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Belteshazzar's Dream

by Novus Rex

If you enjoy the vibe of keyboard and synthesizer driven 1970s Progressive Rock mixed with tinges of jazz fusion and dramatic cinematic soundtracks, this album will satisfy!
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Belteshazzar's Dream
8:08 album only
2. Mcmxiv
18:40 album only
3. Plowshares into Swords
10:17 album only
4. Old World News
8:21 album only
5. Locust Swarm
4:31 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Bryan Bertsche ('The Aisle of Plenty', Progressive Rock Radio show, www.classxradio.com)

There is so much to describe in how the music of Novus Rex sounds. One minute it sounds like Yes, but mixed with tinges of Pink Floyd, Genesis, ELP, Starcastle, and King Crimson all mixed together. Which is very cool. The music has a distinct texture that is evident in Progressive Rock and that is what draws the listener in.

Fire of an Unkown Origin
reviewer: progmistress Raffaella

A well-rounded album that is both accessible and suitably complex. J.R. Fernandez proves that he can fuse disparate influences with his own inspiration, and come up with an album that, while not wildly innovative, manages to hit the progressive spot. Lovers of classic, keyboard-oriented prog will find a lot to interest them in this solid debut by a gifted musician and composer. This a disc that makes good use of both tradition and technological innovation, and is also a very pleasing, rewarding listen for everyone but the most snobbish of progressive rock fans

Dan Thaler ('Prog Sphere', www.prog-sphere.com)

In places the keyboards sound similar to the playing of Arjen Lucassen of Ayreon, in the way he plays very low-tuned Hammond organ. I get a distinct “metal keyboard” feel from this throughout the album, though this is certainly not a metal album. There are also some jazzy moments, where the Corea and Jan Hammer influences become apparent, but I feel like I’ve only started to notice those after listening to the album about ten times.

In short, the keyboards are the most important thing here, which is absolutely wonderful in my opinion. I absolutely adore keyboard-driven prog rock. It helps that J.R. happens to be an excellent keyboardist. There’s a lot of keyboards here, from the low-tuned hammonds (as described before), to regular-sounding hammonds, to spacy synths, to blistering synths, to piano, etc. The rest of the instruments are excellent as well, I just feel like the keyboards deserve special mention because of how well they’re done. Also, I’m a bit biased because I have a special fondness for Hammond organs.

reviewer: Marcelo Trotta

Musically, Novus Rex follows a Retro-Progressive Symphonic line, adding elements of Electronic, Jazz and Fusion to the compositions. Fernandez, the father, is influenced by his old favorites: the Progressive bands “ELP”, “Genesis”, “Pink Floyd”, “Yes”, “Gentle Giant”, “Spock's Beard”; the electronic keyboardists “Vangelis”, “Mike Oldfield”, “Alan Parsons Project”, “Larry Fast” (“Synergy”); the Jazz-Rock-Fusion musicians “Al Di Meola”, “Chick Corea”, “Jan Hammer”, “Josef Zawinul” (“Weather Report”); and the Jazz pianists “Keith Jarrett” and “Lyle Mays”. Fernandez stays as the central core of Novus Rex, piloting his keyboards – mainly synthesizers and a Hammond B3 – and producing a sound that is simultaneously bombastic, majestic, and free-flowing.



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