward to this album!

Dorian Opera is:

Sven The Axe – lead vocals
Oliver Weislogel – electric and acoustic guitars
Andrew Roussak – keyboards, string and choir arrangements, back vocals
Joe Eisenburger - bass
Harry Reischmann – drums

Guest appearance of Alexandra Goess, vocals

Produced , recorded and engineered by Oliver Weislogel
Mastered by Christian Schmid at Music Factory, Kempten

Story by Andrew Roussak
All lyrics by Andrew Roussak & Sven The Axe

Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 composed by Oliver Weislogel
Tracks 1, 8, 9 composed by Oliver Weislogel & Andrew Roussak
Tracks 6, 10 composed by Andrew Roussak

Bandphotos by Rod Meier

All layouts by Sven The Axe

Coverartwork by Tuomas Pekkarinen, represented by Rainer Kalwitz,

Copyright 2011. All rights reserved by Dorian Opera.
SOLEMNITY MUSIC under license to Dorian Opera 2011

Status of the CD: audio CD, transparent tray, 16-page color booklet.

Reviews' picks:

"The band mixes power, progressive and symphonic metal and wraps it up in an awesome display of musicianship and prowess. This is an intense listen and if you are looking for comparisons with other bands Symphony X and Dream Theater would be your best bet but Dorian Opera have a unique sound that is all their own.... It is early in 2011 but surely their brand new album Crusade 1212 will make many 'best of' lists come the end of the year. This is a great band and their latest album proves it without a doubt."

Jon Neudorf for Sea Of Tranquility, Progressive Ears - 08.05.2011

"The level of musicianship displayed here is rather stunning and outstanding, powerful musical interactions, well thought out songs that feature some really interesting time changes that is married by what can only be described as outstanding dexterity from all the participants. This is a band that plays high energy music, tearing their instruments up with style. We are talking about a band that has brought all their elements together, taking influence from the likes of Dream Theater, Symphony X and classic bands such as Yes, Rush and ELP and adding baroque, classical, renaissance and medieval music into the mix. This can only lead to an exercise in high craftsmanship placed in the right hands; these are the hands and the band don’t disappoint..."

John O'Boyle for DPRP, 17.04.2011 Rating 8/10 DPRP recommended.

"..Comparisons to Sun Caged, Mattsson, Consortium Project, and even what a stripped down Ayreon would be like are present - there is something for everybody here as its musicianship, melodic, and monster shredding, both from the guitar & keys, with an intense rhythms section, bring about a well rounded offering of prog metal. "

Tommy Hash for Ytsejam, 06.12. 2011

"Three years after their very worthwhile debut album No secrets, German prog metal band Dorian Opera have returned with a masterpiece. Crusade 1212 is a fascinating concept album with a tragic opera-like storyline, inspired by the historical Children's crusade. ...The music falls roughly in the Dream Theater meets Neo Prog range, with considerable instrumental virtuosity, but without noodling for noodling's sake. The extended instrumental passages are all fit for purpose, and in the best prog tradition...."

Art Rock for Prog Archives, 6.04.2011

CRUSADE 1212 is an excellent album no doubt about it, and DORIAN OPERA have shown with this release that they are serious about making it in the progressive metal game....Bands like SEVENTH WONDER are the next in line to take the throne from bands like DREAM THEATER and SYMPHONY X, but the line after that begins with DORIAN OPERA…..Jump on the bandwagon now, I’m pretty certain that bigger and better things await this band and it’s only a matter of time and a little bit of luck.

Written By ZeeZee for MyGlobalMind, 12.05.2011Rating : 8/10



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