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by Sleepy Hollow

Taking the musical inspiration of classic prog, here you'll find heavy metal songs with flutes and counterpoint, epic instrumental passages with thick keyboards, gentle acoustic sections juxtaposed with roaring electric rock, and diverse musical styles.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Out of the Mist
5:42 $0.99
2. The Mirror
6:03 $0.99
3. Cousin Katie
2:21 $0.99
4. The Wanderer
10:08 $0.99
5. Come with me, Melina
7:17 $0.99
6. Too Late
3:14 $0.99
7. Nadia's Song
4:11 $0.99
8. The Soldier's Lament
5:09 $0.99
9. Butterfly Queen
1:04 $0.99
10. Sorrow's Might
13:11 $0.99
11. Farewell To Wilderness
4:29 $0.99
12. Armageddon
8:30 $0.99
13. Unselfconcious
7:59 $0.99
14. Joan
1:20 $0.99
15. Troubled Times
5:23 $0.99
16. For the World is Hollow
6:05 $0.99
17. La Femme Arme
6:01 $0.99
18. I'm Insane
3:13 $0.99
19. Aristotle's Lantern
8:56 $0.99
20. Hall of Voices
18:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
The songs presented here in LEGEND are indeed legends from Sleepy Hollow's 11-year career. This double album contains the first song ever written by the band (the backing music of which was used to audition the guitarist), songs being written by Joe and Mole before joining the band, songs written during various acoustic and electric formations of the band, and new material worked up during the recording. Previous albums were recorded with various limitations: the EP was just a sampler to get the word out, "Goin' Over" was made up of the simple organ/electric-guitar based songs the band was playing at their club gigs (where they didn't have time nor space for pianos, acoustic guitars, and other frills), and "The Lazarus Project" was a heavy metal oriented distillation of the recording sessions for LEGEND. But, here, we finally get the full flowering of the band's musical ambitions, limited only by the band's choice of what they consider their best music.
There's a wide variety of music on this 2-CD set. There are short, gentle, lovely piano and flute based songs and instrumentals reminiscent of classical music (or even the better new age music such as George Winston). There's the haunting, epic, 10-minute classical guitar/pipe organ/percussion "The Wanderer" which may call to mind early Genesis. "Unselfconcious" is more in the vein of a Tori Amos piano song, with building instrumentation going from electric piano to heavy rock, and a wonderful orchestrated section. On the other hand, "Armageddon" and "Troubled Times" are high energy heavy metal. The classic acoustic-into-heavy song structure gets a new twist in "The Soldier's Lament" (where the acoustic part is based around Irish harp instead of acoustic guitar) and "La Femme Arme" - which starts with medieval harmony vocals, segues into contrapuntal flutes over classical guitar, then takes off into classic metal with female vocals reminiscent of Nightwish and a psychedelic keyboard solo in 10/8. "Nadia's Song" shows what the "unplugged" movement could've done by providing a speed-metal song based around piano and classical guitar (with a lovely violin coda and multifaceted female vocals). "Sorrow's Might" is a traditional folk song arrangement that moves between heavy metal and Pentangle-ish fingerpicked acoustic guitar segments, with a magical interlude for harp and oboe. "Aristotle's Lantern" is a jagged 7/8 prog-metal tune that ends in a four-part canon, before leading into the psychedelic free-form improv of "Hall of Mirrors" which harkens back to Pink Floyd and King Crimson's more avant-garde moments. Coupled with the music are thoughtful lyrics covering such topics as nature, hope, the afterlife, knowledge, and human insight. Overall, the music shows the craftmanship and ambition of true artists, but artists who are capable of both lovely moments and hard rocking!
Sleepy Hollow was formed in Lodi, NJ in 1999, with the quartet of Joe Dell (keys), Dan Castiel (bass, vocals), Frank Melick (drums, vocals), and Matt "the Mole" Schwarz (electric and acoustic guitars, flute, vocals, ). While the four members' love for classic heavy metal was a strong centerpiece of the group's sound, they were always interested in bringing different elements in, including jam music, classical, jazz, folk, etc. This, along with Joe's prominant and talented keyboard playing, gave the band a certain appeal to progressive rock afficianados. When the original rhythm section left a few years in, Joe and Mole soldiered on, as a trio with drummers Gary Rinaldi and Deve Guzman or as an acoustic duo. While the Mole also sidelined with folk and classical music (recording solo and group folk albums and even appearing on an orchestral recording), his and Joe's truest expression was in the creation of original music, so they've finally gathered the songs they've been proudest of as artists and recorded them here. .



