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Opening Act

by Stencil Forest

Stencil Forest draws on the melodic style of classic pop bands, but with complex keyboard and guitar parts remeniscent of progressive rock bands. Hints of Yes, Kansas, Ambrosia, Styx, and Happy the Man intertwine in Stencil Forests' sound.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Opening Act
5:46 $0.99
2. Celestial Voices
4:16 $0.99
3. Just a Fantasy
4:36 $0.99
4. Crossroads
3:47 $0.99
5. Looking Back
3:59 $0.99
6. The Pandemonium Shadow Show
8:48 $0.99
7. Indian Summer
4:16 $0.99
8. Five Studded Poker Player
5:59 $0.99
9. Bonus Track: Five by Five
3:30 $0.99
10. Bonus Track: Just a Fantasy (Acoustic Version)
4:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
7/9/05-The Abyss is almost completed! Tracking is done and mixing is almost complete. Stay tuned for more info or send inquiries to: ron@stencilforest.com or frank@stencilforest.com.


STENCIL FOREST-OPENING ACT (USA) (Realtime Records 1983)

...I had never heard of this band and bought it purely on speculation. What we have here is a mix of Kansas, Styx and some influences of Starcastle.

...every song is a winner. This band had it all. Great song quality, lots of keys and the right amount of guitar. Take a listen to the Styx-like titlesong and the more progressive tracks "The Pandemonium Shadow Show" (with lots of Kansas influences) and "Five Studded Poker Player" (great keyboard outro) and you'll know what I mean. This band deserved better than fading into obscurity.

Edgar Versaan
AOR Dreamzones www.aordreamzones.com

Very rare Pomp gem on plenty of "wants" lists, and rightly so! Styx, Hobbit, and Kansas hybrid that will cause you to feverishly add another name to the never ending list of albums you need, and feel that you can't live without. Added bonus is that the production, for an indie label, is very good. Pomp lovers check out the track below and be prepared to be blown (if you like) ... away! CLASSIC! These guys should be tracked down at the earliest opportunity... and re-issued! Labels take note. A little birdie tells me that it will be re-issued late in 2004. Here's hoping we can get an interview!

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kevin bowlby

this cd awakeked my feelings of fantastic music
for a band from a small town, with very little big city influence, this band rocks. finally i don't have to listen to the pop rockers anymore, and can listen to music that is carefully well written, and has meaning to the lyrics. keep it up !!!!!!!!


Very good discovery
I've discovered STENCIL FOREST by chance on CD BABY webside. Very good surprise, good melody and good arrangement. I like STYX and KANSAS, and it's true, there is some similarity with them, but I think STENCIL FOREST is most progressive. So, thank you to CD BABY and bravo to STENCIL FOREST. Bruno from France.


Progressive and tight eighties sound. Fantastic 80's era production that still
Progressive and tight eighties sound. Fantastic 80's era production that still rings true! Stencil forest combines all the best that the 80's era rock bands embodied. Great vocals, fantastic guitar and keyboard arrangements, all cohesively delivered in superb musical package. Can't wait for their next one! I hear it's due out this November.

mark bolliger

great unknown prog
Great unknown Hoosier prog. I hear Kansas, Styx and bits of Starcastle and even Gypsy. Spot on vocals. Solid production. The more recent Five by Five cut is more MOR but still pretty good. Too bad they never got the Big Break.