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Legend: Sleepy Hollow band
Sleepy Hollow band consists of extraordinary talented artists starting by Joe Dell on Piano, Organ, Synthesizers, Harpsichord, Bass. Matt "the Mole" Schwarz, who plays Electric, Classical and acoustic Guitar, Bass, Flute, Folk harp, Mountain Dulcimer, and Mandolin. Also, often drummer collaborator Gary Rinaldi. Relish in the not hesitant, encouraging, lyrics by Joe Dell and Matt Schwarz, which unfolds raw truthfullness, nostalgic emotions, and a prescient concept.


must have album
Sleepy Hollow band consists of extraordinary talentented artists starting by Joe Dell on piano, organ, synthesizers, harpsichord, bass. Matt "the Mole" Schwarz, who plays electric, classical, and acoustic guitar, bass, flute, folk harp, mountain dulcimer, and mandolin. Along with often drummer collaborator Gary Rinaldi. Relish in the not hesitant and encouraging singing and lyrics by Joe Dell and Matt Schwarz, which unfolds raw truthfullness, nostalgic emotions, and a prescient concept. Long awaited Sleepy Hollow CD titled Legend was worth the wait. Love - Love. The double CD set offers a range of songs from a fast piano in Nadia's song and delving into a fantasy imaginative Universe in "The Wonderer." Endulge in a gentle, subtle, classical piano and a melodious effortless flute in "Out of the Mist," "Too Late," and "Butterfly Queen." Enjoy Gary Rinaldi's precise style of drumming with an emphasis on exactness in, "Troubled Times," and "Armageddon." Experience a thrilling psychedelic organ in "Come with me Melina," and "Out of the Mist." Get lost in an roaring thunderous organ and an explosive nasty guitar in "The Soldier's Lament," "Farewell to Wilderness," "For the World is Hollow," and "Sorrow's Might." Retrieve into the seductive world of a tender soothing jazzy piano in "The Mirror." Finally, Legend makes new listeners discover and devoted listeners fall in love again with some of their original songs and relive those happy moments. This is a must have album; it will have you humming/singing along over and over. Rock on!


Best album of the Millenium
Wow! Where do I begin? I am a newbe to the Sleepy Hollow world. This, to me, is just a story book of music, which I believe it was intended to be. I love the intro, made my hairs stand on edge. The album cascades through so many feelings and emotions. I loved Sorrow's Might, which is incredible and has such depth and talent. Oh yes, Soldier's Lament was another one, the weird battle sequence was definately original. I also loved Nadia's Song, give an optomistic view to a break up, and I have just broke up with my 3 and half year boyfriend. Unslefconious is so beautiful lyracly and musically. I love the balance of the album, how you can get a soft I'm Insane or Butterfly Queen and then get thrown into Sorrow's Might or Aristotle's Lantern. Oh, can not forget Joan, such a beautiful piano piece. I have an aunt Joan and it makes me think of her. Oh yeah, I also have to recommend head phones for this one. Like Hall of Voices, not my favorite, but, good fun. I would say this isn't an album for the pop fan or party animal. But, if you want to disappear into an album and be taken away, this is the one. Thank you so much Sleepy Hollow, this album made my cd collection Legendary! ;)


Best prog of this Millenium!
I have been a prog fan since the late 70s. I have heard many bands, internationally. I have never heard one piece of work so well balanced and complex. There are artistic overtones, incredible production, which is missing these days for sure! The musicianship is top notched! If you love keyboards! This is the one! Virtuoso piano, synth and organ, many diverse sounds. Out of the mist has a very distictive intro! The hairs on my neck are still on end! Such Dynamics! Then The Mirror, very jazz based but original! Very original sounding album! Cousin Katie is subtle beauty laced with virtuosity! The Wanderer, very original. Pipe Organ and acoustic guitar and percussion, fills the gaps in the history of prog! Melina has a 3 section structure. Eerie begining, heavy middle and great organ /guitar lead trade off at end! Too Late, another piano masterpiece intertwined with flute. Very Floydish meat to it. Nadia's Song is incredible! many intrecate sections in a small amount of time. Beautiful violin solo at end that compliment etherial vocals. Soldiers Lament is a masterpiece of itself! Medieval start that builds to a powerful center. Matt shows his instrument diversity on this! Butterfly Queen is a tasteful little ditty with virtuoso female vocals! Sorrow's Might! The reason to buy this album! Such dynamics and keyboard virtuosity. Maybe the best song of the Millenium! Farewell is a strong beginning song, alot of synth! I like! The second disc seems to be the "heavy" one. Armageddon, power driving beginning with smoking lead breaks. Then a beautiful acoustic center that biulds back up to electric and ends with a memorale guitar lead! Unselfconcious is the albums best vocal song I think! with wonderful orchestral arrangement and a guitar lead from Bob Both according to the liner notes. Joan is probably the best piano solo in a classical format ever on a rock album! very Bach! Troubled Times, not one of my more favorite songs, it has its moments, but it might grow on me. For the world is Hollow, Good heavy song, not as progressive until the end, nice ending! La Femme Arme is every prog heads dream, whether metal or rock. The synth lead section in mind boggling! I'm Insane, very reminent of the late 60s, early 70s acoustic, I love melotron! Aristotles Lantern, another reason to get this album! My goodness! Such Virtuosity across the board, It carries the mind and prepares you for the Hall of Voices. and odd piece! Very Psych! early Floyd or Zappa, but even more weird. The warning label told it all! For my 15 bucks....I got my money's worth!!!!! Such a refreshing breath of air in such a stagnent music scene! Thank you Sleepy Hollow!